While dogs aren’t choosy about whom they love, finding a breed suited for your living situation and activity level will make everyone happier in the long run. To help you find your new best friend, here are some typical positive and negative characteristics of five popular mountain-town breeds.

Bernese mountain dog, a.k.a. Berner

Bernese Mountain Dog

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Pros:

  • loves the snow
  • low exercise needs
  • often chooses one human from their “pack” as a favorite

Cons:

  • short (6 to 8 years) lifespan
  • heavy shedder
  • does not do well in the heat

 

 

Siberian Husky, a.k.a. Husky

Siberian Husky

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Pros

  • friendly and gentle disposition
  • very clean—often licks her coat like a cat

Cons

  • notorious escape artist
  • strong predatory drive

 

 

 

Labrador retriever

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Labrador retriever, a.k.a. Lab

Pros

  • goofy
  • great with kids
  • easy to train
  • loves water

Cons

  • likes to chew as a pup
  • hip problems are common

 

Australian shepherd

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Australian shepherd, a.k.a. Aussie

Pros

  • high, almost intuitive intelligence
  • very loyal
  • loves to play

Cons

  • can be destructive if left alone all day
  • cataracts are common

 

 

Golden retriever, a.k.a. Golden

Golden retriever

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Pros 

  • playful personality
  • wonderful family dog
  • does not require tons of exercise

Cons

  • loyalty bordering on neediness
  • hip issues
  • heavy shedding
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