Where Are Bernese Mountain Dogs From?
The amiable Bernese Mountain dog is an old Swiss breed that was originally used for herding and drafting. They are believed to be the result of cross breeding between Roman Mastiffs and farm dogs from various parts of Switzerland. The breed is extremely patient and laid-back, making them unsuitable for herd or farm guarding jobs.
Over the centuries, they faded from popularity as other breeds, like the St. Bernard, took their place. They were nearly extinct by the end of the 19th Century, until Herr Franz Schertenleib and Albert Heim took a great interest in reviving the breed. They were quite successful, and the Berner was recognized by the AKC in 1936.