And smart! He has been "mouthing" me when I get into the house in greeting, but just one reminder and he does not do this to the little boys (HIS little boys) when they get home from school. He knows what behavior is appropriate for which person--at eight months!
I am just so impressed with this dog. Does anyone here have one or know someone who has one? This is the first Bernese Mountain Dog I have ever had the privilege of knowing personally.
there are a lot of them around here. all the french people either have them, shih tzus or lhapsa apso.
they really are beautiful. there is the cutest one around my block. it was a puppy about 3 months last time i saw it, but haven't seen her for a while cause i used to see her when i was walking muffin.
they are beautiful but they are a breed riddled with serious helath problems. average lifespan is abotu 7, i think. such a shame fro any dog but they are goregous. i met one at an agility march i was watching. so neat. love the coat and coloring. swiss mountain dogs ook similar i think, but not as long of hair.
Is it true that these dogs have health problems? I thought they were pretty healthy, from working stock, and not too popular, which is bad for a breed. Also, aren't Bernese Mountain Dogs and Swiss Mountain Dogs the same breed?
This dog loves vegetables and has to be fenced out of the garden. He still manages to steal some tomatoes from time to time. Normal?
I love Thor's curly, curly hair, is this normal for the breed?
And another thing: I have never been told that this is an intelligent breed, but Thor is so responsive. He LOVES being talked to. He lets me hold his head in my lap and kiss the top of his head. Then Thor throws his head backwards with his tongue hanging sideways out of his wide-open mouth as if to say, "This is the life, worship me some more!"
I go home to my Standard Poodle and he seems so small in comparison. And my Tommy is not at all jealous of Thor. He usually sniffs me all over as if to say, "What has HE been up to today."
I want one sooo badly but it is next to impossible to find a good breeder. they are supposed to be starting a program to track the ones that live over ten but I hav3n't heard anyhting about it for a long itme. I have heard average life span is anywere from seven to nine:(
cancers are a problem early on and later as well as hips and knees and a ton of other things.
I know a pair of BMD's that live down the street. Gorgeous dogs, and always very friendly. They seem to be very smart, because whenever I pass they stay on there front lawn w/o a leash or anyone watching them.
I love this site! I learn so much about a variety of breeds! That one picture with the wagon...should be in a calendar, it doesn't get much cuter than that! Seems the only down fall to this breed is the short life span.
<<<I love this site! I learn so much about a variety of breeds! That one picture with the wagon...should be in a calendar, it doesn't get much cuter than that! Seems the only down fall to this breed is the short life span. >>>
That's one of my favorite dog sports, dog drafting, it's what I do all my Bernese!
They are a WONDERFUL breed... and as you said the livespan is their only downfall, I am proud of my lines, some of mine have made it too fourteen, I have never had one die before age eight.
That sounds very interesting! Based on the happy faces on your babies, they seem to like it as much as you!! I had not heard of that breed dog,but must say they sure are cute! If you were able to get them past 7 years, all the way to 14 there is hope they will come with no downfalls! ;-) lol
Cancer is a major killer for BMDs, we have a couple of people in our kennel club who breed/show them. Such wonderfully friendly and nice dogs, but they are riddled with health problems, and in conjunction wtih the extremely short lifespan....
The life span for unaltered dogs is insanely short, IMHO.
Here's a health survey done by the BMD club of america in 2000.
I am a member of Berner Gard... it's a health foundation for Bernese, and we attempt to study all of the terrible diseases, cancers in peticular which effect Bernese.
I know in my own dogs I require mandatory 6 month spay/neuter on all my pups, unless I have found it to be a show prospect, even then once they are finished they are whisked out of the show ring and neutered so fast their nuts are still spinning before they hit the ground...
sorry for the graphic thought...
If I really like a dog and want a litter I will keep them intact. I NEVER do multiple litters from my girls, the risk is jsut too much with this breed.