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13 of the world's most gentle dog breeds

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Dec. 21, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
Bernese mountain dog

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Bernese mountain dog

Another gentle giant, the Bernese mountain dog is a calm, laid-back breed with a sweet nature. Bred to do farm work in the mountains of Switzerland, these dogs are hardy, trainable and eager to please.

The Bernese are self-confident and rarely shy, but have kind and gentle personalities. They have thick, shiny, tri-colored coats, says the AKC, and are sturdy, but still remarkably agile for their large size.