Bernese Mountain Dog - Berner Sennenhund | Bernese Cattle Dog | Berner

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Introduction:
The  place of origin of Bernese Mountain Dog is Switzerland.  It is a breed of working group.  They are used as herding dog. The life span of the Bernese Mountain Dog is 7-10 years. The breed is also called as Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog. The nickname used for this dog is Berner.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Origin / History:
The Bernese Mountain Dog appeared in the mid-19th century
Due to their professional dog breeding these dogs became popular
The Bernese Mountain Dog were one of the earlier breeds to be recognized by many kennel clubs around the world
In 1907 the "Schweizerische Dürrbach-Klub", defined the Bernese Mountain Dog as a separate breed

Nature / qualities:
The Bernese Mountain Dogs are natural watch dogs. They are gentle, intelligent and cheerful dogs. They are good with other pets and dogs. They like to be among people. They are self-confident, alert and good natured dog. They should be socialized from a very young age. They are friendly with strangers. They are very loyal to their owners. They do not work for long time. The laziness in them gives them a genetic heritage to these dogs. In other words, they are less active.

Physical Appearance:
The height of the Male Bernese Mountain Dog is 24-28 inches (61-71 cm) and the weight is 85-110 pounds (38-50 kg). The height of the Female Bernese Mountain Dog is 23-27 inches (58-69 cm) and the weight is 80-105 pounds (36-48 kg). The Bernese Mountain Dog is a well-built, compact and heavy dog.  They have tri-color double coat with a beautiful weather resistant.  The color of the breed is black with tan and white markings.  They have white blaze with fur on the chest, head and toes. The eyes are dark which has rust markings. They have black color nose.  The ears are medium-size, triangular in shape. The tail is long and bushy. There are rust markings under the tail, on the cheeks, sides of the chest. The legs are strong with rust markings on each of them.

Health Concerns:
The Bernese Mountain Dogs are prone to bloat and eyelid problems, hip and elbow dysplasia. They gain weight easily so do not over feed them.

Grooming:
Weekly brushing is needed. Bathe them weekly to monthly. The ears and teeth should be cleaned regularly. The nails should be clipped every two weeks. Take them on long walks.

Cost:
The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 600 USD

Advantages:
They love children
They are very easy to train

Disadvantages:
They take time to mature
They need a great deal of attention in order to keep it happy and out of trouble

Belgian Tervuren - Chien de Berger Belge

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Introduction:
The Belgian Tervuren was developed in the country Belgium. It is a herding breed of dog, used for herding trials. The life span of the Belgian Tervuren is 10-12 years.  The other names used for this breed is Belgian Tervueren and Chien de Berger Belge.

Belgian Tervuren - Chien de Berger Belge

Origin / History:

  • The history is that the Belgian Tervuren were called as Continental Shepherd Dogs  during 1880s
  • In 1891 a club called the Club du Chein  de Berger Belge  (aka Belgian Shepherd Dog Club) was started to determine the  true shepherd dog belonging to Belgium 
  • The first Tervuren was imported in the US in 1953
  • The breed was acknowledge by the AKC in 1959
  • Today they are finally registered as a breed of their own 

Nature / qualities:
The Belgian Tervuren is an intelligent and alert dog.  They like to be entertained by the family and are wonderful pets.  They are very alert with strangers. They become your friend for life. They need to be socialized at very young age.  They are very protective and watchful of young children in the family.  The make a close bonding with their family members.  They have a demanding personality.

Physical Appearance:
The height of the Male Belgian Tervuren is 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) and weight is 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg). The height of the Female Belgian Tervuren is 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) and the weight is 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg). The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-size, slender and square shaped dog.  They have a solid muscular body. The eyes are almond shaped and dark brown in color. The nose is black in color. They have triangular shaped erect ears.  They have strong and straight legs that are parallel to the ground. The tail is long having abundant hair on it.  They have hairs on the body those fringes down the back and front legs. The color of the breed is shades of red or fawn with black tips.

Health Concerns:
The Belgian Tervuren is a hardy and healthy breed. But some of them have minor health problems such as epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Do not over feed them as they soon become obese and lazy.

Grooming:
Weekly brushing is recommended.  They require lots of exercise.

Cost:
The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 900 USD

Advantages:
  • They protect the home in the absence of the family members
  • They make a great playmate and watchdog for children

Disadvantages:
  • They should not be left alone with very small children
  • They have a demanding personality, so not recommended for a first time dog owner


Belgian Sheepdog - Chien de Berger Belge

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Introduction:
The place of origin of Belgian Sheepdog is Belgium.  They are herding breed of dog.  The Belgian Sheepdog is used for herding trials.  The life span of the breed is 10-12 years. It is also called as Belgian Sheepdog, Chien de Berger Belge.

Belgian Sheepdog - Chien de Berger Belge

Origin / History:
  • Nicholas Rose developed the breed in the late 1800s from a pair of all black shepherds
  • The Belgian Sheepdog was bred for herding and protection by Mr. Rose
  • They have also been used as a military dog, police dog, search and rescue dog
Nature / qualities:
The Belgian Sheepdog is an intelligent, protective and gentle dog. They are independent, alert and active dog.  They respond quickly to the slightest sound of disapproval in the owner’s voice.  If they are properly socialized then they will be very well-adjusted and well-balanced dog. They love to have attention from everyone.  They are very protective, so care should be taken when you introduce any strangers or new people.  Training should be given perform well with other dogs and pets.

