Mountain Mastiff, also known as Bernese Mountain Mastiff is a mix between purebreds Bernese Mountain Dog and English Mastiff. This is a very big dog, and it is characterized by drooping ears, broad skull, sturdy legs, muscular body, etc. It is popular for its protective, sensitive and friendly attitude. It can adapt any living conditions i.e. country estate or a city apartment.
Temperament & Personality
They love to participate in household activities and like to stay in a family. Their giant structure makes them look menacing, but these dogs are affectionate and gentle and are always eager to guard their owners when in danger. They are still cautious about strangers making them an excellent watchdog. Mountain Mastiff goes well with other pets and children, however, their interactions with infants need monitoring as they can hurt them while playing. The dog can also get injured with rough handling by the children. Mountain Mastiff is an ideal choice for people who are looking for a guard dog and at the same time will love its owner.
The dog requires 20-30 minutes’ walk regularly to keep up with its good health. Over exercising overheats their joints and damage quickly making them not a poor jogging companion. The puppies require sessions to play freely and should have enough spaces to move around.
They have long hairs and require weekly brushing with a rubber grooming glove. But during shedding season, they require regular brushing. Cleaning their wrinkles regularly with a damp cloth will prevent bacterial infections. Brushing their teeth thrice a week will maintain its oral health. Bathing the dog becomes essential when the dog is exceptionally filthy. Nails will require trimming when they overgrow, at the same time, its ears will need attention to avoid ear infections.
It can inherit few diseases which are prevalent in its parents. The list includes Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, Seizures, Bloating, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Blood Disorders. Though, with a proper veteran checkup and random tests, the dog will remain healthy.
The dog is not for the first time owner as it requires specific training. To maintain a healthy connection, it is essential to give the dog obedience training. Starting up with the commands like ‘heel,’’sit,’’stand’ etc. will not only make them obedient but also improve the relationship between the dog and the master. These dogs have protective instincts in them which make socializing very important. They can become afraid and quiet leading them to yapping.
Being a large dog, in size, they require nutritious food. The owner can give homemade food high in nutrition. Commercial or dry dog food 4 ½ to 6 cups will also meet the energy requirement of this breed.