The Bernese Mountain Dog came from the Canton of Bern in Switzerland and was first noticed in the second half of the nineteenth century when farming practises changed and the farmers began keeping herds of cows themselves. Farm dogs varied considerably from the small agile dogs to the heavier farm dogs more like the present day Bernese Mountain dog which were primarily kept as guard dogs and that bonded strongly with the family and the animals for which they cared. Dogs were bred for their working ability and it wasn’t until this stage that the farmers required dogs that were able to pull carts to transport milk to the dairies and herd the cows they now owned. They found the larger, heavier dogs adapted well to these tasks.
The Bernese Mountain Dogs were known as ‘yellow cheeks’, ‘four eyes’ or ‘bear dogs’ and were often very dark without a white blaze or may have had a white collar. As the canton of Bern was quite isolated these traits were seen in many of the farm dogs at this time.
In 1899 a Swiss club was formed which led to the eventual recognition of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Four Bernese Mountain Dogs were shown for the first time in 1902 and in 1904 six dogs were shown under the title of ‘Durrbachler’ ‘Sennenhunde’.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is now known as long haired, tricoloured, above medium sized. strong and agile with sturdily built limbs, harmonious and well balanced. This is the breed standard of the Bernese Mountain dog and we aim to breed puppies which conform to this standard. The highly desired temperament which allowed them to adapt so easily to the new tasks required by the early farmers is something we aim for in the breeding of our puppies