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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 Virginia?
If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.
Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.
Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?
SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.
WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.
The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.
However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more stats for Virginia’s pets
Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia
Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!
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