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Meet The World’s Largest Bernese Mountain Dog

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Bernese Mountain Dog. Image by Andre Dehne via Unsplash

Bernese Mountain dogs are stunning breeds originally bred in Switzerland and used as working dogs on farms and for pulling carts. Within this breed, there are some exceptionally large individuals that are known for their impressive size and strength. 

This article will examine the largest Bernese Mountain Dogs and explore what makes them unique. From their physical characteristics to their temperament and training needs, we’ll uncover what sets these incredible dogs apart and what makes them such an amazing addition to any family. 

Happy young Bernese puppy. Playful Adorable Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait in the Swiss Alps. Image by kle1njke@gmail.com via depositphotos

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Physical Attributes Of Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs 

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Giant Bernese Mountain Dogs are significantly taller and heavier than average-sized Bernese Mountain Dogs. In terms of their general appearance, giant Bernese Mountain Dogs have a broader and heavier build than their smaller counterparts. They have thicker bones, broader heads, and a muscular frame. Their paws are also greater than a standard Bernese Mountain Dog’s, often measuring up to six inches long.

Brutus – The Largest Bernese Mountain Dog

Meet Brutus, a gentle giant who has charmed the world with his immense size and lovable personality. Brutus is an impressive Bernese Mountain Dog renowned for being the world’s most prominent breed member.

Born in Montana in 2011, Brutus quickly grew into a large and imposing dog, towering over his litter-mates and impressing his owners with his size and strength. By the time he had reached adulthood, it was clear that Brutus was no ordinary Bernese Mountain Dog. Standing at an incredible 38 inches tall and weighing an astounding 240 pounds, Brutus is a true giant among dogs. Yet despite his size, he is incredibly gentle and affectionate, delighting everyone who meets him with his warm and welcoming nature.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Brutus’s size is his enormous paws, which measure an incredible 12 inches across. This allows him to easily navigate through deep snow and tricky terrain, making him a natural fit for his mountainous Montana home. Moreover, he is an accomplished sled dog and enjoys pulling his owners through the snow on a specially designed-sled. He is also a skilled swimmer, excelling in the cold waters of nearby lakes and rivers.

Brutus remains humble and grounded despite being such an impressive and well-known figure. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his canine companions and is always happy to meet new people and make new friends.

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Personality And Temperament Of The Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs

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Bernese Mountain Dog on a white background. Image via Depositphotos

Bernese Mountain Dogs are great family pets due to their calm and loyal nature. However, the temperament and personality of the largest Bernese Mountain Dogs may differ from their smaller counterparts due to their size.

Size And Personality

The large size of the Bernese Mountain Dogs can have an impact on their personality and behaviors. Due to their size, they may be more confident and assertive compared to smaller Bernese Mountain Dogs. However, they are more likely to be protective of their family and may have a natural inclination to guard their home.

Expert Opinions And Anecdotes

According to the American Kennel Club, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a “good-natured breed with a calm temperament.” They are also described as “tolerant, gentle, and loving.” The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America also states that “Berners love to be with their families and are particularly gentle with children.”

Anecdotal evidence also supports this view. Many owners of the largest Bernese Mountain Dogs have reported that their dogs are highly affectionate, loyal, and protective of their families. They have also mentioned how these dogs can be naughty and playful.

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Care And Maintenance Of The Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs

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Bernese Mountain Dog. Image by Alexander Dummer via unsplash

As one of the most revered giant breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs are a great companion to have. These dogs are known to be gentle and affectionate, making them an ideal choice for families with children. However, owners must take extra care to ensure their health and happiness due to their large size. 

This section will outline specific needs and requirements for larger dogs in terms of exercise, nutrition, and grooming, as well as provide tips for owners of large dogs.

  1. Exercise

Bernese Mountain Dogs are highly active and require regular exercise to stay healthy. Owners must ensure that their dogs get ample exercise daily, as they may pick up weight and be prone to joint issues. Regular exercise can include walks, runs, and time spent playing fetch or engaging in other physical activities. 

