How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

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How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:29 am

Ok I really need help with this , as I thought they were a healthy breed apart from the high risk of cancer and shorter lifespan. As some of you may remember my cousin is getting a Bernese mountain dog but several people have said Bernese's are know as the heartbreak breed and are very unhealthy in the UK and that she should go abroad to somewhere like Switzerland were they are more healthy?

Is this true? As I was surprised when she told me as yes they have issues like all breeds but I did not think they were that unhealthy.

And if true is it still possible to find a relatively healthy one?

Please any advice would be very appreciated :)
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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:31 am

Since it's a question of health I thought it was better to post here than in breed Qs

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:55 am

Update, they have spoke with the breed club who said that what she has been told is a load of rubbish and that Berneses in Switzerland are no more healthy than those here in the UK she said that the Bernese is not a very unhealthy breed and the health issues are world wide not just in the UK the most important thing is to research breeders very careful and make sure they have the relavent health tests.

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by Nettle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:57 am

A very unhealthy breed with a short lifespan in comparison to most other dogs, and plenty of information in the public domain.

the Bernese is not a very unhealthy breed and the health issues are world wide not just in the UK Contradictory. Either it isn't unhealthy or there are worldwide health issues.
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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:01 am

Nettle wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:57 am
A very unhealthy breed with a short lifespan in comparison to most other dogs, and plenty of information in the public domain.

the Bernese is not a very unhealthy breed and the health issues are world wide not just in the UK Contradictory. Either it isn't unhealthy or there are worldwide health issues.
Would it be possible do you think to find a healthy one?

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by Nettle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:12 am

Depends what you mean by "healthy". It might be possible to find some that are less unhealthy than others, but it would not be possible to find one with an average-for-a-dog lifespan and free from inheritable illnesses.
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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:14 am

Nettle wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:12 am
Depends what you mean by "healthy". It might be possible to find some that are less unhealthy than others, but it would not be possible to find one with an average-for-a-dog lifespan and free from inheritable illnesses.
There fine with short lifespan, by healthy I mean one that won't be going to the vets a lot as some owners have told her that they would not have another as there just too unhealthy and your always going into the vets with them?

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by Nettle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:23 am

Assuming they would take the dog to a vet whenever it became ill, yes they would be going to the vets. How often would depend on which illnesses the dog develops in what order, and whether the owners would want to prolong its life with treatment or euthanise to avoid further suffering.
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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:31 am

The owners they spoke too said that Berneses go to the vets far more than most other breeds.

Yes they will be taking there dog to a vet but they don't want a breed that goes more than most.

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by ZaraD » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:23 pm

I wanted to update everyone and let you know that I have told them to go to more dog shows and meet more dogs in the flesh and do there own independent research.

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Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Post by Nettle » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:54 am

Very sensible advice.
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