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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 New Hampshire?
Different studies rank New Hampshire quite differently. Depending on what part of the state you live in, you may have different levels of access to pet services, accommodations, etc.
In a study by Pawsafe, New Hampshire ranked incredibly well as the 5th most pet-friendly state. They scored New Hampshire particularly well for their animal welfare laws, like harsh penalties for abuse and neglect, and high pet care standards.
Another study by the animal safety site Safewise didn’t give such shining reviews, though. In their study, New Hampshire ranks as the 40th most pet-friendly state.
Though the two studies produced wildly different results, if we combine the two scores New Hampshire ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states. Not the best, but not the worst!
A few more facts for dog-lovers in New Hampshire
BringFido lists New Hampshire as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln and Bass Beach in Rye as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Twenty-four percent of New Hampshire residents own a dog, which is pretty far below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in New Hampshire are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Huskies, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in New Hampshire
New Hampshire saved 7,940 dogs and cats during 2020 and all of the animal shelters within New Hampshire are no-kill shelters! The percentage of no-kill shelters is perfect, making New Hampshire a no-kill state.
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