Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Breed Dogs – Big Mixes With Big Personalities
The breed originated from the mountains of Switzerland. The name “barn” comes from the fact that they are bred to live in barns or other buildings. They have been used since ancient times as guard dogs, but nowadays they are popularly known as sled dogs and snowshoe racers. Their size makes them ideal for these activities.
Some breeds like the Great Dane and the Mastiff are considered larger than their smaller cousins.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the breed due to its versatility. These dogs can do almost anything well enough, but they prefer working hard at it. They tend to be loyal companions, which means that they will not let anyone bully them around. They make excellent family pets because they don’t require much training and love being petted all over their bodies.
They are generally friendly towards strangers, although some may bark when startled. They are usually good with children and enjoy playing fetch with them. However, they can get bored easily if left alone too long. A typical personality of a bernese mountain dog is laid back and gentle.
They need lots of exercise to keep themselves fit so they spend most of their time outside doing something active such as hiking or biking.
Unfortunately, they can be aggressive with other dogs of the same gender. It is best to keep them on a leash when out in public to avoid any potential fights. You’ll also need to be around them whenever there are other dogs around for them to interact with. Otherwise, they will start feeling lonely and bored.
In general, they are not that active indoors so it is best to keep them outside in a large yard or walking them several times each day. If they are kept locked up in a small space, they will become destructive. They shed moderately and should be brushed once a week to prevent them from matting and to reduce the amount of hair you need to clean off your clothing.
As with most large breeds, they are prone to hip dysplasia and bloat. It is important to take them to the veterinarian regularly to check for any signs of these conditions developing. Another common problem is their ability to become over weight. If you have more than one bernese mountain dog in your family, they will probably need their meals reduced or split between multiple feedings.
They tend to be clumsy especially when they are young, so you may want to keep away from any really expensive furniture.
If you think that raising a bernese mountain dog sounds like a fun and rewarding experience, then you should definitely go through with getting one. They are great dogs with a lot of personality and tend to get along well with everyone.
My New Friend, Max
It was a hot summer day in the city and all I wanted to do was run around outside. My legs felt like jelly from sitting for so long and my mom wouldn’t let me outside. She said we had to go see my aunt because she hadn’t seen her in a while. She packed us into the car and we set off.
The car trip was long and boring. It seemed like it took forever to get to my aunt’s house. We pulled up into the driveway and I saw a dog run up to the fence. It was a big black dog, but I couldn’t tell what kind it was because it was too far away.
When we entered the house, my cousin ran up to us. His name was Ben and he was my age. “Jacob! I got a dog!” he said.
“You can see him outside if you want.”
I was about to leave when my mom said I had to stay with her. I pouted and walked over to the couch, plopping down on it and flipping through the channels on TV. After about an hour, my mom said I could go outside.
I saw Ben and walked up to his house. He was holding a leash, but there was no dog around. “
Where is he?”
I asked. “Oh, he’s around here somewhere. He just likes to explore.”
We walked around his yard until we found his dog. He was big, almost as big as me, and he had shiny, black fur that reflected the sun. His tail wagged slowly back and forth and he had bright, dark eyes.
Where are you guys going?”
my mom called to us. “We’re staying out here,” I replied. She nodded and walked back into the house.
We played in his yard for a while until it was dinnertime. We entered his house and Ben’s mother made us each a hot dog. She said we could play in the front yard after we ate.
After finishing our food, we went back outside. We played there until it got dark. By then my mom was home and it was time to go home.
I walked over to Ben’s house every day that week. Each day we would play until it got dark outside and each day I would go home.
Over the next month, we played outside all the time. We would go to his house during the day and mine at night. Things seemed perfect, but they were about to take a turn for the worse.
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