Bernese Mountain Dog Advantage and Challenges
Bernese Mountain Dog Physical Characteristics
Bernese Mountain Dog Personality
The Bernese Mountain Dog (or Berner, as it’s affectionately known to its many fans) is a big, beautiful tri-colored dog. This gentle and people-loving dog is the 48th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States. You’ll find that this pet gets along effortlessly with the entire family – including other animals – although it may accidentally hurt very small children due to its enormous size. (Note: never let kids climb on the Berner’s back for a ride, as this added weight could trigger congenital hip problems.)
Bernese Mountain Dog History and General Information
History and Origin
The majestic Swiss Alps are the home of the Bernese Mountain Dog. More than 2,000 years ago, Roman invaders entered Switzerlandand the Mastiffs they brought along with them were crossed over time with native Swiss mountain dogs. The result was a strong and sturdy working dog that withstood the cold alpine temperatures.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is more than just a beauty; this sweet and happy dog is also a hard worker and loyal companion. This gentle giant loves kids. Self-confident and alert, the Berner is fairly friendly with strangers, but is a natural watch dog. Eager to please and very intelligent, your Berner will be a fast learner – especially when gentle and patient training methods are used.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health
The Berner is susceptible to several health problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, autoimmune disease, kidney problems, blindness and bloat. To help extend the breed’s life expectancy, the Berner-Garde Foundation is working to discourage breeding dogs with genetic diseases. Cancer, in particular, has become an increasingly common disease seen in younger and younger Berners, and the BMD Club of America is actively researching this unfortunate trend.
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