When the ‘Petite’ Runt Grows into a Giant: Bernese Mountain Dog Surprise
In a world where size matters, a recent social media video is leaving pet owners in awe as it reveals the astonishing growth of a Bernese mountain dog. What was expected to be a “petite” pup turned into a gentle giant that no one saw coming.
The video, shared on TikTok by user @kokoandrobbi, showcases the incredible transformation of a Bernese mountain puppy from a supposed “runt” of the litter to a 105-pound behemoth. Since its upload on October 17, the video has garnered over 1.1 million views, leaving viewers astonished and charmed by the canine’s colossal growth. The caption reads, “Our little chonk.”
Size Surprises from the Runt
Picking the runt of the litter often carries the expectation of a smaller-sized dog. However, reality sometimes has a different plan. The term “runt” typically refers to the smallest or weakest among a group of animals. Yet, with proper care and attention, most runt dogs manage to catch up to their siblings.
Bernese mountain dogs, initially bred as working dogs in Switzerland, have evolved into beloved family pets known for their affectionate, playful, and loyal nature. They come with an endearing aloofness that can bring smiles to the faces of strangers.
These dogs are an excellent choice for families with children and first-time dog owners, earning them a spot on Good Housekeeping’s list of the “20 Best Dog Breeds for Families to Adopt.”
According to the American Kennel Club, Bernese mountain dogs typically reach heights between 23 and 27.5 inches and weigh between 70 and 115 pounds, with variations based on gender. Females of the breed usually weigh between 70 and 95 pounds. However, the family in this heartwarming tale found themselves with a “little chonk” who defied expectations, tipping the scales at a hefty 105 pounds.
Viewers of the video were quick to express their amazement at the Bernese mountain dog’s unexpected growth and fell in love with the gentle giant. One TikTok user emphasized, “Runt is usually just the smallest at birth! It often has no correlation with the size they will be as adults.” The creator of the video responded by saying, “We’ve heard it go both ways! But we should’ve known once we saw her giant paws as a pup.”
As one comment aptly puts it, “People are realizing just how big Bernese mountain dogs can get.” Another user chimed in with a personal anecdote: “Same. My corgi was the runt. Now he is a menace.”
And for those charmed by the canine world, the underlying lesson is profound: sometimes the most unexpected surprises are the ones that fill our hearts with the most joy.