August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Bernese Mountain Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Bernese Mountain Dog averages 26” of glossy black, easy to groom coat. His rich rust and striking white markings set off a nearly square and beautifully balanced physique. The Bernie is strikingly sturdy and well-balanced; a working draft dog with great strength and intelligence.
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Higham - "Molly"


Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy & Breed Information


See AKC Bernese Mountain Dog puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders


The Bernese Mountain Dog evolved long ago as a multi-purpose farm dog in the midlands of Switzerland.  He is extremely hardy, adaptable to any climate or situation, a highly trainable family dog.  The Bernese is alert but not hyper. 


Bernese Mountain Dog Coat, Color, Care: This big boy has a thick, slightly wavy super shiny, easy-care solid black coat accented by brilliant white markings, including a cross-like chest pattern and rich rust red facial markings.  He’s a do-it-yourself grooming pleasure.  If The Berner loses that glossy topcoat, it’s a sure sign of health or dietary problems.


Bernese Mountain Dog Personality: He’s good-natured, never aggressive or shy and while somewhat aloof with strangers, he accepts your friends as his own.  The Bernese is intelligently animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs. 


Exercise Requirements: Bernese Mountain Dogs are farm bred for many tasks so give this dog a chore involving regular outdoor exercise.  A fenced yard will do but Berners also do well jogging with you or by your bicycle which will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like Bernese) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


More Bernese photos, puppy pictures, the Official Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Standard, national club information, and Bernese puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders.
Bernese Mountain Dog AKC Standard
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