The Bernese Mountain Dog is a variety of the Swiss Mountain Dog. Of course, it originated in Switzerland, and was named for the Canton of Bern. Back then, the “Berner” was used as a general purpose farm dog, pulling carts to market, driving dairy cattle and watching over the farm.
Today, the Bernese Mountain Dog provides companionship to farmers and suburbanites both. This giant, easy going breed is gentle, loves its people and has a need to be close to them. They make a great addition to households with children, provided they are properly socialized. Berners have a thick, long hair coat which requires some maintenance.
Although they make great additions to the family, Berners are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bernese Mountain Dogs are prone to includes bacterial infections such as aseptic meningitis; joint conditions such as elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia; cancers such as histiocytosis; and neurological diseases such as epilepsy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Berner has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad elbows or his mother’s bum hips, you’re covered.