Bernese mountain dog breeders in michigan:
"Breeds of this description, being of a superior order, require the care of intelligent, faithful and experienced owners."-Benno
I have never seen a breed that didn't require care. I see people that just do nothing but breed them, don't feed them and let their puppies go when they are 10 or 12 months old. Then, the pet shop owners will buy them, put them on top of the counter and sell them off to unsuspecting individuals. There are breeders here in Michigan and they are buying people's pets and putting them to death. I have never witnessed it first hand, but I know someone that had their pet killed and I have to call them next week to discuss the outcome.
I've watched and researched a lot of breeders. Some of them do nothing but breed for the love of it. Some are more concerned with profits than with the well-being of their puppies. The rest of them are the bad ones who are just out to make a quick buck. The ones that do the right thing and care for their animals are rare.
I've tried to breed a few of them, but I never ended up with anything that I felt like it would be a successful breed.
I do not know if any Berner is going to be able to tell me of a "good" breeder.
I can say, though, that there are a number of very nice families that are taking good care of their animals and that are breeding them in a responsible manner. So far, that is the only reason I have ever thought of them.
Just because there are some bad ones out there does not mean that all of them are bad. Yes, we know this is true about all breeders, but I don't think we should blame a particular breed. Breeders don't make bad choices. Breeding dogs, and especially the Berners, are very difficult to get the genetic traits to "show up" correctly. They are not as simple to get as a black Lab.
I have only bred one Berners, and had two litters from her. I have done research on the breed, and have bred multiple Berners. I've learned to never sell my puppies without having some type of agreement in place, that they will always be bred back to this dog or her parents.
I am a responsible, dedicated family and love my Berners. We have four Berners and one of the largest families of Berners in the U.S. Not to say that there are not bad dogs in this breed, and even in the family, there are some Berners that I don't want to know too much about.
I agree, I think it's very unfair to judge an entire breed on the actions of a few, bad breeders. So far I haven't had any experience with this breed. I just wanted to see what the consensus was on Berners. I did read on another Berners list that this is a "mixed breed", and this would be considered different than Berners being the sole breeding dogs on it's own list. The only difference between the two is that, as a mixed breed, you can't breed it with another pure breed, and you can't have more than one Berners. From what I've read, this is a Berners, purebred, list.
I haven't had any experience with the Berners breed, so I wanted to find out what they're like and why they're not accepted in AKC? I've been warned that they're not accepted in many states and regions, and a few breeders that have been breeding them have done research on the breed, and have bred multiple Berners. I've learned to never sell my puppies without having some type of agreement in place, that they will always be bred back to this dog or her parents.
Sounds like you are going to be doing more research and not just jumping into the "no Berners" bandwagon. Berners will be a nice companion dog as long as they have a good, loving home. There is no breed of dog that is "right" or "wrong". As far as I know, it is not a "mixed breed" the way it is on a purebred registry. AKC does not accept Berners, because there are not enough registered Berners to warrant an entry into the book. It sounds like you have a Berners pup that is really cute. If he is a Berners then he is registered.
I have been breeding Berners for a while now, and I have had people register them. I am not really anti Berners or anything like that, but I have heard good things about them and a few bad things. I would agree with the breeder who said if he had any other dog at home it might be a challenge to get a Berners. Because of their intelligence and nature they are very active and want to be with their people. They will need training to be housetrained and not jump and jump on their family, but if a Berners has a good, loving home and is well taken care of they will make nice family dogs. Berners do live to be about 9-10 years old if they are well taken care of, and they do like people, but not in a pushy way. They are also not going to be a lap dog because they don't like to sit still unless they are hunting. They are a working breed, but they need some mental stimulation from being around people, so it is important for their families to take them on walks.
If you would like some more information about Berners you can read the AKC Berners Standard. AKC also offers a Berners Breeder’s Manual. This book can be downloaded at their website and it includes how to raise a Berners puppy, Berners health, and Berners behavior.
If you would like to talk with someone about a Berners pup it is always nice to talk to someone who has Berners. Your breeder is the best place to start, but anyone else would be fine.
Good luck! And may your Berners be well loved!
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