Bernese Mountain Dog
Why It's a Winner
Berners are known to be easygoing and very devoted. They form a strong bond with a family but often attach themselves to one person in particular. The perfect winter playmate for an only child, this breed thrives in cold weather and loves snow.
Berners typically have a shorter lifespan than smaller breeds, usually living for eight to 10 years. This can be tough for a child who gets attached to his dog at a young age.
Word of Caution
Be sure to select a calm, even-tempered dog. As with any breed, some Berners are shy and others can be aggressive-not a good quality in a large dog. Finding a good breeder is key.