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 Fall of 2021. 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.
We had our first winter litter born January 2021. We have decided to no longer breed for winter puppies because of the difficulties associated with safely raising the puppies in the cold weather.
This is our ideal plan:
- Dogs will only be bred January 1st through July 15th.
- Puppies will be born March 5th through September 16th.
- Puppies go to their new home April 30th through November 11th.
This is just a plan and everything will be based on the individual dog and situation. If a healthy dog of good weight is in heat slightly outside of this window, we would most likely still breed them.
Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
Beckett (Bernese Mountain Dog). Beckett's first litter of 6 puppies was born on 7/4/20. Her second litter of 8 puppies was born on 1/4/21. 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, the vet approves, and we get enough people on the wait list (at least 5), we will plan to breed her for summer 2021 puppies and then skip the winter heat cycle. But if she isn't healthy enough or there aren't enough deposits, she will probably skip both heat cycles and be bred for summer 2022.
Caroline (Bernese Mountain Dog). "Cara" was born July 2020 and is just a puppy. We plan to breed her for puppies in Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2022 (depending on when she comes into heat).
You can see how many people are on the Bernese Mountain Dog Wait List to get an idea of when we might have a Bernese puppy for you.
"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.
Cagney Update 2/21/21: Cagney was bred on 2/17/21. If she is pregnant, she will be due April 21st. We are hopeful, but have been disappointed in the past. Praying she actually takes this time!
Cagney Update 3/30/21: We decided to do an ultrasound even though Cagney doesn't yet look pregnant. We're praying for a positive pregnancy.
Cagney Update 4/1/21: Cagney IS pregnant! The vet saw 10-11 puppies on the ultrasound (best guess). But we've learned not to count our puppies until they're whelped. ;)
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. We are planning to breed her in the Fall of 2021 or the Spring/Summer of 2022.
"CJ" - Casey Jean (Great Pyrenees). CJ was born July 2020 and is still a big puppy. We are planning to breed her in the Fall of 2021 or the Spring/Summer of 2022.
You can see how many people are on the "Great Bernese" Wait List to get an idea of when we might have a "Great Bernese" puppy for you.
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.