  1. Nutrition

Providing proper nutrition is critical to maintaining the health and well-being of larger dogs like the Bernese Mountain Dogs. Due to their size, these dogs have higher caloric needs than smaller breeds. Owners should provide a balanced diet that contains protein, fats, and carbohydrates. However, overfeeding should be avoided as it may lead to obesity which may exacerbate joint problems in larger dogs. Always consult a veterinarian to determine the right amount and type of food to provide to your large dog, especially if you plan to feed them homemade meals.

  1. Grooming

Grooming is essential to maintaining a large dog’s health and happiness. Bernese Mountain Dogs require regular brushing to remove loose fur and prevent matting. Bathing should be done as needed and with mild dog shampoo to avoid skin irritation. Additionally, owners should trim their dog’s nails regularly, as overgrown nails can lead to pain and discomfort for the dog.

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Tips For Owners Of The Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs

There are a few things that owners of large dogs should keep in mind to ensure their health and happiness:

  1. Regular vet checkups are essential to monitor the dog’s overall health and identify potential health issues early on.
  2. Socialization is necessary to avoid behavioral problems from a lack of interaction with other dogs and people.
  3. Owners should always give their dogs ample love, attention, and exercise to keep them happy and healthy.

FAQs

Who Is The World’s Largest Bernese Mountain Dog?

The world’s largest Bernese Mountain Dog is Brutus, a dog born in Montana in 2011. He stands an impressive 38 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds, making him a true giant among dogs.

What Are The Physical Attributes Of The Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs?

Giant Bernese Mountain Dogs are taller and heavier than average-sized Bernese Mountain Dogs. They have a broader and heavier build, thicker bones, broader heads, and a muscular frame. Their paws can measure up to six inches long.

What Is The Personality And Temperament Of The Largest Bernese Mountain Dogs?

Due to their size, the largest Bernese Mountain Dogs may be more confident and assertive compared to smaller ones. They are known to be calm, loyal, tolerant, gentle, loving, and protective of their families. 

Key Points

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These stunning dogs were originally bred in Switzerland and used as working dogs on farms and for pulling carts. 
In terms of their general appearance, giant Bernese Mountain Dogs have a broader and heavier build than their smaller counterparts. 
Due to their size, they may be more confident and assertive compared to smaller Bernese Mountain Dogs
These dogs are known to be gentle and affectionate, making them an ideal choice for families with children. However, owners must take extra care to ensure their health and happiness due to their large size.
Regular vet checkups are essential to monitor the dog’s overall health and identify potential health issues early on.

The Bottom Line

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In conclusion, Bernese Mountain Dogs are a beloved breed known for their loyal and affectionate personalities. They are versatile animals that excel in many areas, including therapy work, agility, and obedience training. However, potential owners must be mindful of their high exercise requirements, susceptibility to specific health issues, and their overall size which may hinder those who need more space.

We strongly encourage readers to educate themselves further about this breed and to consider adopting one if they can provide the necessary care and attention. Alternatively, adopting another similarly sized breed could be an excellent option for those seeking a loyal and loving companion.

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Angel

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

I hope you're not referring to the Saint Bernard in the Caption photo as the largest Bernese.....

Bryan

Monday 28th of August 2023

That's not the largest. My family's was about 250 pounds, and sitting up he was about 48in tall. He also was the runt of his litter. The largest of his litter was between 280 to 300 pounds. Sadly he passed away several years ago now at the age of 11. He was 140 pounds at 6 months old. I don't know if he was a pure blood, but there was wolves known to be in the area where he was found as a puppy. So maybe they all were hybrids. The others were all adopted by 1 man who had a sheep farm. They were so smart, they could open gates, doors and pet proof locks.

Jim LaFrom

Saturday 26th of August 2023

I would like to get more information on this dog and it’s owner. I’ve been in the Breed for over 30 years, quite an active member of the BMDCA, and I am quite sure I would have heard of this dog in passing. Where did you get this information?

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