Hello, ever since I left Germany in 1994 I have been wanting to own another Bernese Mountain Dog. I grew up with Berners in Germany. My parents would choose a purebred puppy from farmers in Bern, Switzerland. Switzerland was close by and the puppies were from working stock and healthy, not over bred. Everywhere I turned here in the USA the life expectancy of Berners is 5-7 years. That is so shocking and sad for me. Then I came across an article in Germany talking about a movement in Europe to widen the gene pool of all Swiss Mountain Dogs. This would include the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Appenzeller, and the Entlebucher. So what they started doing was crossing pure bred Greater Swiss and Bernese Mountain Dogs. The puppies that were born had the characteristics of either the Greater Swiss or the Bernese. Some were born with short fur and some with longer fur lengths. But the most wonderful thing was that they lived to the age of 13 to 15 years and had NONE of the degenerative diseases or genetic problems that often come with purebreds.
After reading this article I was excited and asked myself if there aren't breeders out here in America who might have the same concerns and ideas. So I began searching the internet and I found you. I want to thank you so much for making it possible for me and others to experience the joy of owning Swiss Mountain Dogs that are healthier and still just like the pure bred parents who gave them life. With much appreciation and thanks, Toni
Murphy Gerber and Momma
Born December 30
*************Newton in Wisconsin*************
Newton takes off the fish?
Jim amd Newton sleeping it off.
Newton says Happy Hollidays
Today 2/5/2015 is Newton's First Birthday.
He weighs 100 pounds and not a mean bone in his body!
This is such a nice cross. He looks more like a Bernese but his head shape and attitude is much more the Swissy!
He still has to spend at least an hour on my lap each morning when I watch the news. He loves to play in the deep snow and never gets cold. He follows me everywhere!
I'm doing his Beginner Obedience class over again with him just to get him socialized with many dogs. Then we'll get him his Companion Dog Title and go on to PreNovice and Novice . He sure likes to work!
When he turns two I'll start him pulling a light sled!
Thanks so much for continuing this cross!
Sharon Jo Bramm
Midnight Star Farm
N4816 Sheehan Lake Lane Campbellspsort, WI 53010
Happy First Birthday Newton
Jack & Valerie Mills
Greater Swiss Sire "Cy"
In March 2014, my husband and I drove up to pick up one of your puppies.
We named him Sherman, He is AMAZING.
Sherman is funny, sweet, talkative, charming, and oh so playful.
He is 11 months old today. I wanted to send you a pic.
In case you don't remember, we got a puppy from your December batch last year. He has grown into a beautiful, loving baby! He is such a huge part of our family. The boys both adore him. Brutus sleeps with our oldest every night. He is so gentle with our new baby. Thank you for blessing our family!! Can't express how much we adore this guy!
BRUTUS, GREATER SWISS BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG
Brutus at 2 weeks
Brutus at 5 weeks old
GREATER SWISS BERNESE, BRUTUS AT ONE YEAR
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Some Greater Swiss/Bernese Puppies
Here at MountainDogPuppies.com we have a little different philosophy about Bernese and Greater Swiss mountain dog puppies. First a little history, when we first tried to squire our Bernese Mountain Dog we ran into numerous obstacles. It seemed no one wanted us to have Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. Wanting to approve us in various ways to see if we fit their cookie cutter mold to qualify. And if they should consider us, we would have to settle for neutered Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and numerous other requirements.
We decided to get one at any cost and after much searching finally located a source for Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. At first we just wanted these beautiful animals for a pet, but soon decided after careful consideration that we wanted to breed and raise these magnificent Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs so other families to enjoy without all the hassle.
We then set out to acquire a mate for our Swiss Mountain Dog and couldn't seem to stop. We now have four Bernese and a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Sire, raising a few pups each year. We had to pay a great deal for our breeding stock. They are not curr's in the back yard grinding out puppies to sell.
Our goal is to provide to good homes, a few well bred, healthy Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies, so that others may enjoy the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs as we do, and at a reasonable price without limitations as to what you can or can't do with you dog. In other words we do not limit breeding rights with full AKC and/or APRI registration.
There seems to be a faction of "Reputable Breeders" that want to scare people from getting Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs by calling all other breeders "Puppy Mills" and "Irresponsible", loaded with health problems and "their puppies" will drop dead at the age of two years, however if you notice, they always have a solution for you, "Get one from them" if you can qualify.
You can even register it? What for? You can't breed it, very few are into showing especially in the AKC ring. As to certifications, we have read up and checked out the OFA certification thing. You can get OFA certified however if you notice there are all kinds and degrees of certification, None seem to be perfect. if you dig deep enough they tell you it does not mean a puppy from certified parents will not have a problem.
Consensus, there are no perfect dogs, there are all kinds of people setting themselves up as experts to tell us what we are afraid of and what we should and should not do.
Also be aware that like humans, dogs do not live forever. There will always be some less healthy than others. Anyone who tells you that your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
will not have a health issue is not telling you the truth.
Proper nutrition is the primary issue to having a healthy Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. We feed VICTOR DOG FOOD, containing no Grains like Corn or Wheat.