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This page has bits of information for Berner owners and fans.

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The BMD Breed Standard

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Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Standard

The"Berner" breed was developed by Swiss farmers. The dogs were originally kept for their ability to serve the farmers' need for a reliable, multipurpose farm dog. Historical photographs of the breed show us the 'roots' of present day Bernese. Throughout the breed's history and in present day, owners and breeders have appreciated the gentle nature and working capabilities of Berners. Bernese have been the subject of paintings and have been written about in books. Some Berner art from the mid 20th century depicts the environment in which the ancestors of today's Bernese lived and the kinds of work the dogs were expected to do. Experiencing the exceptional human understanding that is typically seen in Bernese has drawn devoted individuals to the breed. Owners' and breeders'understanding of the Breed Standard can serve the task of preserving the breed's finest qualities and protecting the best interests of Bernese Mountain Dogs. Click here for more info.

Click here for info about forequarters.

Click here for info about proportions.

Click here for info about structure.

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Hindquarters

The thighs are broad, strong and muscular. The stifles are moderately bent and taper smoothly into the hocks. The hocks are well let down and straight as viewed from the rear. At increased speeds the legs converge to the center line. Click here for more info.

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Sidegait

The natural working gait of the Bernese Mountain Dog is a slow trot. However in keeping with his draft and droving work, he is capable of speed and agility. There is good reach in front. Powerful drive from the rear is transmitted through a level back. Click here for more info.

BerNESE Mountain Dog

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Bernese Mountain Dog!


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Common Confusions

BerNESE vs. Burmese vs. Bernaise vs. Bernard!

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The 5 Second Rule!

Place the palm of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for 5 seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog on it.

Hot cars and dogs don't mix!

Vehicle Temperature

Even at 70 degrees outside, a car quickly heats up.

Shade

Even in the shade, a car temperature soars to dangerous levels.

Windows

Lowering the windows does little to effect the inside temp of a car.

Professional Human Trainer

Bernese Mountain Dogs

Will train any human to perform these basic Obedience Commands

1. Fetch me a treat

2. Rub my belly

3. Pick up my poop

4. Wipe my feet

5. Speak baby talk

6. Throw the ball

7. Don't hog the bed

8. Give me a kiss

9. Buy me a toy

10. Fetch me a treat (this one's good!)

Dogwood

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The Very Rare Dogwood


Bloat

Phase I

Gas accumulates in the stomach but the stomach does not empty as it should. The stomach starts to dilate and twist.

Phase II

Blood supply to part of stomach is cut off. Shock begins to develop.

Phase III

Spleen and stomach tissue become Necrotic. Very Severe. Fatal.

Download this chart for an easy reference.

Can My dog Eat This?

Yes

Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwis, Pineapple, Strawberries

Yes... but

Apples (no seeds), Lemons (bitter), Oranges (moderation), Peaches (remove the pit), Watermelon (remove the rind)

No

Avocados, Cherries, Grapes, Raisins

Choose a Breeder Wisely

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Before I was Born

-My Breeder studied my pedigree for a very long time and carefully chose my mum and dad.

-My parents and their parents were health tested.

-My whole family proved at shows that they conform to the breed standards.

-My parents and their parents proved typical BMD temperament in tests.

-Someone had me in their thoughts and loved me.

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After I was Born

-My Breeder took great care of me so I grew up well.

-My Breeder made a lot of effort to socialize me.

-My Breeder chose my new family carefully.

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During My Life

-I can always go back to my breeder at any time and for any reason.

-Responsible breeders protect, preserve, and better the breed.

-Be a responsible dog owner - choose your breeder wisely.

Benefits of Petting a Dog

Blood Pressure Drops

Seratonin Rises

Reduced Anxiety

To Shave or Not to Shave?

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This is a hotly contested debate with reasonably concerned parties on both ends. Should you find yourself in a position where you are left with little choice but to remove the precious down, please research the problems first. Here is a good place to start.

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What To Do If You See A Yellow Ribbon on a Dog’s Leash

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on October 9, 2012. Enjoy! Anyone who has ever had an infirmed, unsocial or elderly dog is going to love The Yellow Dog Project, a global movement for parents of dogs that need space. The concept behind it is quite simple.  If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or other items tied to its leash, that signifies a dog who needs space and you should not attempt to pet the dog or bring your own dog over for a greeting.  Now here’s an idea that’s long overdue. The Yellow Dog Project has now made its mark in 45 countries and educational materials have been translated into 12 languages. Fans are calling it, “Brilliant” and “The best thing to happen since the invention of the leash! 

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What Colors Dogs See and Why it Matters

Dogs see more colors than just black and white. However, they do not see the color spectrum that most humans see. Dogs, it turns out, are color blind. This is very important is agility sports for dogs. Kristen (aka agilitymatch) wrote an article for PetHelpful in February, 2016 that explains dog vision and agility succinctly. Take a look at her article here.

How to Greet a Dog

No Eye Contact

Let the Dog approach you in his own time

Pet or stroke him on the SIDE of his face or body. Or on his back.

Keep a Non-threatening posture

Keep with your side or back towards the dog.

copyright Lili Chin