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Breed Standards for the Bernese mountain dog

General Appearance and Coat: Its thick coat is moderately long, and slightly wavy or straight, providing insulation from the cold

Head and Neck: Well defined stop, skull flat, ears medium sized, triangular with rounded tips, hanging close to the head

Front Quarters: Feet round

Hind Quarters: Tail bushy, carried low

Gait and Movement: Its natural working gait is a slow trot, but with good reach and drive

Characteristics: Tri-colored; black with tan markings and white flashings

Temperament: It’s sensitive, loyal, and extremely devoted. It is gentle with children and often reserved with strangers. It generally gets along with other pets.

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