Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog breed, named after the Swiss state of Berne, is one of four standard Swiss mountain dogs. It is similar to the other three (the Appenzeller Sennenhund, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Entlebucher Sennenhund) except for its long, smooth coat.

For centuries, these dogs have worked on farms in Switzerland, guarding property and pulling carts. They were introduced to the U.S. in the mid 1920s and have been popular pets and competitors ever since.

A healthy Bernese Mountain Dog can live as long as 8 years, but the average age is 7.

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