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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 Pittsburgh?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Pittsburgh is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country because of its outdoor pet-friendliness and pet affordability. It ranks 20th and 22nd in these categories.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the 15th most pet-friendly city. They rank the city as one of the best places to have a pet because of the high number of dog parks and pet-friendly establishments.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of exercise and play. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Riding Meadow Park, Bernard Dog Run, Hartwood Acres County Dog Park, Point State Park, and White Oak Park.
Life in Pittsburgh with a dog
Pittsburgh has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Industry Public House, Redfin Blues, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, and Mindful Brewing Company.
Pittsburgh has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and dog-friendly shopping centers. The city is also a favorable location when you want to find a place to live with your dog. A Zumper study ranked Lexington as the 38th best city in the country for pet-friendly rental listings.
When your friends and family are visiting Steel City, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Omni William Penn Hotel, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and The Oaklander Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and American Pit Bull Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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