& Bernese Mountain Dogs
Frequently Asked Questions:
I am very happy to talk with people by phone if interested in my puppies, but because of numerous phone calls, I've decided to limit calls to those who have filled out my puppy questionnaire and have read the links. Thank you for understanding.
Is this the right time for you to get a puppy?
Puppies' first 16 weeks of life require a lot of attention. They go through different stages of development and need lots of exposure to the world to develop into great dogs.
From the time of breeding/mating till the puppy is ready to go to their new home is about 4 months total. Pregnancy lasts about 9 weeks, then puppies are raised in my home for another 8/9 wks. then they go off to their new homes. For the following 2 months after they leave my place, puppies will need to be vaccinated, dewormed, trained, socialized etc.
Can you take a puppy home when required? Can you take holidays to look after the puppy, are you planning a vacation in that time frame or a big event that would not be good for a small puppy? Puppies cannot be boarded at a kennel facility or be around other dogs until they are fully vaccinated at around 16 weeks of age. They also cannot cross the US border until vaccinated for rabies, which would be 4 months of age. Please ensure you have adequate time to spend with puppy, or consider waiting for another litter whose timing suits you better.
Do you require a fenced yard?
I do require a securely fenced yard or a securely fenced area with access via a door off the house. The fence does not have to be expensive, but it has to be secure. This is for the safety of the puppy. I will not consider applications if you do not have a securely fenced yard.
The adoption process?
If you are interested in a puppy, you must first fill in the questionnaire and provide me with as much information about yourself/family and lifestyle. This information will allow me to get a better idea of what type of puppy you are interested in. If I think one of my puppies would be suitable, I will contact you via email to set up a phone chat or have you come for a visit. If we both decide to go ahead with the adoption, I require a deposit to be put on my reservation list (Goldens $400.00 and Berners $500.00). If I can’t provide you with a puppy (i.e. not enough puppies, not the right sex, incorrect temperament), I will gladly refund your deposit or you can choose to wait for my next litter. By filling in the questionnaire it does not constitute a contract on my part to provide you with a puppy, nor does it obligate you to take one.
How are your puppies raised?
My priority is health, temperament and type. My puppies are home raised, I am fortunate enough to be able to stay at home, so my time is devoted to them and their needs. They are whelped (born) in a room off my kitchen and spend the first 3.5 weeks with momma in there, as momma likes her privacy at this stage. At the end of 3.5 weeks I move them to the family room to be with the other dogs, cat, TV, visitors, indoor play area & outside area and momma of course. Exposure to new things in the first 4 months of a puppy’s life are critical to creating a balanced pup. My puppies have lots of socialization and stimulating new things each week, I vary what the puppies are exposed to, based on what is age appropriate for them. Through the entire time they are being lovingly handled and monitored. They go to their new homes at approximately 8 to 9 weeks of age, after veterinary approval and providing they are ready.
My goal is to produce puppies that are healthy, happy, have great temperaments and get a good start at life. Please look at the “How I Raise My Puppies” page.
YouTube links to videos from previous litters of my puppies:
Golden Retriever Puppies
Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
Do I get to pick my puppy?
No, I pick the puppies for the families. Through the questionnaire answers, interview, puppy visits, I am assessing the families to see which puppy is most suitable. I have been watching the puppies since birth so I have a better idea of what puppy would do better in certain homes. The time of assessment is between 7 and 8 wks of age, that is when I make my decision on which puppy goes where. I tell everyone, when you come out to visit the pups you just have to love them all :)
How much are your puppies?
My Golden puppies are $1,900.00 + 13% tax, and my Berner puppies are $2500.00 + 13% tax.
Puppies are veterinary checked, receive 1st core vaccines, are wormed, microchipped and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) on a non-breeding contract. I offer a written 24 month warrantee against certain genetic health issues, 6 weeks of free pet insurance (up to $1,000.00), and a puppy training package to start you off on the right track.
I also supply you with information on how to take care of your puppy, a 5 generation pedigree, health tests of the parents, pictures, and a lifetime of support.
Are your dogs health tested?
All my dogs are checked for hips, elbows (Xrays), heart (Cardiologist) and eyes (Ophthalmologist), and breed specific DNA testing. Copies of health test results are provided.
Do you have a guarantee?
I warranty my puppies up to 24 months of age against severe hip or elbow dysplasia, and some hereditary heart and eye conditions.
Are your puppies registered?
Yes all my puppies are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club on a non-breeding agreement. They are sold with a spay/neuter contract, unless you are part of my breeding program.
What is involved in participating in your breeding program?
This program permits me to keep only the best breeding prospects, while allowing the puppy to grow up in a loving family, have one on one attention, and are already in their forever homes. The way the breeding program arrangement works is: you purchase the puppy, he/she is your dog. I pay for all breeding related expenses; you pay for any pet related expenses. You must live within 1.5 hours from Perth to participate in this program. There is financial compensation for working with me. For more information, please see this link: http://www.glenbern.com/breeding-program.htm
What is the current availability of your litters?
Please see the puppies’ page (Golden Puppies / Berner Puppies) or 'Available' page, as sometimes I have older puppies or adults available for adoption or to remain as part of my breeding program.
How does your reservation list work?
I will reserve 3 or 4 pups per sex per litter depending on the dam. If there are more than 3 or 4 pups of one sex those who are flexible about the sex will have an opportunity for those puppies. If there are more puppies available than reserved, I will contact people on my waiting list to let them know. If there are not enough puppies or not the right sex I will refund your deposit or you have the option to wait until my next litter, the choice is yours.
How many litters a year do you have / do you ever have multiple litters?
Typically, anywhere from 2 to 4 litters a year. I am a stay at home mom to my puppies so I have lots of time for raising them. Girls tend to come into heat together so sometimes I have more than one litter at a time.
I am very fortunate to have help from two wonderful women who purchased puppies from me in the past, and who have since become dear friends. They volunteer much time and energy helping me with my puppies, for which I am ever grateful.
Do you stand behind your puppies?
After a puppy is placed in its new home I like to keep in touch with the owners and hear how the puppy is progressing, pictures are always welcome and enjoyed. If there is anything you need help with I am a phone call/email away. If I don’t know the answer I have a wealth of knowledgeable people behind me that I can contact as I am always curious to find solutions to problems.
Can we visit your puppies?
I only have families that have put a deposit on a puppy come to see the puppies. I have to be very careful about puppy diseases being brought into my house, as puppies' immune systems are very weak at such a young age. If you are on my reservation list, I start to schedule puppy visits at about 5 weeks of age.
Where are you located?
I am located about an hour west of Ottawa, Canada, in the town of Perth (not Perth County).
Do you ship puppies?
At this time I don’t ship puppies.
Do you sell to the US?
At this time I do not sell puppies to the US due to the restrictions the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has placed on puppies/dogs entering the United States.
Center For Disease Control-Bringing A Dog Into The US
For more information about both breeds please visit these websites to see if this breed is suitable for you:
If you are interested in a Glenbern puppy or adult, please fill in the appropriate Questionnaire.
Glenbern Golden Retrievers
& Bernese Mountain Dogs
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