There are many interesting things that we can learn about each dog breed. Each canine has a particular story that is quite curious for lovers of these animals.
While many canines share common traits, each was bred differently in the past. For this reason, today, we can find dogs that are more affectionate than others or more active and hard-working than others.
On this occasion, we will talk about the Bernese Mountain dogs and ten interesting facts that surround them:
1. Bernese Mountain Dogs Come from the Swiss Alps
There is not much conclusive evidence about the origin of these dogs, but many experts affirm that the Bernese Mountain dogs come from the Swiss Alps. That’s because several researchers found remains of large dogs dating back to before the Romans crossed the Swiss Alps.
As we have said, there is no conclusive information about that. There are other people who suppose that these dogs were brought to Switzerland 2000 years ago by the Romans.
2. Bernese Mountain Dogs were Bred as Working Dogs
Bernese Mountain dogs are highly talented animals and can be used to perform various tasks. They come from Switzerland, where they were raised on farms to carry out different activities. In fact, these canines were designed to withstand the rocky terrain of the mountains.
Farm families used these Bernese Mountain dogs to herd and guide livestock on farms, and also, due to their excellent instincts as guard dogs, they were ideal for protecting the home and land of farmers as well as the whole family.
3. Bernese Mountain Dogs were Used as Delivery Dogs
Bernese Mountain dogs have large, stocky, muscular bodies with enough strength to pull carts filled with various products made and produced on farms.
For example, many cheese plants began producing and distributing different foods in the 1850s but needed an effective way to get them from one place to another. For that reason, they selected the Bernese Mountain dogs for this job.
In fact, this marked a trend in several countries around the world, such as France, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands, as they began to create carts, especially for dogs.
4. Bernese Mountain Dogs Don’t Just Love Outdoors
Having been raised on farms, Bernese Mountain dogs love to spend time in nature. They are ideal for people who like to exercise outdoors or even those who love hiking or camping. They like snow as they were practically raised in it.
That does not mean that they are dogs that only love to be outdoors. Bernese Mountain dogs can be amazing family pets who love to spend time with their loved ones indoors.
They love to lie down with their owners on the sofa or bed or even on their laps. It should be noted that they were not born to be sedentary dogs, so you will need to exercise them daily.
5. Bernese Mountain Dogs Have a Short Life Expectancy
One of the most unfortunate aspects surrounding this canine is its short life expectancy. Unfortunately, the Bernese Mountain dogs usually live between 6 and 8 years, unlike the other breeds that live more than 10.
The main reason for this is that Bernese Mountain dogs tend to get cancer at some point in their life. Many studies claim that 50% of all Bernese Mountain dogs in the world suffer from cancer, and most of them die at an early age. However, they are also prone to other health problems that impair their lifestyle. Some of them are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart problems
- Kidney difficulties
- Cruciate ligament tear
6. Bernese Mountain Dogs Take Time to Mature
Bernese Mountain dogs take longer to mature than other dog breeds. While this can be a positive for some people, it can also be a headache for others.
There are many dog owners who love their pets to be fun and playful all the time. Bernese Mountain dogs will be very affectionate, naughty and playful for much of their lives as they mature more slowly.
That can be negative for other owners who don’t have time to control their pet’s antics, so they need to be patient and provide their canines with a lot of training and education.
7. Bernese Mountain Dogs Shed a Lot
Bernese Mountain dogs are known for having a double-layered coat that they tend to shed throughout the year. As if that were not enough, there are two seasons of the year (spring and autumn) in which this breed usually has an intense shedding. During those periods, you will see hairs all over the house.
That can be avoided with proper grooming. You will need to brush this pet’s coat 2-3 times a week throughout the year. However, you should brush it every day in spring and autumn, which are the most intense months. Also, make sure to bathe it once every 1-2 months.
8. The Name of This Breed Comes from Its Place of Origin
The Bernese Mountain dog is known as Berner Sennenhund in German. The term Sennenhund comes from the German words Senne, which means “alpine pasture, “and Hund, which means hound/dog, since they used to accompany alpine herders and dairymen known as Senn. The name Berner (or Bernese in English) relates to the breed’s birthplace in the canton of Bern.
9. Bernese Mountain Dogs Like to Make Their Owners Laugh
These dogs love to see their owners happy. For that reason, if they do something that makes their loved ones laugh, they will repeat that action to continue making them laugh. This sense of humour of the Bernese Mountain dogs is known as the “Berner chuckle.”
10. Males and Females of This Breed Can Be Slightly Different
- Male Bernese Mountain dogs are characterized by being larger, broader and more muscular than females.
- Females of this breed mature faster than males, making them easier to train.
- Males tend to be more accommodating and attached to their owners than females.
- Female Bernese Mountain dogs experience many mood swings and can often be more independent than males.