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Eric B.

07/29/2022

Bernese Mountain Dog

Wonderful sweet puppy arrived safely and healthy. There were some complications with travel arrangements due to hot weather but it got worked out in a timely manner. Overall very happy with our new family makeover.

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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.

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Responsive

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 Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania loves dogs! This state consistently ranks among the best in the country for pet-friendliness across things like animal cretly laws, pet-friendly accommodations, number of of dog parks, and more. However, Pennsylvania could do better with more no-kill shelters.


The state boasts 545 pet-friendly accommodations and 198 campgrounds. There are also over 200 boarding and daycare facilities, as well as 200 veterinarians ready to help as needed.


A study by pet safety site Pawsafe ranked Pennsylvania the 15th most pet-friendly state in the country. They also ranked the state 10th for dog-friendly trails. Of the 2,403 trails in the state, 65% are dog-friendly.


Safewise conducted a similar study in which they ranked Pennsylvania 3rd. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws, protecting against things lie abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.

Does Pennsylvania have pet-friendly cities?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities stacked up.

Pittsburgh

In their study, Pittsburgh ranked 11th, which is quite good. Specifically, the city was 20th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 22nd for pet budget, and 46th for pet health and wellness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows Pittsburgh to have the 15th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks per 100,000 residents.


SmartAsset has a similar study ranking the country’s biggest cities. In it, Pittsburgh ranks 15th for pet-friendliness. The study found the city to have 134 dog-friendly restaurants and two dog-friendly shopping centers.

Philadelphia

On the other hand, Philadelphia only ranked 77th for pet-friendliness. The city scored well for outdoor activities but ranked lower for budget and health care.


Philadelphia is also on the lower end of parks per capita. The city only holds 0.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents.

A few more pet statistics for Pennsylvania

Thirty-nine percent of Pennsylvania residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Pennsylvania are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. The official state dog is the Great Dane!

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania performs poorly when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 68,776 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 1,652 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 6,940 were killed the past year. Out of 95 animal shelters, 35 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82%. This is on the lower end. Pennsylvania has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state.


We hope to see improvement in the coming years!

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