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 six female dogs (see below) of breeding age. 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 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:
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 her.
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.
Next Breeding: Beckett was in heat on April 15th, but we're pretty sure she was not bred. We watched her and Castle pretty carefully and never saw anything definitive. If she did get bred, puppies would be due around June 12th. But most likely, she will come into heat again in the Fall and we will try again then.
Caroline (Bernese Mountain Dog). "Cara" was born July 2020. She has yet to have any puppies.
Next Breeding: First heat cycle in 2022 (we have not seen a previous heat cycle and don't have an expected time)
3/25/22 Update: Cara is starting to show signs of coming into heat. Castle is getting interested, but nothing definitive yet.
5/9/22 Update: We don't think Cara herself was in heat, but was just reacting to Cagney being in heat. Still waiting.
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.
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's first litter of puppies was born on April 22, 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.
Last Heat Cycle: March 30, 2022. Cagney bred but did not get pregnant.
Next Breeding: We will breed Cagney again during her next heat cycle in 2022 (possibly October - November) even though the puppies would be born during winter.
Lacey (Great Pyrenees). Lacey had her first litter of puppies on May 6, 2020 and her second litter of puppies on March 13, 2021. 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.
Last Heat Cycle: December 15, 2021 (not bred)
Next Breeding: First heat cycle in 2022 (possibly June - July but no guarantees)
Summer (Great Pyrenees). Summer was born July 2020 and has not yet been bred. Summer's puppies will be "Great Bernese" which is a cross between the Great Pyrenees (Summer) and Bernese Mountain Dog (Castle). They are not registerable with the AKC.
Last Heat Cycle: July 14, 2022 (not pregnant)
Next Breeding: Summer will be bred her next heat cycle which should be around January 2023.
"CJ" - Casey Jean (Great Pyrenees). CJ was born July 2020 and has not yet been bred. CJ's puppies will be "Great Bernese" which is a cross between the Great Pyrenees (CJ) and Bernese Mountain Dog (Castle). They are not registerable with the AKC.
Last Heat Cycle: December 9, 2021 (not bred)
Next Breeding: CJ came into heat on 7/19/22 and was with Castle every other day until 7/28/22.
Potential Puppies: If CJ was successfully bred, puppies will be due 9/20/22 - 9/29/22.
9/6/22 Update: Great news! CJ definitely looks pregnant!! We're praying for a healthy delivery and that she's a good first-time mom!
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.