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AKC Bernese Mountain Dogs

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OFA and DNA tested breeding stock to
ensure soundness and health 

bernese mountain dog puppy

Contact:

 Rebecca De La Cruz

Text (706) 461-3956 to schedule a call,

or email 

ponytrailberners@gmail.com

Bernese Mountain Dogs are relatively new to Pony Trail Farm, and serve a different purpose than the Great Pyrenees. Also a "gentle giant" guardian breed, Berners have a history of being an all-purpose farm dog which enjoys having a "job", whether it be to accompany people during chores, pull a cart, compete, or simply faithfully guard their family. That said, they could never replace Great Pyrenees as livestock/pasture guardians, as they are very much people-oriented and have a driving need to be close to their family.   

Our Bernese Mountain Dogs receive OFA evaluations to reduce the likelihood of dysplasia in offspring. They are currently health-tested with GenSol Diagnostics for Von Willebrand Disease (vWD) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM SOD1A exon 2, SOD1B exon 1). Our breeding dogs (thus future litters) are not Affected/At Risk for either.  

 

Puppies will not have dewclaws removed, as there is no proven medical reason to do so, and there are risks associated with the removal of normal dewclaws. While AKC breed standards permit removal, the presence of dewclaws is not an AKC disqualification.  See more information about the function of dewclaws here.

 

It is our goal to improve the longevity and overall health of the breed while maintaining personality and quality.  Our dogs are listed in the BernerGarde Database, which is an excellent tool to verify health certifications and see pedigrees. 

Our Bernese Mountain Dogs have standard Black/Rust/White coloring. Pups are born with individual variations of the pattern, including varying degrees of width to the blaze and possible Swiss Kiss markings on the back of the neck. Certain markings change in appearance as pups grow, with white markings getting smaller/narrower with maturity, and pink nose/lips gradually turning black. While some variations of markings are considered more ideal in the show ring, color should NEVER be the priority when selecting a puppy; rather, pups should be matched to homes based on individual personalities to ensure the best fit.  

 

 

The Bernese Mountain Dog program at Pony Trail Farm is separate from the Great Pyrenees program and dogs are owned by a different family member. Due to inherent differences in the breeds, the Puppy Purchase Agreement will also differ from that of Great Pyrenees. Pups will be available with pet license (Limited Registration) only to most applicants. Contact information is on the left side of the page, or you may contact us here. 

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Whispering Cove Sam-I-Am

Sam is the embodiment of everything one might expect in a Berner personality. He is wonderful with children, a gentleman on the leash, and good around other dogs and farm animals.  He is a dedicated watchdog, and, while willing to meet friendly strangers if introduced, will keep an eye on things to ensure the safety of his human family. He comes from show and champion bloodlines, and carries himself like a show dog. He is of average size and weight for the breed. He is too young for OFA certification, but received a preliminary "GOOD" score for hips.

 

BernerGarde Dog ID# 213185

Ever-Faithful Sasha Rae

Sasha is the ultimate "velcro dog" and people pleaser, which makes her quick to learn new commands. Sasha comes from farm & family pet bloodlines. She averages about 85 lbs. Sasha received an OFA score of "NORMAL" for Shoulders, Elbows, Cardiac, and Patellas, and "GOOD" for hips. 

 

Sasha's next litter is planned for Summer 2024

 

BernerGarde Dog ID# 212980

Ever-Faithful Sophie Mae CGC

Sophie is full sister to Sasha. She has a slightly higher energy level than the others, but with training it is easily directed to positive use. Sophie received an OFA score of "NORMAL" for Shoulders, Elbows, Cardiac, and Patellas, and "GOOD" for hips.

Sophie earned AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title in summer of 2023.

BernerGarde Dog ID# 212981

Current & Expected Litters

Below is information for current litters and confirmed pregnancies for

Bernese Mountain Dog puppies from health-tested parents, located in Northeast Georgia. Pups will be microchipped, up-to-date on vaccines & deworming, and come with health & orthopedic warranties.

Contact us at ponytrailberners@gmail.com or call/text

(706) 461-3956 to inquire about available puppies or get on our waitlist.

Puppies were born November 2, 2023 to Sophie and Sam, and will be ready for pickup December 28.

ALL PUPPIES HAVE BEEN RESERVED.

