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Standard Bernese Mountain Dog Characteristics
About the Bernese Mountain Dog
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, also known as the Bernese Cattle Dog, received its current name in 1908 when a scientist found this breed in the Bernese mountains. This working dog was originally used to pull carts and herd livestock for its owners.
The modern day Bernese is used mainly as companion dogs for their families.
The Bernese Mountain Dog Temperment and Intelligence
The Bernese Mountain dog is usually an extremely affectionate dog though some lines have unprovoked aggression in them. They are self-confident, alert and good-natured dogs. They aren't particularly responsive to strangers yet remain natural watchdogs. They are excellent with children as well as other animals and very easily trained. They are very loyal have an immense desire to be around other people.
Bernese Mountain Dog Characteristics
The Bernese Mountain dog is known at first sight by its characteristic tricolor fur of a black ground color with rust and white markings. Its thick, long fur may either be straight or contain a small wave to it. The rust is markings are usually over the eyes, cheeks, sides of the chest, on each leg and on the bottom the tail. The white creates a muzzle band, is in the middle of the chest, on the tip of the tail and may cover the paw. They have are dark brown, slightly oval eyes with triangular shaped ears, and a black nose. Their paws are round with arched toes and they dew claws which may be removed. A typical male is about 25- 27 inches tall and 90-120 pounds. A typical female is 23-26 inches tall and is about 70-100 pounds.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health Concerns
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a prone to shoulder lameness which has come about in certain lines, hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as cancer, bloat and eyelid problems.
Choosing a Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is not well suited for an apartment because they do require a lot of exercise, though they do not like to be away from people. They mature very slowly so they need to be handled gently and worked with frequently and consistently.
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