With their calm and relaxed demeanor, the Bernese Mountain Dogs were historically used as draft animals for pushing or pulling carts. Their size, strength and cool temperament made them good candidates for this type of work on farms as well as aiding in herding cattle. With their long wavy fur coats they do well in the outdoors and seem to prefer cooler climates. They are dogs with great power and size, weighing up to 120 pounds and large dogs can reach 28 inches to the shoulder.
Having this beautiful good natured dog as part of the family can be an easy fit because of their temperament. The challenges occur in that they need physical activity to stay fit but they do not have the endurance some of the smaller breed dogs would have. Also with their preference for a cooler climate, a fenced yard with an insulated extra large dog house would be a great set up. This will allow them a shaded place in warmer climates to escape the heat and protection from the elements like snow and rain when they are out enjoying a cool day. This is giving them the space they require and the ability to get up and move about when they want. With them being prone to skeletal problems, an orthopedic mat inside the house can also take the stress of the joints.
The long thick coats of the Bernese make this extra large breed well insulated and in turn, that means a lot of grooming and shedding. The typical challenges of being a pet owner however multiplied by 100 plus pounds which may also increase the need or desire to have them outdoors whenever the conditions permit and they are comfortable. The insulated extra large dog house can give your pet the comfort they require and you the peace of mind you need knowing your pets is safe and protected where they are happiest.