Before I met Mike, I had never heard of Bernese Mountain Dogs before. Now I hear or see photos of them almost every day! I think it is time for us all to find out why he is so obsessed with this dog breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs originally hails from Bern in Switzerland. They are closely related to other Swiss mountain dog breeds; Greater Swisse, Appenzeller & Entlebucher. All four of the breeds have the distinctive tri-colour markings, being mostly black but with rust and white markings. They were bred as all-around farm dogs, helped to herd cattle in the mountains, and even pulled carts. Carting competitions are still held.
Bernese are popular as family dogs in German-speaking areas and their popularity has been growing rapidly in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Weight: from 35kg up to 55kg
Colour: Distinctive tri-colour (black/rust/white)
Life Expectancy: 7-8 years
Positive Points about Bernese Mountain Dogs
- generally considered good-natured, placid and docile.
- as working dogs, they need exercise, but not huge amounts and generally low intensity
- patient and affectionate with children and other pets
- always look like they are smiling at you!
- intelligent and easy to train
Drawbacks of Bernese Mountain Dogs
- you only get on average 7-8 years to spend together
- continually shedding – heaviest with the change of seasons.
- with a double coat designed for the mountains, overheating occurs easily
Common health issues
- Almost double the death rate due to cancer of dogs on average
- Prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia and cruciate ligament rupture. Arthritis can start to occur by 4 years of age.
- Ear infections
Instafamous Aussies Bernese
View this post on Instagram
Bernershollow squad getting weekend ready. Happy fun Friday! . . . #squadgoals #bernershollow #bernesemountaindoglovers #bernesedaily #worldofberners #happy #squad #funfriday #friendshipfriday #bernesemountaindogs #dogsofinstagram #floof #lovethem #family #rosiedosie #teddybears #arthur #cheekymonkey #love
Check out if you are ready to get a dog