What Kind of Dog Is Right for Your Family?

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.

Special Care

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.

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