|Barked: Sat Aug 18, '12 4:22pm PST |
In general, Bernese have low prey drive and they are gentle with small animals. Many do not even have the desire to chase toys or play fetch. My girl does have a higher than normal for the breed prey drive and she will chase rabbits, cats and gophers but is always gentle with small dogs, puppies and kids. Most Bernese like to romp and play with other dogs but there are a few that are indifferent to other dogs.
Yes, seizures do occur in the breed but it is fairly far down the list of health issues. Since it is a recessive trait, it can pop up unexpectedly, but this is not an issue that occurs frequently enough to be a major breed concern.
Red Berners are also very rare. Since a red coat is a major fault in the breed, the genes for red have virtually been eliminated, although they do pop up from time to time. There are also a couple questionable breeders using red dogs to breed in order to sell "rare" pups.
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