As you will see under the Litter Summaries tab, we can go several years without having a litter. Occasionally we have 2 litters within a 12-month period, but on average we have less than 1 litter per year. For this reason, we do not maintain a waiting list – it just isn’t fair! Instead, we will attempt to connect you with other similar breeders, when we don’t have an upcoming litter (which is most of the time). Having many contacts within the regional club – Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Rockies – and the national club – Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America – makes it possible to refer you to other breeders who produce Bernese Mountain Dogs of similar quality.
Even with the referrals, be prepared to wait…although BMD pups are now generally available from many commercial online breeders, carefully and responsibly bred Berners are still in short supply. It is best to contact several breeders. Most responsible breeders have high expectations of those who will own their puppies, so it is good to discuss these expectations and find a breeder you are comfortable with.
If you are considering a Tanzanite pup in the future, you can request a questionnaire here. Please be patient; especially when there are no puppies on the horizon, or when I am flooded with inquiries, it can take awhile for me to process the messages. (I have been really bad lately; not only do I not have any upcoming litters, but I don't know of any from good breeders that aren't already spoken for.)
Our current possible breeding bitches are Inca, Jjade, Devon, Trixie, and Wanda. Rio (GCH Tanzanite's Turn N Burn) is a potential stud dog, but he was born in June 2022 and hasn't even had OFA prelims done yet (those are scheduled for November 2023.)
As a BMDCA member I follow the Code of Conduct which says it is fine to breed on two heat cycles in a row, but then the dam must be given a break and skip the next heat cycle. I usually think 3 litters from each female is enough, and often they only have 1-2 litters. The exception was Millie - she had 4 gorgeous litters, and is a Top Producer of Champions.
As of 2023, we have had several missed breeding attempts over the last couple of years. Although Jade is listed as a potential dam, it is unlikely she will ever have a litter. Inca is over 6 years old and Devon is almost 6 years old; we hope to try one more time with them. Trixie and Wanda are solid potentials for 2024. Check back for updates!