Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
Bozeman, Montana, United States
Posted October 25, 2016
Most people know the word Denali in reference to the highest peak in North America, but in Athabascan it means "The Big One", an apt name for a Bernese Mountain Dog. Even as a puppy Denali was big, and he's no puppy anymore. Bernese Mountain Dogs can grow up to 120 pounds, and that's 120 pounds of pure love. These dogs are incredibly loyal, calm, and caring, but maintain more independence than most. Denali rarely barks (unless encouraged by his canine counterparts) and prefers to spend his indoor time curled up with his humans. Always there when you need them, Berners are a perfect gentle giant for family settings. However, this dog needs a lot of grooming and space to stay healthy. While Denali has lower energy than most large pups, his size necessitates regular access to large, open spaces and plenty of play. As with most large purebred dogs, he is prone to joint issues later in life as well. Bernese Mountain Dogs are a good choice for households with young children or other animals, but need an owner with enough spare time to maintain their coat and physical health.