Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
British Columbia, Canada
Posted September 6, 2012
Bernese Mountain Dog
The ‘Berner’ may be the best all round family dog you could hope for. Loyal, protective yet friendly and patient with children these beautiful, sturdy working dogs are great pets, except…
Except that the breed has a huge genetic disposition to cancer. Dogs as young as 1-2 years can be diagnosed with aggressive forms of cancer, although between the years of 6-8 are more common. The reason for the Berner’s susceptibility to cancer is still unclear, but if you are looking at acquiring a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy it is highly recommended you import one from a European breeder.
Once you have your Berner puppy, you will find you have a fast growing, rambunctious (and completely adorable) pet. You do need to take the time to bond sufficiently with your puppy until it is at least eight months to a year old, otherwise Berners have a tendency to wander when they get older. Once you have cuddled, trained and played with your puppy, Berner’s will mature into easy going, loyal dogs that like to be active but are not what you would described as fitness fanatics.
They can be apartment dogs as long as there are nearby parks to play in and you show enough love and attention to make up for their being cooped up for 7-8 hours a day.