We are Licensed in the State of Colorado through PACFA
( Pet Animal Care Facilities Act )
License # PL0015VU
RESCUE PUPPY/DOG VS BREEDER PUPPY/DOG
When considering adopting a puppy, it is just as important to preserve a Bloodline of a breed of dog as it is to help a puppy/dog in need of a proper home. Both have a purpose, both have a passion. Keep that in mind when you are desiring to bring a new puppy/dog home.
We are located in the small town of Johnstown Colorado. We are Specialized Breeders since 1994, and have spent the last 24 years purchasing the best quality bloodlines that we hope to offer healthier dogs. The Bernese Mountain Dogs seemed to have better health and longevity in other countries. Our belief is because the United States was only permitted to import a certain amount of dogs back in the mid 1970’s, during a time that the Bernese Mountain Dog was being saved from near extinction. This caused breeders to do a lot of ‘inbreeding’ i.e., father to daughter, cousins etc. By breeding that way, it caused the genetic pools to double up. Some were good qualities but some were poor qualities and in effect possibly caused a weakness in their immune systems.
In recent years, more dogs have been allowed to be imported into the United States from other countries now, which has opened up the gene pool and hopefully allows for a healthier dog. Our goal as a Specialized Breeder is to offer a better quality animal, who is hopefully less prone to the cancers and bone issues this breed has. Our dogs are raised as family members and are socialized daily. The adult dogs have individual yards, not kennels. We have a special nursery and whelping areas to protect pregnant mothers and young puppies. At 5 weeks of age, the puppies are acclimated back into the yards. Our puppies are from Swiss, Canadian, German, Dutch and Belgium Import Bloodlines. We introduced Belgium import bloodlines in our breeding program in 2013. We are a Colorado State, Weld County and PACFA licensed facility and are inspected yearly by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
* All puppies are sold with a 24 hour, One and Two Year Written Health Guarantee *
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* * SPAY AND NEUTER AGREEMENT * *
All puppies are sold with a spay and neuter agreement HOWEVER, we do not recommend a puppy to be spay or neutered before 8-12 months of age due to the health risks and new studies on adverse effects on the dog in later years. Below are links for your information and choice of study.
In Choosing the Bernese Mountain Dog The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, strong, sturdy, agile dog. These cheerful dogs love children. They are very intelligent, and are natural watchdogs, but not overly dominant. A Bernese Mountain Dog will be your friend for life. Self-confident, alert and good-natured, be sure to socialize as a young puppy. These dogs are slow to mature, acting like puppies longer than other breeds. They are rather friendly with strangers, and are generally good with other pets and dogs. The Bernese needs to be with people and not confined to the backyard or a kennel. These dogs are sensitive and should be trained firmly, but gently. The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for draft work and can be trained to pull a cart or wagon. History of the Bernese Mountain Dog The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from Switzerland and is one of four tri-colored varieties of Swiss mountain dogs, which also include the Appenzeller Sennenhund, the Entlebucher Sennenhund and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The long coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog distinguishes it from its close relatives. It was bred to be a draft dog (also known as a cart dog), a watchdog and an all-around farm dog. It is thought to have descended centuries ago from crosses between mastiff-type dogs and native flock-guarding dogs in the valleys of the Swiss Alps, before becoming popular with modern breed fanciers. One of its main historical tasks was to transport fresh milk, cheese and other produce for small farmers who were too poor or otherwise unable to own draft horses to pull carts containing their wares.Until the late nineteenth century, due to a lack of concerted breeding efforts, this breed was all but forgotten except by rural inhabitants of the Berne area of Switzerland. Starting in 1892, a Swiss innkeeper, and shortly thereafter a college professor from Zurich, scoured the countryside in an attempt to find good specimens of the breed. After much searching, they finally were able to find quality dogs, thus starting the rehabilitation of the breed. A breed specialty club was founded in Switzerland in 1907, and the Bernese Mountain Dog thereafter became sought as show dogs and companions, in addition to continuing their working roles as “beasts of burden” on market days.The breed was first brought to the United States in 1926 and achieved recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1937. The parent club was formed in 1968 (the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America) and became an AKC member club in 1981. Life Expectancy and Health Issue. The average life span of the Bernese Mountain Dog is between 8 and 11 years. Breed health concerns may include arthritis, autoimmune disease, bloat (gastric dilatation and volvulus), cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, kidney disease, entropion, cataracts and generalized progressive retinal atrophy. Their long coat requires regular brushing to reduce shedding, prevent matting and remove dirt and dander.