Physical Appearance:
The height of the Male Belgian Sheepdog is 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) and the weight is 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg). The height of the Female Belgian Sheepdog is 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) and the weight is 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg). The Belgian Sheepdog is very athletic, strong and muscular dog. They have wise set, dark brown eyes. The nose is dark.  The ears are erect and completely triangular in shape. The legs are straight and well formed. The tail is long and curls slightly upwards. The color of the breed is black.

Health Concerns:
The Belgian Sheepdog is naturally a healthy and hardy breed.  But some are prone to minor health concerns like epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. They become obese and lazy so do not overfeed them.

Grooming:
Frequent brushing is required to remove the dead hair.  They need to be exercised mentally and physically.

Cost:
The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 850 USD

Advantages:
  • Good companion dog
  • Excellent watchdog
  • They get along with small children and family very well
Disadvantages:

  • They become over aggressive if not properly socialized
  • Not highly playful dog


Belgian Malinois

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Introduction:
The Belgian Malinois was developed in Belgium.  It is a herding breed.  They are used as a guardian, assistance and herding trails. The life span of the breed is 10-12 years.  The breed is also called as Belgian Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge, Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder (Mechelse Scheper), Pastor Belga Malinois.

Belgian Malinois

Origin / History:
  • The Belgian Malinois was developed in Belgium in 1900s
  • The Belgian Malinois was recognized and registered by Club Societe Royale de St. Hubert in 1901 
  • In 1911, the first Belgian Malinois was imported in the United States and recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
  • They were also recognized as a part of the herding class of dogs
Nature / qualities:
The Belgian Malinois is a loving and playful dog.  They are very protective and territorial to their owner and home. They make very close bond with one or two people and become loyal to them. They need to be socialized from a young age, or else they may become shy.  They are very alert dogs. They love to be among family and do things.  They can be trained easily. They are either too aggressive or too shy.

Physical Appearance:
The height of Belgian Malinois is 22-26 inches (56-66 cm) and the weight is 55-65 pounds (24-29 kg). The Belgian Malinois is a medium-size, muscular and hard working dog. Its body is almost as long as it is tall. They have almond-shaped, dark eyes. The nose is dark.  They have erect and alert ears.  The tail is long. Their legs are long and strong.  The color of the breed is rich fawn to mahogany, with black tips on the hairs giving an overlay appearance. The mask and ears are black. The underparts of the body, tail and breeches are lighter fawn, but washed-out fawn color on the body is a fault. The tips of the toes may be white, and a small white spot on the breastbone/prosternum is permitted, not to extend to the neck.

Health Concerns:
The Belgian Malinois is generally a healthy breed with no major health problem. However there are some health concerns like skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

Grooming:
Daily grooming and regular brushing is needed in order to maintain the healthy coat. Lots of regular exercise should be provided to them along with running and jogging.

Cost:
The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 1200 USD

Advantages:
  • Good watch dogs
  • Excellent police dogs
  • They get along well with cats and other animals if properly socialized
Disadvantages:
  • They tend to be dominate with other dogs


Bedlington Terrier - Rothbury Terrier | Rodbery Terrier

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Introduction:
The Bedlington Terrier was originated in England. They are terrier breed of dogs. They are used as an earth dog. The life span of the Bedlington Terrier is 15-17 years. The breed is also called as Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier.

Bedlington Terrier - Rothbury Terrier | Rodbery Terrier

Origin / History:
  • Old Flint, that belonged to Squire Trevelyan is the first male Bedlington Terrier that was officially listed
  • In 1877 The Bedlington Terrier Club in England was established
  • In 1948 the Bedlington Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club 
  • The first Bedlington to be recorded in the American Kennel Club Stud Book was W.S. Jackson's "Annanias."
Nature / qualities:
The Bedlington Terrier is a loyal, lively and cheerful dog. Teach them to like cats and other household animals. They are friendly with strangers. They are playful dogs. They easily get along with other dogs, except to the dominate ones.  They run very fast.   They like to bark, so need to be told that enough is enough. They are an enthusiastic digger. They have proved to be an excellent watch dogs.  They love to chase game.

Physical Appearance:
The height of the Male Bedlington Terrier is 16-17 inches (41-43 cm) and the weight is 18-23 pounds (8-10kg). The height of the Female Bedlington Terrier is 15-16 inches (38-41 cm) and the weight is 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg). The Bedlington Terrier has a lamb-like appearance. They are very graceful and medium in size.  They have narrow and rounded head.  They have dark, small and shiny eyes. The color of the nose depends on the color of the dog, it is either black or brown.  They have dropped ears that are long with thin leather and covered with hair that forms a tassel at the end.  The feet are covered with hair.  The tail is long and thin and sickle-shaped. The color of the breed is blue, sandy or liver, with or without tan markings.

Health Concerns:
The Bedlington Terrier is prone to a serious health problem called Copper Storage Disease. This genetic disorder allows copper deposits to build up in the liver, eventually leading to cirrhosis and death. They are also prone to hereditary kidney disease, PRA, thyroid problems and eye problems, such as cataracts and retinal disease.

Grooming:
Weekly brushing is needed along with regular trimming to maintain the breed’s look. They need to be given mental and physical exercise.

Cost:
The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 1200 USD

Advantages:
  • They are loving with children 
  • They are energetic and courageous

Disadvantages:
  • Sometimes they become obsessive barkers
  • They are less good with other animals


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