BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG! Why Are They GOOD! Why Are They BAD!
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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. Sadly, the Bernese Mountain Dog has a relatively short lifespan which ranges from 6 to 10 years. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Berner into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme. There are many Health Tests available in order to understand potential risks and the level of said risks, including Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes, and potentially others regarding the specific health conditions that this breed is prone to. Certain health conditions that this breed is more prone to include hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, eye diseases, blood disorders, bone conditions and bloat. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. 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. 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. They are recognisably tri-coloured with the vast majority of their body being a black with rust and bright white markings on the chest, face, legs and tail. 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 is a stunning breed with high intelligence and a loving and friendly personality towards all. However, it is important to consider both the pros and the cons to a breed before deciding if they are the pup for you.