The Bernese Mountain Dog, a pretty tricolor companion dog

 The Bernese Mountain Dog, a pretty tricolor companion dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog, a pretty tricolor companion dog

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Besides the appearance of its large stuffed animal, the Bernese Mountain Dog is an ideal companion dog for its gentleness, intelligence, and immeasurable affection. Children are especially grateful not only for her soft and laid-back side but also for older people who are on the safe side with this strain.

  • Height: 64 to 70 cm
  • Weight: 50 to 60 kg
  • Coat: mid-length and shiny, slightly wavy
  • Color: tricolor (black, reddish-brown, and white)
  • Life expectancy: around 10 years
  • Gestation period: 9 weeks

Description and characteristics of the Bernese mountain dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a magnificent dog of medium to large size, resembling a large teddy bear. He is powerful and muscular. Its head is massive with keen eyes. Its ears are "V" shaped and hang down the sides of its head. Its drooping tail is covered with long hairs. It is recognizable by its beautiful tricolor coat (black, white, and red). Its plastron is white in the shape of a Swiss cross; the color white is also present at the end of its legs and as a line that crosses its forehead. Red spots are present above its eyes, on its cheeks, and on its legs.

Origin of the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a very old breed that appeared near the city of Bern in Switzerland. It is one of the Molossoid breeds (large guard dogs) which have the Tibetan Mastiff as an ancestor. The Romans already used him as a herder, a draft dog to transport milk cans to cheese factories, and also as a fighting dog. This breed was officially recognized in 1913 and it became popular in France in the 1970s. The Bernese Mountain Dog is ranked 20th by the French Book of Origins (LOF) which lists all purebred dogs.

Character and behavior of the Bernese Mountain Dog - Who is it for?

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a very kind, patient, loyal, loyal, and curious dog. He also enjoys the company of other pets. Its gentle character makes it an excellent pet, especially for children. Very affectionate, the Bernese Mountain Dog is even often described as "too clingy". Calm and obedient, this dog is recommended for the elderly who will be able to walk it in complete safety. His kindness and intelligence also make him a very popular dog as a guide for the blind or visually impaired or as a mountain rescue aid dog.

How to take care of your Bernese Mountain Dog: its needs

Even though they can adapt to all types of places, the Bernese Mountain Dog needs space. He's not a house dog. The ideal is for him to be able to let off steam for at least 1 hour / 1.5 hours per day, not counting his hygienic walks. He particularly enjoys quiet outdoor activities such as hiking. Very attached to his master, the Bernese Mountain Dog asks to be loved and respected.

It has the advantage of having a self-cleaning bristle: after a walk, the dirt on its bristles falls off on its own. This is why only one bath per year is enough not to destroy the characteristics of its coat. On the other hand, daily brushing is necessary during the molting periods (spring and autumn) of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Feeding the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog can be fed a traditional diet prepared at home. But since it's not about feeding him leftovers, you need to have time to prepare meals for him. If this is not the case, industrial food in the form of kibbles is well suited to the Bernese Mountain Dog as long as they are of good quality, otherwise, they can lead to weight and growth problems. Adult, 1 or 2 meals maximum are sufficient for him and it is advised not to leave him a full bowl available throughout the day.

The health of the Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a particularly hardy dog ​​breed. But like large dogs, he can be affected by hip dysplasia (an abnormality in joint development) and is at risk of stomach twisting. The latter is a condition caused by an excessive accumulation of gas and liquid in the stomach which can lead to the death of the animal if not detected in time. This is why it is advisable to allow the Bernese Mountain Dog to digest peacefully after meals. 

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