What Every Prospective Bernese Mountain Dog Owner Should Know
If you’re looking for a big dog that is playful and gets along with both children and adults, the Berner, or Bernese Mountain Dog, may be just what you’re looking for. And like any other member of your family, it’s important to get acquainted with the breed’s characteristics. This will help you know what to expect and be prepared to take good care of him.
Speaking of care, learning about the breed’s history is one way to get to understand your dog. Here are a few questions that many people ask about Berners:
Why were Bernese Mountain Dogs bred?
Berners were primarily bred to serve as general farm dogs. Their strong and agile build made them ideal for the draft and droving work they performed. It also didn’t hurt that the farmer and his family got to enjoy the company of a very pleasant companion.
The following post offers very useful information about the breed’s history:
The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of four mountain-dog breeds who were long at home in the canton of Bern, a vast agricultural region vital to the dairy production required for two of Switzerland’s most profitable exports: chocolate and cheese. Even today, Bern’s website tells us, “Over 12,000 farms are spread over the canton’s valleys, hills, and mountain areas.”
Berners earned their keep by droving cattle, guarding farmyards from predators, and serving as gentle companions when the hard work of the day was done. Read full post at American Kennel Club…
Can Bernese Mountain Dogs live in hot climates?
Berners thrive in cold climates, and it’s no wonder because they were bred to survive in mountainous regions where temperatures are cool throughout the year. Berner owners need to be extra careful during summer months, since the dog’s thick black coat quickly absorbs the sun’s heat. Let him stay inside with you and benefit from the A/C. He’ll also likely enjoy sitting directly below the ceiling fan.
The following post offers useful tips from other Berner owners:
Having just moved to Florida 3 months ago, I have found that ice cubes are wonderful. I also leave my 1 1/2 yr.-old Berner, Grier, along with my 1 1/2 yr.-old black lab, inside as much as possible. I take them for walks in the mornings and let them play outside in the mornings and at night. They are basically in the air conditioned house 95% of the time. We are going to build something with fans and shade so if we aren’t available to be at the house for a certain amount of time they will be fine. They do have access to the garage but we are putting fans in it this week. Read more tips at Berner.org…
Why do Bernese Mountain Dogs drool?
Because they often have loose lips, Bernese Dogs will often drool whenever they salivate. It will hardly ever have anything to do with poor health – it’s just how it is. Those will larger heads and looser lips will drool more, so you’ll want to keep some rags handy.
Here’s why his drooling should not get you overly concerned about his health:
Remember, all dogs drool. There is a psychological component to drooling. Dogs drool in response to fear, but also in response to food. Have you ever noticed your dog’s reaction when he is aware that he is going to get a treat? Just the thought of or the appearance of a treat will cause salivation in a dog. Remember Pavlov’s dogs in Psychology 101? You may notice many dogs licking their lips in anticipation. They are salivating but removing the evidence. Now, those dogs that drool may not be able to do this because of the shape of their faces. Read full post at Dog Breeds Expert…
There’s a lot more information you’ll need before you can confidently decide to bring a Berner puppy home with you. As such, we advise taking as much time as you need to do your research beforehand. That way, you’ll know how to best love and take care of your pup’s needs.
A healthy happy dog is a wonderful addition to any family. If you’re thinking of adding a cute puppy to yours, My Next Puppy is here for you. We always strive to maintain the highest standards in our operations and only work with the best breeders. If you’d like more information about puppy availability for your preferred breed, visit our website or give us a call today on (703) 844-9796.