FAQs: Frequently asked Questions:
Dog or Bitch?
The dog is considerable larger (approx. 6 cm) and heavier (approx. 10 kilos) than the bitch. There are few differences in character although it is said that dogs are slightly more affectionate. It must also be taken into consideration that the bitch will come on heat twice a year, normally in the Spring and Autumn.
Puppy or adult dog from the dog´s home?
In the case of the Bernese Mountain dog, bonding from an early age is particularly important and a change in owners after 16 months can lead to behavioural problems. It is difficult to accustom an adult dog to new surroundings. Of course, it is better for a dog from a home to be adopted by a family, but the family should be aware that there may be problems and that in general a puppy is the better option.
Training the young Bernese Mountain Dog?
A young Bernese Mountain Dog is vivacious and full of energy and it is important to channel these energies. Dogs should be trained gently and with love and not with violence and threats. Training is vital to ensure that the dog does not develop bad habits.
How much space does the Bernese Mountain Dog need?
Since the dog is one of the larger breeds, he does need space and freedom of movement. It is possible to keep the dog in a flat, but not necessarily good for the dog. The dogs love guarding the house and garden and a garden gives the dog the freedom of movement that he needs.
How much exercise does the Bernese Mountain Dog need?
The Bernese dog is a working dog, who loves physical exercise although he is not a runner. Daily walks are an absolute necessity, whereby the walks should be walks and not long-distance runs or, even worse, runs by the side of a cyclist. The dogs may suffer from heat strokes in extreme heat. Agility or training as a Carting Dog is good for the dog and the dog can be trained as a tracking or rescue dog, which would also give him adequate exercise.
How does the dog behave with children?
The Bernese Mountain Dog, as the other three Swiss Mountain Breeds, loves his family and the children of the family. The dog will take good care of the children provided that he is psychologically normal. A change of owners after sixteen months, for example, may lead to personality problems.
Which illnesses and problems are typical to the breed?
The long coat, which keeps the dog warm, is typical for the breed but
does mean that he is uncomfortable in hot climates. The Bernese Dog is
particularly comfortable and happy on cold winter days.
What does the Bernese Mountain Dog Eat?
High quality food and a balanced diet will ensure that the dog develops in a healthy way. It would not be appropriate to advertise makes of dog food here, but we would certainly advise owners to not only be guided by the cheapest prices as subsequent illnesses can be much more costly than the initial savings. Should you decide to buy a dog from our kennel, we will of course advise you on feeding.
How much grooming does the dog´s coat need?
Although the dog is long-haired, twice weekly brushing will suffice. During the Spring and Autumn moulting seasons, you should brush your dog twice a day.
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