10 reasons to adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog
So, since we already talked about 7 reasons not to get a Bernese Mountain Dog, here are 10 reasons you should!
Bernese Mountain Dogs have an excellent personality. They are very emotionally stable and level-temperamented, friendly, easy-going and outgoing, good with kids and other pets. They are not aggressive and don’t have hunting instincts. They are also very intelligent. This is the dog that, if raised right, will amaze and amuse you with their wonderful personality. You can read more about Bernese Mountain Dog temperament here.
Unparalleled love and devotion
Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely devoted to their owners. All dogs are, but Bernese Mountain Dogs’ love is on the whole new level. It is extremely important for Bernese Mountain Dogs to grow up close to their family for them to blossom into the loving, devoted dogs that they can be. If you raise your Bernese pup right, they will become your closest and most dedicated friend.
They will always watch you no matter what you do, follow you everywhere (yes, even to the bathroom), and obey your commands because they love pleasing you. With a bit of training, they might even learn to babysit your kids – they are great at herding small animals and preventing them from running too far away.
Free work force
Bernese Mountain Dogs origins tell us about their working past. They used to be farm dogs, busy herding flocks of sheep and cattle, pulling carts with produce to and from the village, and protecting the farm when it needed protection. If you are a modern farmer – you are in luck (and so is your Berner!) You can employ your Berner to help you on your farm for … basically … some food. And treats!
If you have cattle or sheep, you can take a short course in herding with your Berner, and see how fast their herding instincts kick in! Et voila! You have yourself a new farm helper. Theoretically they could also help you pull a cart with produce, but you probably have a truck. It could, however, pull your children in a cart around your farm.
Are you an active person, passionate about outdoors? Are walks, hikes, bike rides, camping trips, boat trips a regular part of your life? And are your family members not equally excited about outdoors so they don’t join you on your outventures? Not a problem anymore! Now that you have a Bernese Mountain Dog, you have a companion that loves outdoors as much as you do. Probably even more!
Now you have a loyal, happy and excited companion that will always – always! – be excited to go out with you. Be it a hike up a mountain, a boating trip, a walk in the nearest woods, a jog along the local trail and anything else you can come up with. Never again will you be alone with nature!
Bernese Mountain Dogs are large. They are also muscular, robust and overall powerful-looking. Enough so that a stranger with unkind intentions will probably think twice (or ten times) before even approaching you and your family. What they don’t know is that, despite their size, your Berner is not aggressive and would hardly harm a fly unless you ask them to.
Berners are a perfect combo of a large dog and a very friendly temperament. But they still look intimidating! If a criminal tries to enter your house, your Berner will growl and bark, even if they won’t necessarily attack the trespasser like, say, a German Shepherd would. You likely won’t be able to train your Berner to be a fighting dog (without damaging their psyche), but you won’t have to teach them to growl in an intimidating way, like all large dogs do.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have spent lots of time outdoors, up in the Swiss mountains, during the centuries of their evolution as a breed. They do well in the heat and in the freezing snow alike. Their thick coat protects them from the cold in winter, and they are able to regulate their temperature during the hot summer months. If you live somewhere North, you won’t have to put a sweater on this dog in winter. (If you were planning to, you might want to look into a different breed anyway!)
Great with kids
Despite their size, Bernese Mountain Dogs have zero hunting instinct, are very patient, non-aggressive and excellent around kids. They will not snap if a child accidentally steps on them. They will not attack if a child runs away from them just because a running child reminds them of prey. They will patiently withstand the many games that your kids will have in store, and maybe will even help you babysit your kids by herding them together if the kids try to run away too far. In all truth, Bernese Mountain Dogs may be one of the best breeds to have if you have small kids in the house.
However, as with any animal, you still need to teach your kids to act safely around the dog, even if it’s a Berner. They shouldn’t poke the dog’s eyes, or scream too loud near the dog, or frighten the dog, or have their faces too close to the dog’s teeth. You never know when the dog can accidentally get frightened, in which case it can, like any animal, react based on its instincts rather than its “upbringing”.
We love Bernese Mountain Dogs, but even if we didn’t, we’d have to admit it’s one of the most beautiful dogs on Earth. Their large, muscular body and beautiful, thick, silky coat with distinctive markings is the first thing everyone sees. Their self-confident, self-assured gate is another attractive feature. Their intelligent eyes touch the soul of everyone that looks at them … Well, maybe not everyone. 🙂
But Berners really are gorgeous-looking dogs. Granted, you have to put some time into regular grooming – their coat does need attention and care, as do their teeth and nails. But you would have that with any dog really. By putting some time into grooming your Berner, you get an impressively-looking dog that will bring joy to you, your family and everyone that sees them.