Meet Harper & Hudson the Rottweiler & Bernese Mountain Dog and their owner Michelle!
Age: Both 6 years old.
About the Breed
This breed is one of the oldest with its origins dating back to the Roman army. As the army passed through Germany, the dogs were bred with native breeds resulting in what we traditionally know and recognise now as a Rottweiler. The germans used them for driving cattle to market, pulling carts and what they are most famously known for, guarding property. These strong, active, loyal dogs have attracted some famous owners including Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Mars & Hayden Panettiere.
Hudson (Bernese Mountain Dog)
Bernese Mountain Dogs originate from the Swiss Alps and were bred as an all-purpose farm dog used to herd cattle, protect the farm and pull milk carts to the local dairy. They are an intelligent breed that is known for their impressive size but also gentle nature. Traditionally a breed that could be found in Europe, it has only been in recent years that the breed is becoming more recognised in Australia as people have imported them for their loving, docile temperaments along with their striking appearance.
Why did you choose this particular breed?
Both breeds appealed to me because of their size, temperaments and appearance. I especially love the tan eyebrows they both have and when it comes to dogs, the bigger the better in my opinion!
Although Rottweilers are often portrayed as a tough, scary breed if they are raised and treated right they are incredibly loyal and affectionate. Harper is by far the most affectionate and loving dog I’ve ever owned. She loves a cuddle and is always be my side, I couldn’t imagine my life without her.
The striking tri-colour, fluffiness and size of the Bernese Mountain Dogs had me falling in love with them every time I met one. I just had to add one to my family and I’m so glad I got Hudson, he is my big teddy bear that I just adore!
Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people associated with the breed?
Hudson is the typical Berner being such a docile gentle giant. He thinks he’s a lap dog despite weighing in at almost 50kg. I call him my “loveable doofus” because he just doesn’t know his size and often knocks things over or sits on your feet without realising. When he meets you he’ll immediately lean up against you and plead for your attention and as many pats as he can get.
For people who truly know the breed then yes Harper is everything you’d expect. She’s loyal, affectionate, strong, intelligent, active and eager to please. For people who just know rottweilers by how they are portrayed in movies then she’s the total opposite to what they may expect. She’s definitely managed to change a few peoples minds amongst my family and friends who at first were nervous when I said I was getting a Rottie puppy.
Any tips for someone considering getting this breed?
Both breeds love affection and company, they are definitely not solitary dogs. They really need to become part of a family and if loved, they will be the most loyal and loving dogs you’ll ever own.
If you are going to own a berner, you need to be ok with hair. The most common question I get about Hudson is “does he shed?”. The answer is YES!
Because of their size, it is really important that you’re willing to put in the time, especially when they are young, to do training. Both breeds I have found are keen to learn and please their owners. Rottweilers especially need training as they are highly intelligent, strong and have the potential to become destructive if bored and don’t receive structure in their lives.
How interested/good at training or obedience?
Both Harper and Hudson love to show off their sit, drop, come and stay. Admittedly Hudson can lag behind at times but gets there in the end. They both love other dogs and because of training we put when they were young, I’m more than comfortable with them off the lead and socialising with other dogs and people.
Any tricks, community work?
Harper and Hudson in the past have been involved with going along to Veterinary educational visits at schools. They loved all the attention the kids gave them and were happy for the Veterinarians & Nurses to demonstrate health checks on them in front of the kids.
They have both also had the chance in the past to be ambassadors for their breeds at the Melbourne Dog Lover’s Show. They just wanted to say hello to everyone they possibly could!
You can catch Harper and Hudson’s adventures on Instagram: @harper_and_hudson