The Great Bernese is a type of hybrid dog that was created by deliberately crossing the Great Pyrenees dog, a flock guardian dog which originated in the Pyrenees Mountains that are located between France and Spain, with the Bernese Mountain Dog, a powerful Sennunhund type dog from Germany. The mix creates a large and powerful dog that typically reaches over two feet high at the shoulder and frequently weighs over a hundred pounds. These dogs tend to receive a calm, good-natured temperament from both parent breeds, as well as a fondness for children.
Large, sturdy dogs like the Great Bernese have been employed as draft animals for many centuries in multiple countries. Large dogs were often hitched to carts that carried produce, passengers, milk, and even meat to the market. Due to loads that were excessively heavy for canines, fear of transmittable diseases like rabies, and practices that were dangerous to both dogs and humans, using dogs as draft animals was made illegal in many European countries. However, many breeds enjoy this type of activity when it is properly managed, and it is often helpful in improving cardiovascular health and at maintaining muscle mass. As this dog is half Bernese Mountain dog, a dog traditionally connected to canine carting, they are particularly well-suited for this activity
Most dogs enjoy toys, and they can help keep dogs busy when they can’t go outside or are immobile for some reason. Some breeds of dog prefer dog toys that they can chew on for a long time while others prefer puzzle toys that make them think to get the treat. Toys for your dog can reduce anxiety and can boost your dog's overall mood and outward disposition. Dog toys can also be a way to deal with issues like separation anxiety and boredom in such a way that you are allowed to be busy attending to other things nearby while your dog is safely occupied.
late night walks may not be a favorite activity for all dogs, the Great Bernese
dog is generally about half Great Pyrenees, a flock guardian dog that is one of
the few domesticated canines which is naturally
nocturnal, along with the Tibetan Mastiff and the Anatolian Shepherd. Taking
walks at night, rather than during the heat of the day, may also help this
large, heavily-furred dog to remain healthy and cool during hot summer months
and you are less likely to run into other canines in the event that your canine
companion is not particularly friendly towards
Large dogs like the Great Bernese are more prone to disorders like bloat and items like snuffle mats and slow feeders may help to prevent this life-threatening situation
Rally Obedience, also known as Rally O, is an emerging dog sport that is based on advanced obedience training methods but in a more relaxed and casual environment.