1 year to Chennai, 1 concern.

#1 Feb 5th, 2014, 04:34
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Hi all,
We were asked to go to Chennai to work there for about 1 year. We = my wife and I.
We would love to do it as we have just spent 4 years working in italy and we are ready for a new challenge.

But we have one major concern: we have 2 large dogs (greater Swiss mountaindogs) and we wonder what the circumstances would be for them.
We would try to find a place to live near the ocean, but that might still be too hot.

Who could tell us something about it ?

Thanks.
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It will be too hot for them. Absolutely no doubt for the breed. Temperatures in Summer can hit 40 Celcius.

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Temperatures in Summer can hit 40 Celcius.
Temperatures in Summer can exceed 40 Celcius ...for a few weeks, and those few weeks can seem very long!

I don't know the dog, and how long-haired, shaggy, and equipped for mountain temperatures they are, but bear in mind that even "winter" here is like a good Northern European summer day.

You will have Air conditioning in your house, car, office, and, even after becoming acclimatised, you probably won't feel like spending much of April/May/part-June away from that AC. The dogs will benefit too, but then they need exercise more than we do. You might manage something like taking them to the beach at 5.00am ...but, to newcomers, canine and human, even the nights will seem hot to you. The summer nights feel hot and humid even to those born here.

Living by the sea would be your best option. You will get fresher, cleaner and cooler air than in the city.

But still... it's early Feb, right? What's the temperature where you are now? Because here it is 31C. Best to have a long conversation with your dogs about this!


All the best for your decision making
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You are talking about St. Bernhard dogs, right?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bernard_%28dog%29

Well, you were in Italy with them. Italy is sometimes hotter than or at least as hot as South India, the more south you go in Italy, so they might be used to some of it. Other concerns are perhaps the food, the quantity of it that you need, I mean. Or diseases they might contact there. I am sure there are answers to these concerns.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post You are talking about St. Bernhard dogs, right? ...
Not St. Bernards. Different breed:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
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Besides the heat, the humidity in Chennai can be killing, even for humans. I don't know too much about that breed of dog, but, judging from Vishwa's link, they will probably have a tough time.

It would be nice if your salary package allowed for heavy airconditioning related electricity bills. You and your dogs will both be happier. And crisper; if you are like me, you will want 24 hrs airconditioning (and power backup, don't forget power cuts in summer) everywhere in Chennai.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Not St. Bernards. Different breed:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Actually these are smaller than St. Bernhards, and a bit less furry. I wonder why they are called mountain dogs in English, they are Bernese cowherders, and relate to farmers living in plains. They are cute dogs though.

You know, btw, the bigger the dogs, the friendlier they are, in general? Interesting.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Actually these are smaller than St. Bernhards, and a bit less furry. I wonder why they are called mountain dogs in English, they are Bernese cowherders, and relate to farmers living in plains. They are cute dogs though.

You know, btw, the bigger the dogs, the friendlier they are, in general? Interesting.
They are called 'Mountain Dogs' because they are a 'Sennenhund' (Mountain Hound) breed

From your St. Bernard link:

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Related breeds
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The four Sennenhund breeds, the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog), the Berner Sennenhund, (Bernese Mountain Dog), the Appenzeller Sennenhund, (Appenzeller), and the Entlebucher Sennenhund (Entlebucher Mountain Dog) are similar in appearance and share the same location and history, but are tricolor rather than red and white.

St. Bernards share many characteristics of many Mountain dog breeds.
The Bernese are a related but different breed.

'The bigger the friendlier' applies to human folk too less chips on their shoulder

Regardless, I personally think that the dogs would have a hard time in Chennai.
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I have been reading a bit about these gentle, beautiful dogs. This might be a concern, if it happens to apply to these particular dogs.

Lick fit

Lick fit is the frantic licking to which Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can be prone.[1] This has been reported in 17% of the breed.[1] When in the middle of a lick fit, the dog will lick anything they can carpet, floors, walls and will eat anything they can find, including grass, leaves, dirt, carpet, and will gulp air and swallow constantly.[1] Their actions make it obvious they are in severe gastrointestinal discomfort.[1] Many owners are able to prevent lick fits by ensuring the dog never has an empty stomach by frequent, smaller meals and large dog biscuits as between meal snacks.[1]

also this

Abdominal health issues

Bloat, a.k.a. gastric dilatation-volvulous (GDV), is the greatest killer of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.[1] GDV occurs in deep-chested breeds and requires immediate veterinary care.[1] It can be caused by wolfing down too much water, too much food too fast, exercise after eating, stress or unknown conditions.

quotes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Swiss_Mountain_Dog

Let's see when OP comes back, what applies and what not.
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Originally Posted by Tonnies View Post Hi all,
But we have one major concern: we have 2 large dogs (greater Swiss mountaindogs) and we wonder what the circumstances would be for them.
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