Future Puppies (Breeding Plans)
We raise two types of puppies on our farm - Bernese Mountain Dogs and "Great Bernese" puppies. Please read our information on "Getting a Puppy" before you reach out to us. Most of your questions will be answered by carefully reading that page.
We know how excited you are to add a puppy to your family. We may not be able to predict exactly when we'll have a puppy available for you. But we promise to give you as much information as we have available so you can plan as much as is possible!
Dogs come into heat approximately every 6-8 months. The gestation on a litter of puppies is 60-63 days typically. The female will usually (but not always) come back into heat 6 months from the last heat cycle and not 6 months after having puppies.
There is always some variation, and so predicting heat cycles is not an exact science. And exposure to a male during the heat cycle does not always guarantee a pregnancy.
We start to breed our dogs at 18 months old. We do not agree with the practice of waiting until a dog is 2 to breed her. If a dog is healthy and in good shape, breeding her at 18 months allows her to deliver her puppies before her pelvic bones have fully hardened. This gives her more flexibility during delivery and decreases the need for having a cesarean. Our vet fully agrees with breeding at 18 months.
Our dogs are only bred if they are healthy, in good physical shape, and weigh a good amount.
We are a working farm with three female dogs (see below) of breeding age. We also have 3 young females that will be of breeding age in the winter of 2021/2022. We have one intact male Bernese Mountain Dog (Castle) on the farm as well. Castle is the sire to all of our puppies and upcoming litters.
We will be adding a male Bernese Mountain Dog puppy sometime in late 2021 when he is born. He will be unrelated to all of our dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
Beckett (Bernese Mountain Dog). Beckett's litter was born on 1/4/21. All puppies are currently spoken for. Beckett's puppies are full Bernese Mountain Dogs and are able to be registered with the AKC.
In the future, Beckett will be skipping a heat period and not be bred. If she is in good enough shape (and the vet approves), we plan to breed her for summer 2021 puppies and then skip the winter heat cycle. But if she isn't healthy enough, she will probably skip both heat cycles and be bred for summer 2022. It all depends on her.
Caroline (Bernese Mountain Dog). "Cara" was born July 2020 and is just a puppy. She will be old enough to be bred in the winter of 2021/2022.
"Great Bernese" Puppies
A "Great Bernese" is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and a Great Pyrenees. On our farm, we breed our female Great Pyrs to our Bernese Mountain Dog male.
Cagney (Great Pyrenees). Cagney is two and has not yet had puppies. She has been exposed to Castle twice (January 2020 and Fall 2020) and has not gotten pregnant either time. She is going for some bloodwork in January 2021 to make sure there are no issues. She is still relatively young and so we don't expect a problem. We just want to make sure that there are no underlying issues.
Cagney will be bred to Castle when she next comes into heat (possibly Spring 2021). Cagney's puppies will be "Great Bernese" which is a cross between the Great Pyrenees (Cagney) and Bernese Mountain Dog (Castle). They are not registerable with the AKC.
Lacey (Great Pyrenees). Lacey had her first litter of puppies on May 6, 2020. Lacey is a picky eater and we have to work hard to keep enough weight on her. She is doing well and spent time with Castle when she came into heat in early January. Because we were concentrating on Beckett (who whelped 1/4/21), we did not see whether or not Lacey was actually bred. She will go for an ultrasound in mid February to determine if she is pregnant. Lacey's puppies will be "Great Bernese" which is a cross between the Great Pyrenees (Lacey) and Bernese Mountain Dog (Castle). They are not registerable with the AKC.
Summer (Great Pyrenees). Summer was born July 2020 and is still a big puppy. She will be old enough to be bred in the winter of 2021/2022.
"CJ" - Casey Jean (Great Pyrenees). CJ was born July 2020 and is still a big puppy. She will be old enough to be bred in the winter of 2021/2022.
If you would like one of our Bernese Mountain Dog puppies or one of our "Great Bernese" puppies, please contact us about being added to the Puppy Wait List.