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The Mountain Bulldog is a large to giant mixed or cross breed. His parents are the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Bulldog. He has a life expectancy of 9 to 12 years and he has talents in guarding and agility. He is gentle, tender and friendly dog who is a great devoted family pet.
The Mountain Bulldog is a good dog for someone who wants a larger dog but does not want to have to exercise it a couple of hours a day. Perhaps they want him to be able to adapt to apartment living too. He is good for a family but may need a little patience when it comes to training.
|Here is the Mountain Bulldog at a Glance|
|Average height||20 to 24 inches|
|Average weight||80 to 120 pounds|
|Coat type||Dense, flat, short, sleek|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Low|
|Tolerance to Cold||Depends on coat - moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Low|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high|
|Major Health Concerns||Cancer, PSS, eye problems, Von Willebrand's, bloat,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, pano, reverse sneezing, breathing issues|
|Life Span||9 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $600|
Where does the Mountain Bulldog come from?
In the last two to three decades there has been a huge increase in the amount of mixed breeds on the pet market. When initial mixes proved to be so popular amongst celebrities and public a lot of bad breeders saw a chance to cash in on the trend. So more and more mixed breeds were created for no real prupose beyond making money. A common theme to them is often having cute blended names for them. There is nothing wrong with owning a mixed breed but it is important people stop funding these puppy mills and other disgusting places who have no care over the dogs they are breeding or producing.
A lot of these dogs do not have an origin story to tell therefore we look at the two parents breeds to get a better feel for them. Remember while a breeder trying to sell to you may say the best of both dogs is going into the puppy in fact there is not much control they can have over this process. There can be differences in looks and personalities even in the same litter.
The Bulldog comes from a Mastiff type dog and was developed in England to be a bull baiter. This was a sport where the dog was put in a ring with a bull and was meant to latch onto the bull and pin it. The bull in turn would try to toss the dog. It was a spectator sport and was also thought to tenderize the meat. The Bulldog is first mentioned in 1500. He was bred to be fierce, brave, aggressive and tenacious. Bulldogs in those days were a lot bigger too. In 1835 despite the controversy the sport was outlawed and a lot of people thought the dog would die with the sport. However some breeders admired his better qualities and wanted to breed him into a companion dog a person would be proud to own.
Thankfully they were successful and today the Bulldog is a sweet and friendly dog who is no longer the fighter he once was. He is not aggressive though he is watchful and makes a good watchdog. He can be stubborn but he is also kind and easygoing. He is not a fast learner so training takes patience.
The Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is descended from the Molasser who is thought to be the ancestor of several mastiff type breeds. The Berner was a farm dog in the Swiss Alps for many years, left alone to work pulling carts, guarding cattle being a companion. He was strong, trustworthy, loyal and hard working. In the late 19th century the need for farm dogs dropped as agricultural work dropped during industrialization. The breed could have have suffered but thankfully just a few years later Swiss dog breeders became interested in the task of preserving native dog breeds and the Berner was one of them.
Today he is an intelligent and tolerant dog who is easy to train and loves to be part of any activity in the home. He is affectionate and gentle and while large in size is by no means aggressive. He may be wary of strangers until he has gotten used to them and he can sometimes be shy so early socialization is important. He is slower to reach adult maturity than most dogs.
The Mountain Bulldog is eager to please, loyal and docile and is moderately easy to train. He is alert and can be protective. He is friendly and good as a family dog. He usually gets on well with everyone but can sensitive so care needs to be taken with tone, he does not like being scolded and does not respond well to harshness.Advertisement
What does a Mountain Bulldog look like
He is a large to giant dog weighing 80 to 120 pounds and measuring 20 to 24 inches tall. He has almond shaped eyes, flappy ears and is well built being sturdy and strong. His coat can be either like the Bulldog or the Berner so it may be flat, smooth and short or a double coat that is dense underneath and rough on top. Common colors include white, black, brown, brindle, fawn, red and yellow.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Mountain Bulldog need to be?
This is not a dog that will be hyper indoors. He is quite laid back in fact and inactive inside the home. But when he is out he is happy to have daily long walk, some play time, trips to the dog park and some yard time. He could therefore adapt to living in an apartment if he has to, as long as there is room for him to move around and he gets out still every day. Do not push him too hard, he should not be over exercised as he can have breathing problems he may inherit from the Bulldog.
Does he train quickly?
He is not a quick training dog but nor should he be especially slow. He will certainly do better is you use gentle, consistent, firm but fair methods of training rather than punishments. Keep it positive and reward him when he gets it right. Early socialization and training are important to ensure you get a well rounded dog.
Living with a Mountain Bulldog
How much grooming is needed?
Whichever coat he has they are both easy to brush and should be done so regularly, every other day should be sufficient. He is low to moderate in his shedding, again it is dependent on type of coat. He should have his bath just when he needs one. Dogs should not have weekly baths as it strips the natural oils from his skin. Use a dog shampoo. Brush his teeth twice a week at least and check his ears once a week and wipe them clean. There is an ear cleaning solution you can get just do not insert anything into the ear. His nails will also need clipping when they get too long.
What is he like with children and other animals?
He is a very friendly and gentle dog and so gets on well with any age child, other dogs and even other pets. Early socialization and training are still an important part of that acceptance too. Children should also be trained on how to play nicely with a dog and things that are not acceptable to do.
The Mountain Bulldog is a good watchdog, he is alert and will bark to let you know if someone is breaking into your home. He will need to be fed 4 to 5 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, divided into two or more meals. He is a rare barker, can adapt to an apartment if he has to but is not good in either extreme weather conditions, he prefers moderate conditions.
To have better chances at a healthy dog buy from a good breeder and ask to see health clearances. Even then there is a chance your dog could develop any number of conditions dogs are prone to, some of which come from his parents. These are Cancer, PSS, eye problems, Von Willebrand's, bloat, joint dysplasia, pano, reverse sneezing and breathing issues. You should also avoid over exercising him as that can trigger the breathing problems.
Costs involved in owning a Mountain Bulldog
The Mountain Bulldog puppy cost is currently unknown as we could not find any for sale at this time making them presumably hard to find also. Initial costs once you have one will cover blood tests, deworming, chipping, shots, neutering, a crate, collar and leash and some other basics. These could be $450 to $500. Yearly medical costs for things like check ups, shots, flea prevention and pet insurance will be $485 to $600. Yearly costs for other essentials like food, training, treats, license and toys comes to between $510 to $600.
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The Mountain Bulldog is a good dog for someone who wants a larger dog but does not want to have to exercise it a couple of hours a day. Perhaps they want him to be able to adapt to apartment living too. He is good for a family but may need a little patience when it comes to training.Advertisement