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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.
Providing a platform to initiate and support conversation and exchange of health and welfare information among stakeholders in purebred breeds is part of IPFD's mission. Saluki Health Co-ordinators internationally are invited to share information and exchange ideas to benefit the breed. If your passion is Saluki health we hope you will Join DogWellNet as a Saluki Breed Expert. At present there is no global Saluki organisation - the great work being done for the breed is primarily nationally based and in some countries there are multiple clubs for the breed. Small population breed advocates can face challenges in identifying and discussing management of key health issues. The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club UK's David Steel has proposed the idea of taking a globally based approach to addressing Saluki Health. Many thanks to David for sharing a few thoughts on how to broker and define collective action to benefit the Saluki breed.