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Bernese Mountain Dog

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The exact origin of this breed is unknown, but many believe they began their existence as a farm dog in the Swiss mountains. Their large hardy build and calm nature made them ideal for pulling carts, herding cattle, and being a farmer's companion. Bernese Mountain Dogs are a highly versatile breed.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is commonly referred to as the "Berner". This wonderful breed has a long list of attributes. They are strong, agile, and highly intelligent. Their gentle demeanor and stunning appearance has contributed to this breed's growing popularity. There are few dog breeds that can match the Bernese Mountain Dogs striking appearance, work ethic, and companion skills.

Does your Bernese Mountain Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
This breed is by nature, loving and alert. They are generally tolerant, sweet, and gentle. The Bernese Mountain Dog is typically excellent with children. However, since they are a large breed, they should never be left unsupervised with small children or children unknown to the dog. They thrive on human companionship and activity and may develop behavioral problems if they are deprived of social interaction. The Berner is protective but is not aggressive unless threatened or provoked. They may be aloof to strangers and have a tendency to be shy. This breed is a devoted indoor member of the family and a willing outdoor helper.
The Bernese Mountain Dog requires daily brushing, with extra care needed during their heavy seasonal shedding. A periodic bath or dry shampooing is recommended. They are typically a hardy breed, but may have a tendency to suffer from elbow or hip dysplasia, cancer, bloat, or eyelid problems. Their size and thick coat make them highly susceptible to heat stroke.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a stunning weather-resistant tri-color double coat. The coat is black with symmetrical markings of white and rust, moderate in length and either slightly way or straight. It is very thick and has a bright natural sheen. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
This breed benefits from early socialization and basic obedience. Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely sensitive and will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. All training should be done with positive techniques such as respect, reward, love, fairness, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Bernese Mountain Dog needs an inordinate amount of exercise, interaction, and activity. They require a minimum half hour of vigorous exercise daily as well as several outside trips. They are not recommended for apartment dwelling, as they need a securely fenced large yard to run and play. They excel in conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, and agility. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 90-120; Female: 70-100 lbs
Male: 25-27.5; Female: 23-26 inches
tricolored; black with tan markings and white flashings
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Anonymous asked:
What is the Bernese Mountain Dogs life expectancy?



The average life span of the Bernese Mountain Dog is 6 - 8 years.


We had a Bernese Mountain Dog named CJ (Sir Corinthian Julliard). He lived to be 9 years old and was such a love. Our family and friends all loved CJ. He's been gone for 2 years now and we still miss him. We had a trainer train him and he got so big so fast. He was 160 pounds and got him down to 150lbs.

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What is the height of the Bernese Mountain Dog at 12 weeks old?

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There is no standard height requirement of a Bernese Mountain Dog at 12 weeks old. Contacting your breeder and vet is the best thing to do in this case, as the breeder can give you the average of his/her pups; while the vet can tell you if your pup is healthy and at the correct height or not.

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I have a 6-month-old Bernese and she weighs 41 pounds. Is this to small?



Your veterinarian will assess your dog's overall health and can check for worms. Also, make sure you're feeding the proper amount each day. My Bernese pup weighed 38 pounds at four months, 77 pounds at 18 months. Much of how a pup develops is genetic. Check the size of both parents and grandparents if you can. Remember there is considerable variation in size within the breed.


Female Bernese's are almost always smaller than males. Normal weight vary between 45 to 65 lbs at that age. Genetics play a huge part in your puppies potential size as well as your feeding and nutrition practices. Ask your vet to evaluate your feeding program and make appropriate adjustments as necessary.

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Should I buy an AKC Berner as a guardian and family member? I am looking to buy a Berner due to the loyalty and companionship. I need to know do they carry some of the same suspiciousness of strangers traits that a caucasian carries, or would he be a good guard dog or not? Each dog needs a job to feel complete and most love to please their owners.



You would need to choose the right puppy, ours is a great family member. As far as a guardian goes he is not one to sound an audible alarm to let everyone know there is trouble, but that is one of the traits that we were looking for.


Not all Berners are good guardians. Ours is very friendly and wants everyone to pet her. However, as she grows, her size and forwardness is enough to cause most people to back off. You will definitely know if someone is there. We've had more than one occasion when our young dog snapped to attention in the house and quietly went to the back door. We peeked out the window and found a Pit Bull in the front yard. Loyalty has to be earned. Ours had none until she learned she was not the pack leader. I've met others who have several Berners and they are great guardians. They don't even let the neighbor's horse get within ten feet of the property line.

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Someone "rescued" a male Berner. Before accepting the dog we tried to explain how much of an undertaking it would be, but they wouldn't hear of it. They wound up getting him, although they refused to let him in their back yard. He only has a narrow fenced in area 4 bathroom. We even offered to fence in the big yard and the answer is always no! He is 3 and a half years old. He barks like crazy 24/7 and I believe it's because he's sick. He also suffers from Pica (eating non-food items) for example; he ate an entire towel whole & then almost choked to death when he threw up. The owner does less than the bare minimum and not because he lacks the means, it's a lack of care. We've done all we can including confronting them about his health and no compliance. I need advice on how to deal with this.

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Report them to the Humane Society or ASPCA. By law, dogs have to have space to run and not be neglected.

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