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Breed Guide: Bernese Mountain Dog

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by

A Bernese Mountain DogDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Bernese Mountain Dog

Height (to base of neck): female 23-26,” male 25-27.5″

Weight: female 75-95lbs, male 80-115lb

Color: Black with well-defined rust and white markings.

Origin: Switzerland

Coat: Thick, glossy straight coat that is moderately long and wavy.

Life Expectancy: 7-9 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Bernese Mountain Dog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Bernese Mountain Dog was originally bred for pulling carts and guarding.  Owning to their origination from areas with harsh weather, this bred is unusually hardy.  While some lineages can have temperament issues, the majority are faithful, gentle and affectionate.  They are quick to learn and eager to please. They require close human companionship, but can be aloof with strangers.  Early socialization is needed to prevent unwanted aggression towards unknown people. They have a tendency towards being sensitive and do best with reward based obedience training.  They will blow their coat twice yearly and shedding can be significant during those times.  Daily grooming and regular exercise are needed.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Bernese Mountain Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $278 $4,389
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $418 $1,119
Gastritis $470 $1,835
Pyoderma (Bacterial Skin Infection) $234 $812
Allergies $478 $1,812

 

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