Max the Bernese Mountain Dog

A guard dog which works and pulls a cart with ease
is from the Swiss mountains and known as Bernese

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Here at our Rancho Cordova vaccination clinic we were visited by Max the Bernese Mountain Dog who brought his human with him. Bernese are formidable dogs but Max was as calm and co-operative as a dog can be. Originally from the area of Bern in the Swiss Alps, the Bernese is one of 4 mountain guardian dogs in the group called Sennenhund (Alpine Dogs). They were kept as all-purpose farm and guardian dogs which means they have a strongly protective instinct towards their territory and their associated livestock. In their part of the world, defense against wolves has always been prime concern for farmers and herders. The larger Sennenhunds (Bernese Mountain Dog included) were also used as draft animals owing to their strength and stable personality. Curiously, for such a stout and weather resistant breed, the Bernese dogs have a surprising list of musculoskeletal and cancer problems leading to an average life expectancy of only 8 years. They make good family dogs but are most comfortable in open space. We, personally, are particularly impressed by the Bernese since we had a cross-bred Bernese who over the course of 12 years reliably guarded against bear and mountain lion in confrontational episodes which in the case of bear, often went on for many hours at a time.

– Geoffrey Antipa


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