Bernese Cattle Dog

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30-105 lbs
17-27"
Unknown

The Bernese Cattle Dog is a hybrid breed that was created by crossbreeding the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Australian Cattle Dog. Not much is known about this designer breed, and the best way to assume what this dog will be like is to consider the characteristics of its parents. Both of the parent breeds are great around children and are very intelligent, making them easy to train. This breed will most likely require an owner that is experienced and is also willing to spend some time exercising their dog. All dogs, including the Bernese Mountain Dog, will need proper socialization as a puppy in order to grow into a well behaved and confident companion pet.

Purpose
Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bernese Mountain Dog, Australian Cattle Dog

Bernese Cattle Dog Health

Average Size
Height: 17-28 inches Weight: 30-110 lbs
Height: 17-27 inches Weight: 30-105 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Meningitis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays

Bernese Cattle Dog Breed History

The Bernese Cattle Dog is a modern hybrid breed that still does not have much information documented. Therefore, it is unknown when and where they were first created.  However, we do know the history of both of its parent breeds. The Bernese Mountain Dog was originally from the Swiss Mountains, with some evidence of similar looking dogs dating back as far as the 18th century. They got their name from the Canton de Berne in Switzerland. These canines were used as working dogs and were particularly skilled at draft work, like pulling carts. They were also used on the farms as either companion pets for the farmers or driving the dairy cattle and watching over the farm. Their numbers were brought down in the 19th century when more working dogs were imported to Switzerland and began replacing them on farms. It took the efforts of several people, some of which were Professor Albert Heim and Franz Schertenleib, in order to keep this breed alive. They began collecting the remaining dogs of this breed and stabilized their population by breeding. Despite their name, Europe is where the Australian Cattle dog is originally from. They had first been developed in the 18th century by pioneer settlers. These dogs were great workers and were very talented at herding cattle on ranches, as they were prized for their impressive stamina as well as their guarding and hunting instincts. These dogs are still very skilled at several activities to this day, including herding.

Bernese Cattle Dog Breed Appearance

It can be hard to determine exactly how the Bernese Cattle Dog will look, since they may look more like one parent than the other. The Bernese Mountain Dog is large and strong, with a body that is not quite as tall as long. The head is broad and flat, with a straight muzzle and a moderate stop. They will have teeth that connect in a scissors bite and high set medium sized ears that are triangularly shaped but rounded at the tip. These dogs have bushy tails that will be carried low and strong legs that are straight and end in round feet that have arched toes. They have thick coats with long fur. The Australian Cattle Dogs are agile and muscled. Their bodies are slightly longer than tall and have tails that will hang moderately low with a slight curve. They have straight and strong legs with round feet and short toes. Their broad skulls will curve slightly between the ears and will have a defined stop that is not too sharp. Their medium sized ears will prick up when the dog becomes alert, and will be wide set. The eyes will be dark brown, shaped as ovals and medium sized. They will have black noses and teeth that meet in a scissors bite.

Bernese Cattle Dog Breed Maintenance

Depending on which type of coat the Bernese Cattle Dog takes on, there will be different requirements for coat care. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed that sheds regularly and seasonally. They will need to be brushed weekly at the least, and daily during the shedding seasons. They should get baths when necessary. The Australian Cattle Dog has lower maintenance requirements. Their short coat should be easy to groom with a comb and firm bristle brush. They as well will only need baths if necessary. Aside from regular brushing, the Bernese Cattle Dog, like all other breeds, will need dental care, nail clipping and ear cleaning. The teeth brushing should take place every day if possible, and two or three times per week minimum. Their nails should get clipped as needed, which will be once or twice a month or maybe less if they wear down naturally. They should have their ears checked and cleaned out gently every week. This will help reduce the chance of infection.

Bernese Cattle Dog Temperament

The Australian Cattle dog is intelligent and responsive, which makes it an easy dog to train. They are also alert and aggressive, so they will make great watchdogs, especially since they are loyal and protective of their family. They are also playful and energetic pets that will love to play and accompany the owners on walks. On the other hand, the Bernese Mountain Dog is more gentle and affectionate. They as well are intelligent and simple to train, and are loyal towards their families. Both of these breeds are sensitive, and will not respond well to bad behavior. Both the Bernese Mountain Dog and Australian Cattle dog are known to be good with children as well as with other pets. Since the Bernese Cattle Dog is a mix between these two breeds, we can assume that they will have similar characteristics. They will be smart and should be obedient, and loving but protective around its family. Like all dogs, they should be properly socialized as a puppy and should go through basic obedience training. With all dogs, you should be kind but firm and show them that you are the pack leader, and not the other way around.

Bernese Cattle Dog Activity Requirements

The Bernese Cattle Dog will have exercise needs that are somewhere in between those of its parents. The Bernese Mountain Dog will need 30 minutes of exercise per day minimum, and the Australian Cattle dog should have two long walks of 45 minutes every day. Therefore, their offspring will have similar requirements. The exact time of activity needed will depend on the individual dog, but you should keep in mind that both parent breeds are prone to obesity, and therefore proper exercise is important. Remember to not only work your dog physically, but mentally as well.

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