BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPIES
NOTE: All puppies in the April litter, have tentative homes lined up - there are only 2 girls and 1 boy. One puppy is committed to a local pet home, and placements of the other two will depend on conformation evaluations at 8 weeks of age.
If you are interested in a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, please go to the Contact page and request a questionnaire. To get an idea of what the questionnaire looks like, check out this AKC link.
We do not maintain a formal waiting list, because we don’t breed enough litters to ask someone to wait. Also, we do not take deposits until we are confident that it appears we will have the right puppy for you – and if at the last minute the puppy is not the right fit, we will return the deposit. Until the litter is born, the number of males and females is unknown – and until the puppies’ eyes open, we don’t know if any of them are blue (which is a disqualification for showing).
In terms of puppy selection – this often cannot be done until 7-9 weeks of age. Usually we know by 8 weeks of age, which puppies show the most potential for show/breeding. Sometimes younger puppies have an obvious disqualification for showing (blue eyes) or are extremely mismarked. When selecting a pet puppy, it is critical to match the temperament to the family and their lifestyle. I usually decide which puppy goes where - unless I have two that are very similar - in that case I will generally let the family I committed to first, select their puppy.
Visits are encouraged after the puppies turn 4 weeks old!!
The usual process is to determine which pups are show potential between 7-8 weeks of age. As the breeder I often am planning on keeping the pup that shows the most show potential. Sometimes the stud owner or a co-owner is in line for the second pick. Occasionally there will be several people in line for show potential pups, assuming puppies that meet their expectations are still available. This is where it gets tricky to predict who will get which puppy! In some cases show potential puppies go to pet homes – if lucky to have a litter of overall outstanding quality, this doesn’t mean they all go to show homes, it means that families get to select a show quality pet!
When selecting a pet, temperament is one of the most important criteria. Since the parents of my litters are usually AKC Champions, and I know the Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Standard and make breeding decisions based on it, it is likely that most of the puppies will come close to the Breed Standard. Most will look like a "classic" BMD. I spend a lot of time with the pups, getting to know which ones are the most outgoing, and which ones may need extra socialization. The Breed Standard says "may be aloof with strangers" - and there can be a fine line between "aloof" and "skittish" - or even "aggressive."