What You Need To Know

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THREE YEARS A YOUNG DOG,
THREE YEARS A GOOD DOG,
THREE YEARS AN OLD DOG.
ANYTHING ELSE IS A GIFT FROM GOD.



Can/Am Dual Versatility Dog
Ch Ursamajor's Stellar Bandit CD, DD, NA

and

Ch Cando's Glacier Express NDD, HCT, CGC

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ABOUT BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS

Bernese Mountain Dogs originate from Switzerland. They were bred to pull carts to market, attend the herds, and be a good general working farm hand. They are a wonderful breed of dog, however their striking beauty and kind demeanor often attract people to desire their companionship without consideration of the many drawbacks of Berners. Some of these are:

1. They are BIG dogs, some 100+ lbs, and as such, can injure a child or senior purely by accident while playing or when excited (like everytime you come home!).

2. They take a serious commitment to TRAINING, for a minimum of the first year, but if you want the type of dog you see at shows or in public, off leash and comfortable with everything and everyone, plan on 3 years of training and socialization. And that means training the family, as well as the dogs.

3. You need to plan on spending a minimum of 1-1/2 hours EVERY DAY just on the dog - exercising, training, feeding, grooming and more training.

4. Their average life span is 7 YEARS - though in reality, many die at 4-5 and a many make it to 10-11, making an average of 7. Can you be comfortable with the knowledge that you and your children may lose your best friend, only 4 years after you've come to love him as a part of the family?

5. Berners are PEOPLE dogs, they cannot be left to their own devices. If this happens, you will have a 100 lb. problem on your hands! They need human companionship as much as possible, which means they thrive best as house dogs. Tying any dog out to the tree is unacceptable, but especially so for this breed.

6. Bernese may be perceived as being "good with kids". They are very loyal to the family, but they tend to be more connected to adults than children. If you are looking for a playmate for your kids, Bernese may not be the best choice. Most won't fetch. Most don't care for swimming. They ALL love the cold. They are susceptible to heat stroke in warmer climates, so hot weather exercise has to be limited. And most don't particularly care for a lot of commotion - they will usually remove themselves to a quieter part of the house.

7. They shed. Would you be comfortable with your toddler's blankie being covered with dog hair after being dragged across the floor?

8. And THEY SHED!!!! Would you be comfortable with your clothing (including the items still in your drawers) lightly coated in some once airborne Berner Fur?

9. Oh, and did I mention - THEY SHED! Would you like some Berner Fur with your coffee? How about in your ice cubes?

If all of this is just peachy with you, and you feel your family can make such a time commitment for this kind of dog, please spend time doing serious research! The list of resources below would be a great start.


HOW TO FIND OUT MORE

Before you consider adding a Bernese Mountain Dog to your family, you should read as much material on the breed and general dog training as you can. These books may be available at your library, or you can order them from your local independent bookseller, or directly from Dogwise by clicking the banner or dog tag links below:

Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyer's Guide, Michele Welton, Owl Books, 2nd edition (October 2000). ISBN 0805064451 (Dogwise Catalog #DEG203)

The Right Dog For You, Daniel F. Tortora, PhD., Simon & Schuster, 1980 (Dogwise Catlog #DEG129)

The Beautiful Bernese Mountain Dogs, Diane Russ and Shirle Rogers, Alpine Publications, 1993. ISBN 0-931866-55-3 (Dogwise Catalog #BO386)

The New Bernese Mountain Dog, Sharon Chestnut Smith, Howell Book House, 1995. ISBN 0-98705-075-5 (Dogwise Catalog #BO388)

An Owners Guide to the Pet Bernese Mountain Dog, Julia Crawford, HOW, 2000. (Dogwise Catalog #BO393)

The Bernese & Other Mountain Dogs, Gerd Ludwis, translated from the German by Elizabeth D. Crawford, Barron's, 1995. ISBN 0-8120-9135-3 (Dogwise Catalog #BO389)

Before You Get Your Puppy, Dr. Ian Dunbar, James & Kenneth Publishing, 2001. (Dogwise Catalog #DTB720)

How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With, Clarice Rutherford & David H. Neil, Alpine Publications, 1992. ISBN 0-931866-57-X (Dogwise Catalog #DTB133)

Taking Care of Puppy Business, Gail Pivar & Leslie Nelson, 1998. (Dogwise Catalog #DTB598)

SuperPuppy, Peter Vollmer, Super Puppy Press, 1992. ISBN 1-886056-01-3 (Dogwise Catalog #DTB169)

The Art of Raising A Puppy, The Monks of New Skete, Little Brown & Co., 1991. ISBN 0-316-57839-8 (Dogwise Catalog #DTB179)

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats, Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M. & Susan Hubble Pitcairn, Rodale Press, 1995. ISBN 0-87596-243-2 (Dogwise Catalog #CDN142)

Ultimate Diet: Natural Nutrition For Dogs & Cats, Kymythy R. Schultze, Hay House, Inc., 1998. ISBN 1-56170-636-1 (Dogwise Catalog #CDN177)

Natural Healing For Dogs & Cats From A - Z, Cheryl Schwartz D.V.M., Hay House, Inc., 2000. (Dogwise Catalog #CDN194)

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WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

All of this research can take some time, and waiting for a puppy from a breeder can be difficult! Be prepared to be patient! It can take 6 to 12 months to find a puppy from a competent and conscientious breeder. The most important thing is to not buy a puppy on impulse. The hardest decision you may have to make is NOT to buy a puppy!

A PUPPY IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT. IT WILL PROBABLY BE WITH YOU LONGER THAN YOUR NEXT NEW CAR, SO SPEND AT LEAST AS MUCH TIME RESEARCHING THIS BREED TO FIND OUT IF IT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR SITUATION AND LIFESTYLE!

If you would like to know any more about our dogs, or have any other questions about your search for a responsible breeder, feel free to contact us through the e-mail link below.

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