Breed Standard

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG
Kennel Club, London 1994

The female has a femine appearance

A beautiful example of a mature female Bernese Mountain Dog

GENERAL APPEARANCE
Strong, sturdy working dog, active, alert, well boned, of striking colour.

CHARACTERISTICS
A multi purpose farm dog capable of draught work. A kind and devoted family dog. Slow to mature.

TEMPERAMENT
Self-confident, good natured, friendly and fearless. Aggressiveness not to be tolerated.

HEAD AND SKULL
Strong with flat skull, very slight furrow, well-defined stop; strong straight muzzle. Lips slightly developed.

Bernese Mountain Dog with Beautiful expression

A mature male Bernese Mountain Dog

EYES
Dark brown, almond shaped, well fitting eyelids.

EARS
Medium sized; set high, triangular shaped, lying flat in repose, when alert brought slightly forward and raised at base.

MOUTH
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK
Strong, muscular and medium length.

Strong and well proportioned

A stunning example of a mature male Bernese Mountain Dog

FOREQUARTERS
Shoulders long, strong and sloping, with upper arm forming a distinct angle, flat lying, well muscled. Forelegs straight from all sides. Pasterns flexing slightly.

BODY
Compact rather than long. Height to length 9:10. Broad chest, good depth of brisket reaching at least to elbow. Well ribbed; strong loins. Firm, straight back. Rump smoothly rounded.

HINDQUARTERS
Broad, strong and well muscled. Stifles well bent. Hock strong, well let down and turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws to be removed.

FEET
Short, round and compact.

TAIL
Bushy, reaching just below hock. Raised when alert or moving but never curled or carried over back.

GAIT/MOVEMENT
Stride reaching out well in front, following well through behind, balanced stride in all gaits.

Movement of a Bernese Mountain Dog

Beautifully balanced movement of the Bernese Mountain Dog

COAT
Soft, silky with bright natural sheen, long, slightly wavy but should not curl when mature.

COLOUR
Jet black, with rich reddish brown on cheeks, over eyes, on all four legs and on chest. Slight to medium sized symmetrical white head marking (blaze) and white chest marking (cross) are essential. Preferred but not essential, white paws, white not reaching higher than pastern, white tip to tail. A few white hairs at nape of neck, and white anal patch undesirable but tolerated.

SIZE
Height: Dogs 64-70 cms (25-27½ ins)
Bitches 58-66 cms (23-26 ins)

FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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You can see the difference between the male and female Bernese Mountain Dog

You can see the difference between the male and female Bernese Mountain Dog