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The Bernese Hound (Berner Laufhund) has been bred almost exclusively as a scent tracking dog and has a temperament very similar to that of most other scenthounds. 

 The breed is known to be very playful, friendly & affectionate. They are  are cuddlers and face-lickers, and want to be in the constant company of its family. Although only rarely kept as a family dog in previous times, the Bernese Hound is very gentle and affectionate with children.

Once properly trained and socialized, they are very tolerant of strangers, and many are eager to meet them. 

 Bernese Hounds are alert enough to make decent watchdogs. But their barks are definitely more alerts than they are warnings, so they make a poor guard dog as most are more likely to warmly greet a guest than show them aggression!

A Brie​f History 

The Swiss Hounds (Schweizer Laufhunds) are among the oldest of Europe’s many scenthound breeds and they have long trailed game in the mountains and valleys of Switzerland. They became very highly regarded as a hunting dog and were so prized in Switzerland that until very recently very few other scenthound breeds were used in the country. For several centuries the breed was also highly sought after by French and especially Italian hunters. 

The original Swiss Hound is believed to have been very similar to the Jura Type Saint Hubert Hound , one of the four remaining  Swiss Hounds.

Switzerland is almost entirely composed of the mountainous terrain of the Alps. High mountains with steep sides and snow covered peaks stand in between fertile valleys. Prior to the introduction of modern technology, travel between neighboring settlements was very difficult in even the best conditions and became virtually impossible in the Winter. This meant that many Swiss communities were very isolated  and many regions of Switzerland developed their own distinct and unique types of Swiss Hounds and at one point there may have been dozens of such varieties. By the time that the breed was first recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club, only 5 varieties remained: the Bernese, Bruno Jura, Lucernese, Schwyz, and Thurgovian. Each of these varieties was named after the region where it was primarily found. The Bernese, Lucernese, and Schwyz were named after the major Swiss cities of Bern, Lucerne, and Schwyz, respectively. The Thurgovian (now extinct) was named for the northeast canton of Thurgovia , and the Bruno Jura was named after the Jura Mountains which separate Switzerland from France.

1933 the FCI decided that the 4 surviving types of Swiss Hound should be consolidated into one breed for full recognition and a single, unified standard was written.

  



Look At Me!

The four recognized varieties of Swiss Hound are virtually identical in appearance with the notable exception of coat coloration. Most males stand between 19 and 24 inches tall at the shoulder, and most females between 18½ and 23½ inches. Although weight is heavily influenced by height, gender, and condition, most weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. The Swiss Hound is a well-muscled and sturdily constructed breed, standing longer than tall and somewhat more lightly constructed than the average scenthound. As a working dog, this breed should be free of any exaggerated features which would impede its ability to perform its job. The tail of the Schweizer Laufhund is medium-to-long in length, tapers strongly towards the end, and should always be carried with a slight curve.

This breed is considerably more refined in appearance than most working scenthounds. The head itself is long, narrow, and rather rounded. The head connects to the muzzle very smoothly in a manner more reminiscent of a sighthound than a scenthound. The muzzle is very long, either the length of the skull or slightly longer, and is also quite narrow. The nose of all Schweizer Laufhunds should be black regardless of variety or coloration. The upper lips of this breed do completely cover the lower jaws, but they would never be described as jowly. The ears are very long and hang low. The eyes of the Swiss Hound are slightly oval, medium sized, exhibiting a gentle, calm, and soft expression.

The Bernese Hound should be primarily white, with black patches and/or a black saddle. There should also be tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside of the ears, and around the vent. The white coloration of this variety may be very slightly ticked with black, 

Health

There are no known health problems in any of the four Swiss Hounds so they should easily reach their expected age of 12-14 years.

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