The Bernese Mountain Dog is a wonderful family pet, but there are some drawbacks owning this beautiful animal.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, powerful, sturdy, agile dog. The body is a little longer than it’s tail. The broad head is flat on the top with a moderate stop. The muzzle is strong and straight. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. Their medium-sized, three-cornered ears are set high and rounded at the tip. The straight legs are powerful. The bushy tail is carried low. Dewclaws are often removed. The feet are round with arched toes. The weather-resistant coat is to some extent long, thick and slightly wavy or straight. The dog is tricolor with symmetrical markings of black, rust and white. The base of the dog is black. The Bernese has a white blaze on the chest, and white on the head, toes and tip of the tail. Rust is on the cheeks reaching to the corners of the mouth, over each eye, on each side of the chest, on all four legs and underneath the tail.
These cheerful dogs love children. They are very intelligent, not difficult to train and are excellent watchdogs, but not overly dominant. A friend for life. Self-confident, intelligent and good-natured. Socialize well as a puppy. Slow to mature, play acting like a puppy longer than other breeds. Reasonably friendly with strangers, and are in most cases good with other pets and dogs. The Bernese needs to be with family and not enclosed to the backyard or a kennel. These dogs are sensitive and have got to be trained decisively, but gently. Owners will only run into problems with this dog if they are not displaying a natural authority towards the dog, treating him in a way like their baby and lacking in the awareness as to what dogs instinctually need to be stable minded. Owners who fail to persuade the dog humans are alpha may find themselves with a completely different dog than what is described above. For a dog to feel secure they need to clearly know the rules so they can follow them, thriving in structure, along with a daily walk to satisfy their instinct to migrate. The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for draft work and can be trained to pull a cart or wagon.
Height: Dogs 24-28 inches (61-71cm.) Bitches 23-27 inches (58-69cm.)
Weight: Dogs 85-110 pounds (38-50kg.) Bitches 80-105 pounds (36-48kg.)
Bernese Mountain Dog are not recommended for apartment life. They are to some extent inactive in a house and will do much better with at at a minimum a large, fenced-in yard. Because of their thick coats they are sensitive to the heat and would much rather be in cold temperatures.
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