The Golden Mountain Dog (GMS), adept in hunting and tracking, is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Golden Retriever. It has official recognition from many reputed organizations, but its origin is unknown.
- The GMS can adjust well to cold weather but finds it challenging to thrive in warm conditions
Facts About Golden Mountain Dog
|Breed Group||Working and sporting dog|
|Country of Origin||N.A.|
|Other Names||Bernese Golden Mountain Dog, Bernese Mountain Dog-Golden Retriever Mix, and Golden Mt. Dog|
|Size & Height||Average, up to 25 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC, DRA, DBR|
|Color||Cream, white, golden, light brown, brown, brown and black|
|Life Expectancy||10-15 years|
|Coat||Average to long, straight, rough and dense|
Temperament & Personality
The GMS, with an affectionate and pleasant attitude, are excellent family dogs. They like to gather everyone’s attention and blends nicely with people. This dog enjoys taking part in household activities and stays close to its family members. With proper socialization, it acts appropriately in front of children and other animals. It tries to mingle well with strangers, and can’t be trusted as a guard dog.
Moderate activities are necessary to keep the GMD is good shape. A couple of walks and some play sessions will be enough for the dog. You can also take it to a hike or a run. Access to a medium-sized yard with proper fencing will be beneficial.
This average shedder needs regular brushing and vacuuming to maintain its coat. The bristle of the brush should be solid, as it will help in removing the dead hairs. Check and clean its ears to avoid infection. Brush the teeth every day to keep them strong and healthy. Give the GMS a bath only when it needs one.
Major health issues include cancer, bloat, epilepsy and heart problems. Joint dysplasia, OCD, eye issues, hypothyroidism, and allergies are common in this breed.
The GMS will train quickly as it is an obedient and intelligent dog. Train it for obedience and socialization at an early age to make it well-behaved. They are good in activities related to sniffing, so make it a part of their training. The owner should act as the pack leader and use only positive techniques.
The protein content in its diet should be around 20-25%, while that of fat should be less than 15%. Their balanced diet includes fresh food items like yogurt, apples, broccoli, etc. Dry dog food should be given 2-4 cups every day, split into two meals.