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So, as I already mentioned, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a very loving dog with a gentle, careful nature. This is a massive positive about this breed as they can make amazing family pets and companions, and they are especially good with children of all ages. This is a quality that they are well renowned for and commonly become a close companion to the children in the family. The Berner is widely known for its kind, sweet and rather docile natures. Obviously, as with all dog breeds, you must socialise and train your pup properly from a young age in order to have a well-balanced dog that gets along with all. Socialisation is key if you are bringing your dog into a relatively busy household where there’s new people coming round or other animals. They are naturally sociable, but socialisation helps in creating a confident and well-rounded adult dog. In the right hands, this sizeable dog is an easy breed to train due to their high intelligence and eagerness to please their human companions. Bernese Mountain Dogs are large and athletic dogs that require at least two hours of exercise every day which should be a combination of walks, off-lead runs, playtime and also mental stimulating activities. As this breed is highly intelligent it needs to be kept busy mentally as well as physically to stay happy. They have a large amount of energy and it needs to be released to prevent them from developing any bad habits or unwanted destructive behaviours. They are a very loving dog and companionship is important to them, so spending time with your Berner on walks and playing games is a great way to keep them happy and prevent boredom. The fact that they are easy to train makes them very well-suited to different canine competitions including obedience, tracking, herding and carting. Of course, you need to be familiar with the breed and its behaviours as their high intelligence can also mean that they are quick to learn bad habits or unwanted behaviours, so you would need to be prepared to spend time and effort correcting your dog in a calm and consistent manner. Although the Berner is recognisable for it’s wonderful, thick tri-coloured coat, this does mean that they are high maintenance in regard to grooming. The Bernese’s coat is a double-layered coat consisting of a long outer coat and a wool-like undercoat. Although their coat is incredibly beautiful, they are very heavy shedders all year round. They shed particularly more in the spring and autumn, similar to other heavy shedding breeds like the Golden Retriever. Brushing your Berner several times in the week will aid in reducing the amount of hair you find around the house and on your clothes. Grooming your dog regularly will prevent the long coat becoming tangled with matts and will keep it clean from dirt. Having a Bernese Mountain Dog means accepting the fact that you will find their hair everywhere, no matter how much you brush them, the dense coat will keep on shedding. This may not be a negative for many, but for several people this amount of hair may put you off having a Berner in your home.  The Bernese Mountain Dog has an incredibly loving, stable temperament which makes them a really good choice for a first-time dog owner, particularly due to the fact that they are so good around children of all different ages. They do really well in a home environment without being too demanding which makes them great to share your home with. They are famously known as gentle giants and this really does ring true! They are a wonderful breed of dog and have a very playful side to them making interactive games and play a super fun activity for both you and them. As long as you are happy to deal with grooming and spending time training and socialising your dog, then the Bernese Mountain Dog could be the perfect match for you as a first-time dog owner. Finding the best match for you, your family and your lifestyle is really important, and I definitely suggest doing plenty of research before bringing a canine companion into your home. Knowing more about your chosen breed will definitely help you in caring for them and giving them a happy and healthy life.

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