The beautiful and majestic Bernese Mountain Dog is a versatile and intelligent working breed from the mountains of Switzerland. The Bernese Mountain Dog was first recognized by the American Kennel Club as part of the working group in 1937. Originally, “the Berner” was used as a farm dog, being able to herd livestock, stand guard over his farm, pull carts of produce, and still have the capacity to be a loving companion to its owner.
A dog of medium to high intelligence, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a very easy dog to train. When dealing with a dog of working origins, you will usually recognize a heightened ability to pick up voice and hand commands as compared to other breed classes. While the Berner has a thirst to learn, it is recommended that novice owners join their dog in obedience training early to build trust and establish your role as a confident leader. Currently, the Bernese Mountain Dog has become a popular choice for a family pet, having a calm and friendly demeanor.