This is Floyd! He is a short hair Bernese Mountain Dog. He loves to play outside, especially with his duck and chicken friends! Floyd loves children and being with his family all the time. Bernese Mountain dogs typically have medium energy levels and are calm, good-natured, and strong.
While some Bernese Mountain Dogs are bred to have long hair, others have short. An occasional grooming is necessary to maintain a healthy and clean pet! When adults, Bernese Mountain dogs can reach up to 80-100 pounds and can be described as “gentle giants”. They love outdoor activities, like hiking or even pulling young children in a cart. In the home, they tend to be relaxed, quiet, and affectionate and are eager to please their owners. As long as they are properly exercised, they don’t often bark or act out.
BMD health issues include hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, bloat, sub-aortic stenosis, autoimmune diseases, skin and coat problems, thyroid disorders, von Willebrand’s disease, and eye disorders (ectropion and entropion, cataracts, PRA). Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but many Bernese Mountain Dogs are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder is very important when finding your dog, sometimes one may even find you when you least expect it (i.e. local animal shelter! ).
For more information, visit http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bernese-mountain-dog/