Bernese Mountain Dog
Hailing from the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Mountain Dogs were initially kept as all-around farm dogs. Nevertheless, they too did have a specific role ideally suited for their large and muscular bodies - cart pulling. Those carts were often filled with milk and cheese, thus gaining the Bernese a nickname "Cheese Dog." Though they're still perfectly able to pull carts, the Bernese Mountain Dog has gained wide popularity as a good-natured, docile, and kid-friendly pet. The Bernese, not precisely a high-maintenance dog, still needs brushing once a week due to their long coat and year-round shedding. But, before falling in love with a Bernese pup, there's one detail you should know about their life expectancy, as these dogs average only about 7-8 years of life.