Questions, Answers and Links
These are some answers to a few common questions....
How long do Berners live and do they have a lot of
The average lifespan for Bernese is 7 years, but we are trying to improve that. Now that doesn't mean your dog is going to die at 7, it does mean that we are loosing our dogs to different problems including cancer, auto-immune mediated diseases and other various problems. Some, unfortunately, younger and some at older ages. We do have dogs living until 14 now. I can tell you that I am trying everything I can to breed healthy dogs.
Who should I buy my Berner from and what do they cost?
There are many people selling Bernese these days. A good first question to ask, is are you a member of the National Club? Also, do they share information with Berner-Garde? If they say yes, at least they have some guidelines that they are following and they are being asked to follow certain ethics by the national club. You can buy Bernese from the newspaper, pet stores and backyard breeders, but you risk not getting a dog that has met health guidelines and the high standard of a quality breeder. A Breeder should offer you a contract and a reliable source for your questions during the life of your dog. Quality breeders are here to help you when you need it. They will know the pedigree and the quality of the puppy they are selling you.. When you talk to a breeder you should feel like you have made a new friend.
Bernese puppies from reputable breeders are running anywhere from 2800.00 to 4500.00 just for the Puppy.
Right now my puppies are $3500.00 if you are local or can come and get them. Because of covid the shipping of puppies has become extremely difficult. I am happy to see what we can figure out, but I suspect the best option will be to fly out and carry the puppy "on the plane" back home.
Foreign Breeders with good reputations who will sell to the USA
Flea and tick prevention. Read below
There are many dangers to having your dog wear their collars when they are unsupervised. This is a link that will explain many of the concerns.