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For the longest time, I thought they were called Burmese Mountain Dogs and I was like, "I didn't know know there were mountains in Burma," and then I did some research and realized there actually are mountains in Burma and so I was sure that was where the dogs came from - like they used to belong to monks or something. And one time someone said, "I think it's Bernese, not Burmese," and I was like, "No way. The Burmese Mountain Dog originated from the monks in the mountains of Burma," and my friend's like, "You mean monks as in Shangri-La monks?" and I'm like, "Yeah, that sounds about right."

This is why I probably shouldn't have children.

Or the dog may just be from Quebec.

Not up for adoption just yet, but soon will be.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

9 Comments to “Unnamed - Bernese Mountain Dog”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    He's gorgeous - ergo, defintiely from Shangri-Law. :)

  2. selkiem says:

    Well, the Monks of New Skeet have german shepherds so why shouldn't the Burmese monks have Mountain dogs?

  3. Brel says:

    You aren't alone with the Burmese name...didn't know I was wrong until this post.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It's Burnese as in the Burn Mountains in Switzerland.

  5. Anonymous says:

    gasp what a gorgeous boy....

  6. Anonymous says:

    I also thought it was Burmese until this post :P

  7. Au contraire, mon ami, that is why you should have kids: the bedtime stories would be memorable...

  8. Is he/she full grown? How big will he/she get?

  9. Fred says:

    ebuddy, yes, full grown - won't get bigger unless it gets fatter.

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