Are you considering welcoming a Bernese Mountain dog into your family? Well you’ve made a great decision; this big lovable teddy bear will love you and your family just as much as you’ll love him. A loyal farm dog that originated from the Swiss Alps, his loyalty and faithfulness is unlike no other. The Bernese Mountain dog is one of four types of Swiss Mountain dogs and the only one that has long hair.
Here’s a list of FAQs and must know information in relation to the Bernese Mountain Dog!
When Should You Neuter A Bernese Mountain Dog?
If you are not planning on using your dog for breeding, it is suggested that you neuter him at 1year- 18months old.
What Is The Lifespan?
Unfortunately, Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the dog breeds that have a shorter lifespan than other breeds, on average they live for 7 years, but as always there are some exceptions.
Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Suffer With Health Issues?
Unfortunately, there are a few illnesses that can be found in this specific breed such as:
- Hip & Elbow dysplasia
- Heart disease
- Cancer- Bernese Mountain Dogs have a much higher rate of fatal cancer compared to other breeds.
- Over heating- Due to having long, thick hair that’s designed for areas with cold climate, if the dog is in a hot climate, any strenuous activities (long walks) should be kept to the morning and evening to prevent heat stroke.
What Is The Temperament Of A Bernese Mountain Dog?
Bernese Mountain dogs have a friendly and calm disposition. They are a loyal companion dog who was initially bred as farm help to pull carts, herd cattle and protect the family. They are incredibly child friendly dogs and tend to mix well with other animals. They are intelligent dogs who are easy to train and aim to please their owner, even though they are easy to train, they are a sensitive breed and they don’t respond well to harsh training. They don’t like to be left alone either and can suffer from separation anxiety.
How Much Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Cost?
After carrying out some research online, it seems that in Ireland, the cost of Bernese Mountain Dog puppies starts of at around 650euro. However, as always we would recommend looking around rescue centres and pounds due to hundreds of dogs looking for their forever home.
Do They Shed?
Yes, they do, Bernese Mountain Dogs have long, silky, straight or wavy, tri-colour coat. The familiar three colours are black, rusty red and white. Due to being long haired animals, their hair will fall out consistently. Brushing and grooming (at least three times a week) will help with this shedding. If shedding is something that would be an issue, then maybe the Bernedoodle is the breed for you!
What Is A Bernedoodle?
A Bernedoodle is a breed of dog that is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.
Do Bernedoodles Shed?
Most are non-shed because of the Poodle gene in them. Bernedoodles with a curly coat are most similar to a poodle and would be suitable for people with allergies because they don’t shed.
Are Bernese Mountain Dogs Indoor Or Outdoor Pets?
Bernese Mountain Dogs are a large breed so realistically they need a large space. Houses with big backyards would be ideal, instead of an apartment. They are also a breed that requires long walks and at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day.
They can haul up to 1000 pounds- 10 times their own weight.
Do you have a Bernese Mountain Dog? Put some pictures in the comments below, we’d love to see them!