I’ve been wanting to add the Bernese Mountain Dog to my list of dog breeds for quite a while. I’m always struck by how beautiful these dogs are – their coloring is rich and coat so luscious. I had the privilege, years ago, to make friends with a Bernese Mountain Dog. He was friendly and sweet, probably the most relaxed dog I’ve ever met.
The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in the mountains of Switzerland, mainly around the city of Berne. It was kept mostly as a farm dog – a companion animal and watchdog for the farmer and his family. It was also used to pull carts to deliver the products of farmers who could not afford a draft horse, or whose farms were too small to require one. Today, Bernese Mountain Dogs are still companion animals and farm dogs, are used as therapy dogs, and they compete in draft competitions, tracking, obedience, and even agility.
I will post a picture of my Bernese Mountain Dog design when I get it finished. I must admit that I’ve fallen slightly behind with my dog breed art and have not yet completed last month’s artwork for the Shiba Inu, though I’m very close. There are just so many fun things to work on in my business…it’s wonderful to have this type of problem 🙂