The Bernese Mountain Dog, on the other hand, is a breed from the Canton area of Switzerland. It was originally a service animal, bred to help around the farm, cart goods to and from the market, and help herd livestock. Its large size notwithstanding, it is also comfortable indoors as long as it gets exercised daily, and shows a stable temperament that makes it a good family dog as well.
The Labernese could take on the striking tricolor coat of its Bernese parent, with a black ground, a white ruff on the chest and tan to brown markings around the eyes and low on the legs. A Labrador coloring could render a solid coat in black, white, brown or shades of yellow.
There is a shagginess to the coat, but the texture is softer than it appears. The dense undercoat provides protection against dirt and cold weather.
This breed enjoys being with their people, and may not take well to being left alone for long periods of time.
A double coat is best groomed with a rake that can penetrate through the first coat into the second one. This is ideal for the Labernese as well, with its constant shedding. Bathing is only as necessary. Meals should be in small portions, rather than one or two large ones, as bloating or extra weight gain should be avoided.
Affectionate and loving, the Labernese thrives as well on generous praise and regular treats from its owner. Puppies will benefit from constant socialization, and while not overly sensitive to harsh commands, gentle handling is best for this breed.
The Labernese is not an overly athletic dog; its endurance can be easily taxed, and it can sustain only short bursts of energy. Long walks or runs are not ideal; half an hour to an hour of activity daily in a wide backyard will suffice.