Our Expectations of Prospective Puppy Owners

Our ideal home is one where the puppy will be raised with a high quality diet, minimal vaccines, the puppy will have someone home during the day (or has a dog walker, if everyone works out of the house).  The Bernese Mountain Dog is from the Working Group – they were bred to work and be active.  Certainly they don’t need the amount of exercise as a herding dog, but they do need daily exercise.  Bernese were bred to be with the farmer all day long, so they don’t do well with long periods of isolation.  We do require that your home is physically fenced.  

We breed for temperament, health, longevity, type natural working ability and structure. While this is a family affair, we don’t breed often and we usually breed first and foremost for ourselves, which means we will be keeping at least one puppy out of the litter. We have a well-planned breeding program and we typically only have 1 litter a year. This means that each breeding is of tremendous importance to us and that we concentrate our efforts into caring for and socializing our puppies. Because of the amount of time that we spend with each puppy, we do not allow people to pick their puppy. We have spent countless hours with each litter and we will pick the puppy that best suits your wants and needs.  We normally do structural and temperament evaluations between 8 & 9 weeks of age.  


 All puppies that are sold as companions are placed with limited AKC registration (meaning that they can’t be bred to any other dogs) and our contract has severe penalties if the dog is bred without our permission. We are members of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America – please see their position on crossbreeding. We strongly feel the same. We will not hesitate to enforce our contract.