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Bernese Mountain Dogs

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History has obscured exactly how Bernese mountain dogs evolved into being, but many researchers believe they descended from mastiffs used during the occupation of Switzerland by Roman legions thousands of years ago. Bernese mountain dogs are a strong breed that was often put to work hauling carts through the Alps. At the beginning of the 20th century, dog breeders began taking a special interest in the Bernese, and created breeding farms in the Swiss city of Bern.

Bernese mountain dogs are a large breed with a friendly, easygoing demeanor. They are social dogs that get along well with children and enjoy regular bouts of moderate exercise. They have thick, long coats that are perfect for the cold months of winter but uncomfortable in the summer heat. Ask your vet about the best way to help Bernese stay cool during warmer months, and be sure to groom them weekly to maintain a soft and healthy coat.

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