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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 West Virginia?

West Virginia consistently ranks as a pretty great state for dog lovers! Its beautiful outdoor spaces, access to care, and animal welfare laws help give the state good marks. 


We looked at two major studies on pet-friendliness. Both ranked all 50 states by important factors like access to pet care, pet-friendly accommodations, animal cruelty laws, access to dog parks, and more. 


The first, by animal welfare group Pawsafe, ranked West Virginia as the 25th most pet-friendly state. Made it into the top half! 


The second study ranked West Virginia even higher. Safewise, a consumer safety review site, gave West Virginia 13th place in all 50 states. In both studies, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. I


Taking both studies together shows West Virginia to be pet-friendly overall, but leaves room for improvement.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in West Virginia

BringFido lists West Virginia as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 850 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Fifty percent of West Virginia residents own a dog. This is comfortably above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do West Virginians love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in West Virginia are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in West Virginia

West Virginia saved 34,117 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,739 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twenty-four out of 54 of the animal shelters within West Virginia are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 84%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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