Cross Breed: "Bernation"

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    What do you call a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Dalmation?

    Answer: A Bernation

    Whatever you call them, pups Arnie and Angel could be the first of a new breed.

    Cath and Graham Wilson think they might have uncovered a new breed of dog after their Dalmation Tom mated with their seven-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog Cassie. Cath and Graham, of Croston, Lancs, have dubbed the two unlikely puppies Bernations

    Despite scouring the internet they've not found any evidence that the dogs exist elsewhere.
    Proud Cath said: "They're the most beautiful puppies I've ever seen. The parents are the most opposite dogs you could ever think of.
    "Tom the Dalmation is only a year old, very energetic and we thought he was too young to mate, whereas Cassie is getting on a bit and very laid back. She is seven and this is her first ever litter - and her last!"

    Cassie gave birth to the two pups, a boy and a girl, last month. They were born with black bodies, white feet, white tips on their tails and black ears. In the last few days, their Dalmation spots have started coming through and their personalities are already as opposite as their parents.
    "Arnie is not even a month old and he is already a big chunk, while Angel is very sweet," said Cath. "Every day people want to come and look at them and I've got about 250 of them waiting to visit." The Wilsons, both 48, run the local garage Drinkhouse Service Centre.

    They admit that work has been hectic since the arrival of the 'Bermation' pups. "It's been a mad house," says Cath. "For the first two weeks I had to sleep downstairs on the settee with them because Cassie didn't know what had happened.

    "Now she is great with them and Tom is being a good dad for a one-year-old, playing with them and licking them."
    Cath says it had been a very traumatic time for the old Bernese Mountain Dog, who has a history of phantom pregancies, as she also gave birth to two more pups that sadly were still-born.

    Cath and Graham used to breed Dalmations, but got Cassie specifically because she was completely different to the dogs they'd had before.
    Withy Grove Veterinarian Michael Clarke said: "When you cross two breeds it doesn't automatically generate a new breed - that takes several generations of pure breeding resulting in the same each time - like the Labradoodle. "But it should make a very good cross because Dalmations are bouncy and friendly and Bernese are placid and friendly too."
  2. Those puppies are CUTE!
  3. not again... :yucky:
  4. Oh my...
  5. Aww! They're cute!
  6. The puppies are cute but I'm not sure it's a really good match.
    The "daddy" dal is so handsome
  7. So cute!
  8. Adorable! I wonder if they'll keep the puppies? I certainly could never part with them!
  9. aaaw, they're cute, but somewhat special looking. I'd take one though :love:
  10. They are absolutely ADORABLE!:smile:
  11. They're cute!!!
  12. Aww, they're soooo cute!!!
  13. A cute name, yet no mention of health screening before breeding.

    Bernese Mountain dog need to be tested at a minimum for hips and elbows and I think hearts as well. They are prone to both cancer and immune problems and seven is considered quite elderly in that breed:confused1:

    Dalmations have a ton of problems, including deafness and liver and kidney problems.

    Mixing breeds doesn't mean that those genes go away, they just might not be expressed in this litter of pups.

    It is sad that this article does not seem to recognize the impact that this sort of careless breeding has on canine health:crybaby:
  14. I was about to post the same thing. I have two bernese and even though my mother got one from a reputable breeder, our girl has tons of health problems. They are at risk for so many health problems I can't imagine compounding them with another breed's "issues"
  15. They are some of the most adorable puppies I've ever seen :heart: I hope it won't be the case that they will be more prone to illness bc of the breeds that were crossed to get them =(