Get to know the Bernese Mountain Dog
All you need to know about the breed
This very powerful breed may be a force physically but when it comes to their temperament, the Bernese Mountain Dogis a gentle giant. Their pleasant face mirrors the highlydocile disposition found within. The breed is extremely attached to their owners -repeat, extremely attached -and although can initially be standoff-ish with strangers, does warm up quickly. Justlook at those large and tender eyes! One thing is for sure: cuddling is neveroptional.
With a history as a working dog on farms in the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Mountain Dogis very content when occupied. Don’t be shy about handing off the housework: this sturdy dog can handle most any rugged chore humans will give them, from hauling carts full of debris to dragging heavy items. What a great working partner! Their enjoyment of domestic life means puttering about the yard suits them just fine. A large size -the males can weigh up to 52 kilograms -means lounging around the house is welcome too.
The hardy Bernese Mountain Dogbreed does best when in cold settings, and is not the dog to have in a southern or tropical locale. Their thick Teddy Bear-like coat is their hallmark, with its colouring of black on the body accented by a white chest and rust markings.A signature to the breed, as is their consistently contented face.
2 facts about Bernese Mountain Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Bernese Mountain Dog
On the cautious side
The Bernese Mountain Dog can still have a very protective streak, which could be somewhat of a drawback when socialising. The breed is ceaselessly loyal to their owners -or to one person in particular -and very kind to both people and pets alike but can be wary with those new to them. Make no mistake: Having them as a pet is nothing short of wonderful, as they’re renowned for their even-keeled temperament. Puppy training for your Bernese Mountain Dog should emphasise secure surroundings and the gradual introduction of newcomers.
Monitor certain illnesses
Health problems for Bernese Mountain Dogs are to be noted, one of which is van Willebrand’s Disease, a failure to clot the blood normally. Statistically, over 50% of adult Bernese Mountain Dogs can also develop cancer, which makes the Bernese Mountain Dog lifespan a somewhat shorter one than fans of this lovely breed would like. From puppyhood, make sure to visit the veterinarian on a regular basis in order to rule out any irregularities.
At times a sensitive stomach
Bernese Mountain Dogs are big animals, which means there’s a lot to love. But one trait that can plague larger breeds is a tendency toward bloat, or a condition called gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), an at-times serious condition that is known to require surgery. When a dog bloats, their stomach can turn on itself and fill with gas. Although sudden, the condition is very medically treatable, and one of the best ways to prevent it is to adhere to proper feeding. Mealtime should be routine and calm. Watch for any odd behaviour from your Bernese Mountain Dog, such as swelling, restlessness, or sudden signs of discomfort. Regular vet visits will also help to keep the condition -including any vomiting, retching, anxious behaviour, ptyalism, or lethargy -at bay.