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Delagrea Bernese Mountain Dogs is comprised of myself, Maureen Greaves, my husband Wayne and our Bernese. We live on 20 acres on the eastern city limits of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

All we wanted when we brought Cutter home was a great family companion. We got that and so much more.

The journey to learn about the breed and the people involved with the breed has been very interesting. My primary objective with being involved with the BMDCC and other smaller groups is EDUCATION! I feel that it is just as important to talk about the breed as a good choice for someone as it is to convince someone that the Bernese Mountain Dog is not the breed for them.

One of the best ways to educate the public about Bernese Mountain Dogs is to actually be out in the public with my dogs. Whether it is at an all breed conformation show, an obedience trial, a drafting event or a parade, they are all opportunities to mingle and talk.

I'm a member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada (BMDCC), the Bernese Mountain Club of America (BMDCA), the Alberta(previously the Calgary)Berner Walk Group and the Newfoundland Dog Fanciers of Alberta (NDFA). I hold the position of President as well as Rescue Chair with the BMDCC.

I'm absolutely passionate about educating the public and potential new Bernese owners about the breed and how to find a good breeder. Finding a breeder that you trust and feel comfortable with is paramount. That breeder should be truly invested in the breed, their health and their future.

I have been involved with Bernese since 1997 and still consider myself relatively new with a lot to learn! I believe that all breeding dogs should be shown in some venue whether it be conformation or a performance event, should have all the health testing available completed (hips, elbows, eyes, heart, vonWillebrands, DM), and all data should be entered on the Berner-Garde Foundation website. I believe a breeder should be a member of the National or Regional Breed Club and actively participate where ever possible in club events. I get a little cranky with "breeders" that produce puppies, but rarely, if ever, contribute to the community where it counts!

Bernese puppies are really cute but there is more to finding a Bernese puppy than their "cuteness factor". You need to do your research! Not only do you need to learn about the breed itself but you also need to find a reputable breeder to purchase your puppy from. Learning about the breed is relatively easy with all the books and information available to you on the internet. Finding a reputable breeder is a whole lot harder! Take your time and do not make an impulse decision.

It is not difficult to find puppies available online. There are always ads with Bernese puppies for sale on kijiji and other puppy find websites but this is not necessarily the best place to find your future companion.

I recommend that before you contact a breeder you do your research online by going to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America or the Bernese Mountain Dog Information websites. The links can be found on our "links" page. The information found on these websites will give you the basic information you need to know before you embark on your journey to find a breeder.

OK so you have done your preliminary research and you are ready to find a puppy by contacting a breeder. Be prepared to ask a lot of questions and in turn you should be asked a lot of questions by the breeder or maybe even complete a puppy questionnaire. Are they interested in your family, your knowledge of the breed, your activities and expections? OR Are they more interested in knowing how you plan to pay for the puppy? When you ask them about their dogs are they happy to share information about their dogs including their pedigree, their health clearances and overall health? OR do they respond with answers like "my dogs are healthy" "my dogs live a long time" "there is no cancer in my lines" "my dogs are pets and only show dogs get cancer or have hip dysplasia". Does the breeder partipate in health studies and submit their dog's information to Berner Garde? Do they know what Berner Garde is? Is the breeder a member of the Regional or National breed club? If not, why not? Does the breeder have a puppy buying contract that includes a clause that states that they will take a puppy back during its lifetime, regardless of the reason? Is the breeder going to offer lifetime support and want to maintain contact with you for the life of the puppy? Does the breeder require you to come to their home and meet them prior to you buying a puppy? When you visit, are the dogs healthy and happy? Do you feel comfortable with the breeder, their dogs and the enviroment that that puppies are going to be raised in? OR is the breeder unwilling to allow a visit without a valid reason (like puppies are too young for outside visitors)? If you feel uncomfortable with the answers you are recieving or what you see when you are visiting, then move on. Listen to your instincts as they will rarely be wrong.

Registration. Are the parents CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registered? Will the pups be CKC registered? If the answer is no, then why not? It is a violation of the Animal Pedigree Act in Canada to advertise for sale any animal of a reconized breed without supplying registration papers. So if the breeder is advertising Bernese Mountain Dog puppies for sale but they are from unregistered parents or if the pups themselves will not be registered, they are breaking the law. Plain and simple. CKC registration is not expensive so do not fall for that excuse.

Stepping off my soap box...I hope you enjoy browsing through our site and I welcome hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.

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