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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 District of Columbia?
Washington, D.C. is a great place for pets, and dogs in particular! The district has plenty of dog parks and pet services, and a lot of D.C. residents own dogs. Here’s how the district stacks up in a couple of studies.
Public review site Safewise ranks D.C. quite well as the 15th most pet-friendly region in the country. The study ranks all 50 states plus D.C. according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks and hiking trails, and more.
Wallethub, another reputable review site for pet information, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Washington, D.C. ranked toward the middle at 61st on the list. D.C. is a bit pricier for pets than other cities, ranking 91st in pet budget. They do a little better in other categories, ranking 41st in pet health and wellness, and 9th in outdoor pet-friendliness.
Dog parks and pet-friendly activities in Washington, D.C.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Washington, D.C. ranked 22nd at 1.9 parks per 100,000 people.
BringFido lists Washington, D.C. as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the National Mall and the U.S. National Arboretum as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Dog ownership in Washington, D.C.
D.C. loves dogs! Forty-four percent of Washington, D.C. residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do D.C. residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Washington, D.C. are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. saved 4,185 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 553 animals were killed over this same period.
There is one animal shelter within Washington, D.C., and it is not considered a no-kill shelter. The area has a below-average save rate of 78%. Unfortunately, this is far short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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