Meet the Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and personalities — from dogs that are ideal for protection to pups that are perfect for family life. There are approximately 167 breeds out there, not including mixed varieties. Each one is unique and they all deserve their own Territory, a familiar place where they feel comfortable and loved. Every month during “Meet the breed,” we’ll delve into the characteristics of a specific dog breed and the type of Territory that suits that pup best.



Meet the Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog originally came from the Swiss mountains, which explains their love for the outdoors! They are good-natured, gentle dogs that absolutely love spending time with their family. They enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking, but their moderate energy level and calm personality make them the perfect house dog. Distinguishing features include their thick, tri-colored coat, and large, muscular stature.

Two words: Gentle giant

About me: Large, friendly, steady-tempered, calm, sociable, obedient, affectionate, intelligent, adventurous, loyal and surprisingly lazy

Likes: Cold climates, running around in the snow, playing with kids of all ages, and long, slow walks

Dislikes: Hot weather, being away from family

Grooming: Sheds often, thick coat requires regular grooming and brushing, fur can be thinned in the summer, and their shiny coats require regular bathing

Health concerns: Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, and cancer

Territory: Big backyard to run around in, a CAPE TOWEL to dry off after a day of exploring, and a fluffy DOG BED

How to adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog:

ADOPT A PET  should be your first stop. It’s where shelters and rescues list their pets for adoption. You can search for a specific breed based on where you live, scan listings with photos and more information about each dog, and then contact that pet’s shelter or rescue to meet the pup.

Selecting a dog is a big decision. You are acquiring a best friend while becoming a dog’s permanent family member. It’s a life changing choice. Needless to say, you should consider many factors before welcoming a pup into your home. If a Golden Retriever isn’t your cup of tea, how can you find the best dog for you? ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS TO FIND THE IDEAL COMPANION.

Meet the Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

July 20, 2016