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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 Washington?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Washington DC is ranked as the 61st most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for pet health and wellness, ranking 9th out of all major cities.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked DC as the 22nd most pet-friendly city in the country. The city’s high concentration of dog parks and pet-related businesses is the biggest reason DC is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly cities.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in the District of Columbia
The District of Columbia has a wide variety of pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dogs. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, there are 2.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in DC.
Over a dozen of these are off-leash parks where your dog can play to their heart's content. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are S Street Dog Park, Montrose Park, Shaw Dog Park, Newark Street Dog Park, and The Yards Park.
In DC, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Mount Vernon trail, Rock Creek Park, and Tidal Basin Loop Trail.
Life in the District of Columbia with a dog
DC is a big foodie town, so its’ not surprising that the city has over 380 pet-friendly restaurants for you to grab a bite to eat with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Empress Lounge, the Bird, Commissary, and Wunder Garten.
The nation’s capital has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, spas, pet stores, and three dog-friendly shopping centers. Plus, every year, there are a variety of local events celebrating dogs and their owners. One of the most fun events is Pups in the Park, where you and your dog can enjoy a Nationals game at Nationals Park.
If your friends or family are in the capital for a visit, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hotel Hive, Hotel Madera, Your Truly DC, Hotel Harrington, and The Line Hotel DC.
Popular dog breeds in Washington D.C.
DC is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and Bulldogs. No matter, which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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