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Bernese Mountain Dog Characteristics
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a docile, smart breed that was initially bred to do work in the mountains of Switzerland. Since then, they have evolved to be great family companions as well. While they may lure prospective dog owners in with their friendly appearance, Berner's are born work dogs and have an abundance of energy. Be sure you have time to provide ample exercise as well as obedience training and thorough grooming.
One of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Berner is a large and sturdy dog breed. Standing between 23-28 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 70-115 pounds, the Bernese Mountain Dog is firmly in the large dog category. This, along with their abundance of energy, makes it important to provide them with a backyard to play in and frequent exercise. As tempting as it might be, trying to raise a Berner in an apartment will likely result in bad behavior and an anxious pet.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are considered a high-maintenance breed for other reasons as well. The breed is a top shedder, and even with frequent brushing and regular grooming, you're likely to find your furniture covered in dog hair. Also, due to the small gene pool from which they were created, Berners are prone to a large number of health issues and a relatively short life span.
Typically living between 7-10 years, the Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), hypomyelination, allergies, hypothyroidism, hepatocerebellar degeneration and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Be sure to do your research and buy from a reputable breeder in order to find the healthiest examples of the Bernese Mountain Dog
How dog-friendly is Chicago?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Chicago is ranked as the 64th most pet-friendly city. Chicago’s strength lies in its health and wellness for pets, for which the city ranked 13th overall. The study also found Chicago to boast the 3rd highest number of animal shelters per capita. A similar study conducted by SmartAsset ranked Chicago as the 16th most pet-friendly of all US cities.
Dog parks and activities
As the nation’s third-largest city, there are plenty of parks for you and your dog to enjoy. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, the city has 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. There is a massive string of parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline with the Lakefront Trail, which runs for 18 miles connecting neighborhoods, beaches, and famous attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field.
Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Wiggly Field, Winnemac Park, and Jackson Bark by the Museum of Science and Industry.
There are two beaches in Chicago that allow you to bring your dog; Belmont Harbor Beach and Montrose Beach. Both beaches have areas dedicated solely to dogs, which your pup can use to roam and play off-leash. Each also has its own set of other amenities for dogs.
Life in Chi-Town with a dog
With over 570 dog-friendly restaurants, Chicago is one of the best places to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Chicago include O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe, Big Star, Cody’s Public House, and 312 Chicago.
Chicago offers plenty of other dog-friendly establishments, including groomers, spa services, and pet stores. Plus, there are 12 dog-friendly shopping centers in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority allows small pets in crates aboard the busses and train lines.
Popular breeds in ChicagoThe Windy City is home to a diverse assortment of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.
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