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We have been breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs since 2015. Our goal is to breed for health and temperament and to place each puppy with a loving family. Our dogs are loved members of our family and their well-being and health always come first!
They have lots of land to run and play on and also spend quality time with us in the house. They join us on family hikes, exploring the farm and woods, car rides, trips to the creek for some swimming (a favorite activity of theirs in the summer time), and of course running around and carrying on with the kids in the snow.
In addition to feeding them Purina One Large Breed dog food, several times a week they get eggs, liver, kidney and other various organ meat. Organ meat is full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to canine health. They are a plentiful source of vitamins A, B, D and E as well as minerals like copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. Organ meat also has premium quality protein and fat. My dogs also receive fish oil supplements for hearth health, a soft shiny coat and healthy skin. A favorite treat is marrow bones. These have the power to keep them busy for hours!
Puppies are fed Purina One Large Breed puppy food. The treats I use for puppies is Wellness Soft Puppy Bites. Puppies are loved and well socialized by our whole family on a daily basis. At 4 weeks old they get their first baths and start spending time outside everyday (weather permitting). Several of our past puppies have gone on to become therapy dogs; visiting with patients in hospitals and other facilities.
About Berners Originate- Switzerland Group- Working Weight- Males 90-120 Females 70-100 Life Expectancy- 7-9 years Exercise- 20-40 minutes daily Energy level- Laid back Color- Tri colored, black, white and rust/tan Shedding- Moderate throughout the year, heavy shedding twice a year.
Bernese Mountain Dogs thrive in the cold weather. Because of their size, it is recommended to start obedience training at a young age. BMDs love people and are known for being gentle and patient with children. Level of patience varies with the particular dog. They are slow to mature and sensitive. They don't do well with harsh correction. Bernese Mountain Dogs are eager to please their humans. They make great watch dogs!
Deep chested dogs such as the Bernese Mountain Dog are more prone to bloat. Some strategies to help prevent bloat are: -No exercise for at least an hour before or after eating -Don't use an elevated food bowl -Slow down their eating. I use very wide food bowls so the food is more spread out and they can't just inhale it like a vacuum cleaner. It works great at slowing them down. -Feed multiple smaller meals throughout the day rather that 2 large meals. -Stomach tacking (gastropexy) is another option you could discuss with your vet to prevent bloat.
Hip dysplasia is not just a genetic disease; there are also environmental factors that play a significant role in the development of this disease. -Body weight is a major environmental factor. Many dogs are overweight and this could be the most significant environmental factor affecting the development of hip dysplasia. It is very important to keep your dog at a healthy weight. -Exercise is another environmental factor. Of course, every dog needs exercise...but too much vigorous exercise can contribute to the development of this disease.