The Bernese mountain dog is a large, powerful breed known for its long, shiny coat. A miniaturized or toy version of a Bernese mountain dog is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. A prospective buyer is advised caution if encountering advertisements or promises of a miniature Bernese.
The Bernese mountain dog can reach 28 inches in height at the shoulder and weigh more than 100 pounds. Despite its impressive stature, this breed is quite agile and active if presented with enough open space. This dog is known for its intelligence, friendliness and ease of training and needs to be in the company of people rather than alone. The Bernese mountain dog is an adept watchdog and is excellent with children.