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HISTORY working roles suited to strangers/other animals Berner’s are a large size breed developed in, well, the mountainous Bern region of Switzerland where they were a successful drover and drafting dog. Their primary roles were to protect and drive dairy cattle to market and pull carts for their farmers. When not working, they were a quiet guardian of the home and affectionate companion to their family. The railroads and Industrial Revolution nearly sent the breed to extinction, but they were brought back by a handful of fanciers in the early 1900s. Since then, this gorgeous canine has become a beloved companion in homes across the world thanks to their sweet nature and quiet personality. TEMPERAMENT OVERVIEW Their original roles on the farm as working dogs mean the breed still likes having a job to do and be rewarded for. This willingness to please, combined with the sharp mind behind their loving eyes, is what most breed fans love most about them today. Berner’s have a soft personality that wilts in an environment of blurry boundaries and harsh corrections, so having a calm, consistent canine leader is of utmost importance for this sensitive breed. They are incredibly affectionate and love to lean on their people or be as close as possible when they are home. They are somewhat independent and can be trained to accept time alone easier than some other large breeds, provided their moderate energy is worked off. Berner’s are relatively easy to train and love to make their people happy, but the same energy level that keeps them focused also limits the complexity of obedience they are willing to excel at. They’ll learn all you teach them and happily repeat it with lots of love and attention in return. Even children will find the Berner patient and willing to learn all sorts of things to spend time with their family. SOCIAL - CHILDREN/SMALL ANIMALS/STRANGERS The Berner bonds evenly with the whole family and does exceptionally well with children of all ages despite their large size. They have a very low reactivity level and are a calm watchful presence that will occasionally join in games. Berner’s tend to be a very nurturing and protective breed with both children and even small animals when they’ve been well socialized. They make an excellent guardian of the home and family, too, with their solid build and deep bark. Berner’s tend to be watchful and aloof with strangers of any kind and it might take a few times before they warm up to new people, but they are an overall very friendly breed. This behavior goes back to the breed’s early days, protecting the home and family when not out protecting the livestock. WRAP UP The Berner is a genuinely excellent canine companion and one of the most devoted breeds you’ll find. Their soft personalities and loving expressions hide the loyal guardian underneath, and they make fantastic family dogs because of it. Don’t let their size fool you; the Berner is a tremendous all-around breed, and it’s easy to see why they have such a supportive fan base.
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