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Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy & Breed Information
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The Bernese Mountain Dog evolved long ago as a multi-purpose farm dog in the midlands of Switzerland. He is extremely hardy, adaptable to any climate or situation, a highly trainable family dog. The Bernese is alert but not hyper.
Bernese Mountain Dog Coat, Color, Care: This big boy has a thick, slightly wavy super shiny, easy-care solid black coat accented by brilliant white markings, including a cross-like chest pattern and rich rust red facial markings. He’s a do-it-yourself grooming pleasure. If The Berner loses that glossy topcoat, it’s a sure sign of health or dietary problems.
Bernese Mountain Dog Personality: He’s good-natured, never aggressive or shy and while somewhat aloof with strangers, he accepts your friends as his own. The Bernese is intelligently animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs.
Exercise Requirements: Bernese Mountain Dogs are farm bred for many tasks so give this dog a chore involving regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but Berners also do well jogging with you or by your bicycle which will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like Bernese) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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