A strikingly handsome dog of medium size, the "Berner" (as his friends often call him) stands 23 to 27.5 inches (58-70 cm) at the withers; breed standards for this breed normally specify no weight, but the usual range is 70 to 110 pounds (32-50 kg). The Burnese Mountan Dog is instantly recognized by its distinctive tricolor pattern: body, neck, legs, cranium and ears black; cheeks, stockings and eyespots rich tan, toes, chest, muzzle, tail tip and blaze between the eyes white. The pattern is rigid and varies only slightly in the amount of white. A perfectly-marked individual gives the impression of a white Swiss cross on the chest, when viewed from the front in sitting position. The eyes are an expressive dark brown.