Big, strong, and built for hard work, the Bernese Mountain Dog is also extremely beautiful and blessed with a sweet, affectionate nature. Bernese are generally placid but are always up for a romp with their playmate, whom they live to please. Berners are large, sturdy workers who can stand over 27 inches at the shoulders. Their thick, silky, and moderately long coat is tricolored: jet black, clear white, and rust. The distinctive markings on their coat and face are breed hallmarks and, combined with the intelligent gleam in their dark eyes, add to the Bernese’s aura of majestic nobility. A hardy dog who thrives in cold weather, the Berner’s brain and brawn helped him multitask from their origin on the farms and pastures of Switzerland. Berners are easy to get along with and are particularly gentle with children, but most times they become more attached to one lucky human. Berners are imposing but not threatening, and they stature their aloof dignity with strangers.