Monday, 8 March 2010

Benji




















Sy naam is Benji en hy is 'n Berner Sennenhund - of soos die Engelse hom herdoop het, die Bernese Mountain dog en hy is ons s'n.
Ons 1ste troeteldier in Oz en ons kon nie beter gekies het nie.  Hy is die liefdevolste ding op 4 pote en raak heeltemal verboureerd wanneer die hele gesin nie saam in een vertrek is nie. Hy neem mense ook baie maklik aan en glad nie 'n goeie waghond nie!


































The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in Swiss German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large breed of dog, dogs from the Swiss Alps.  The name Sennenhund is derived from the German "Senne" (alpine pasture) and "hund" (dog), as they accompanied the alpine herders and dairymen called Senn. Berner (or Bernese in English) refers to the area of the breed's origin, in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. Originally kept as general farm dogs, large Sennenhunds in the past were also used as draft animals, pulling carts.


Like the other Sennenhunds, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, heavy dog with a distinctive tricolored coat, black with white chest and or rust colored markings above eyes, sides of mouth, front of legs, and a small amount around the white chest. An ideal of a perfectly-marked individual gives the impression of a white horse shoe shape around the nose and a white “Swiss cross” on the chest, when viewed from the front. A Swiss Kiss is a white mark located typically behind the neck, but may be a part of the neck.
Height at the withers is 58–70 cm and weight is 29–54 kg.

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