In this section we will focus on issues with an impact on dog welfare, linking to policies and approaches from around the world. Many of these topics will intersect with Health and Breeding, Research and other topics on DogWellNet.com. Specifically, we will look at welfare issues related to the breeding and distribution of purposely bred dogs, issues and legislation related to health and welfare and human-animal interactions. In this section, the focus will be on evidence and approaches; there will be overlap or links with the Education section.
Although often seen as two different disciplines, themes, or topics, there is an increasing realization that very frequently issues of disease (dis-ease, in the broadest sense) have an impact on the welfare of the animal. Certainly, many animal welfare challenges can directly impact the health and physical, behavioral, and overall well-being of an animal.
Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally found in the valleys of the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland and were used as general multi purpose farm dogs. They were draught dogs pulling cart loaded with produce to market, items such as basket ware, cheese, or milk to the local dairy. The carts were also decorated for village festivals and celebrations which still puts the dogs as centre of attention today. They were also employed in helping to herd sheep and cattle to and from the mountain pastures. All Bernese carry the traditional Swiss colouring of black and tan with white markings.