Please contact us to get on the waitlist

(next litter expected Summer 2024)

or get on "standby" if any November pups become available.

Born 11/2/23, ready 12/28/23, just after Christmas!

AKC Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies from Champion lines, born to Sophie and Sam. Breed standard Black, Rust, and White color pattern and markings. A few have unique "Swiss Kiss" markings. Parents are DNA/OFA tested and genetically matched to produce puppies that are NOT AFFECTED/AT RISK for any inherited condition.

Most will be available with Limited Registration for $2500, but a couple may be selected for Full Registration at $3000 based on individual qualities. Specific pups will be matched to buyers beginning about 4 weeks of age and in order of deposit. Pups will be microchipped and be up-to-date on vaccines, dewormings, and vet checks. They are raised in a farm environment, and socialized with people, dogs, and other animals. They are handled frequently and exposed to a variety of textures, indoor and outdoor environments, and toys. 

See our Terms of Sale below for detailed information about our health and orthopedic warranties, and contact us for more information or to check availability of pups.

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AKC Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
Terms of Sale

AKC Bernese Mountain Dog pups will generally be sold with pet license only (Limited Registration, no breeding). 

- Limited Registration price: $2500; holding fee deposit: $300

 

Select pups may occasionally be sold with AKC Full Registration.  

- Full Registration price: $3000; holding fee deposit: $500

 

Please see the general terms of sale, and refer to the SAMPLE Puppy Purchase Agreement at the bottom of the page. For more information about expected litters or to apply our waitlist, please contact us at ponytrailberners@gmail.com

 

SPECIFIC PUPPIES WILL ONLY BE HELD AFTER WE RECEIVE A HOLDING FEE DEPOSIT.  Promises of payment are not sufficient to reserve puppies of your chosen gender. If you are mailing a check, we cannot promise that your preferred puppy will still be available when check is cleared, but you will get a puppy of your chosen gender if check is received within 5 days of the agreement.  GOOD DOG or PAYPAL are the preferred methods of deposit, and we expect cash or electronic payment (no checks or money orders) for the full balance at time of pickup.  Puppies being shipped can be paid in full via Good Dog or PayPal before the ship date.  A Puppy Purchase Agreement will be returned immediately upon receipt of payment and Buyer's name, address, phone number, and email. To use Good Dog, go to https://pay.gooddog.com/bernese-mountain-dogs-of-pony-trail-farm.  For Paypal, go to https://www.paypal.com/home, and send payment to ponytrailberners@gmail.com. If you have an account, you can login; if not, just click "send money" and it will direct you to credit card payment.  PLEASE EMAIL BEFORE SENDING A DEPOSIT TO BE SURE A PUPPY IS AVAILABLE. 

 

HOLDING FEE DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE except in case of an injury or illness of your selected puppy before pickup.  If no replacements are available from the same litter, your deposit will be moved to the next available litter, or you may get a refund if there is a physical problem with the pup.   If you simply change your mind regarding a puppy purchase for any reason and notify us before the pup reaches 6 weeks of age, you may bump your deposit to the next available litter (within 1 calendar year) or forfeit the deposit.   

 

PUPS ARE ASSIGNED OR SELECTED BETWEEN 3-5 weeks of age, after they have begun to show personality traits. While we take into consideration your color preference, we reserve the right to select the best fit for your situation and purposes or advise your choice if there are more than one that may be a good fit. Pups will be assigned or selected in order of FULL REGISTRATION deposits received, followed by Limited Registration deposits. We will communicate via email when it is time to assign or select your pup. If buyer fails to respond within 24 hours, a pup will be ASSIGNED TO BUYER BY BREEDER, and we will move on to the next in line.  

 

PUPS BEGIN THE BONDING PERIOD AT 8 WEEKS OF AGE, and should be picked up as close to this date as possible. Pups picked up at 9 weeks of age or later will incur a fee of $50 per week to cover extra vaccines, deworming, food, and care. Pup must be paid in full by 9 weeks of age if pickup is delayed. Seller will NOT house train or obedience train due to the demands of a busy farm. 

 

 

PICKUP AND DELIVERY:

Ideally, the pup should be picked up in person. This allows you to meet us, see your pup's relatives, and get to know your pup while they are still in a familiar environment. We are located in ZIP 30565. If you are unable to pick up, we will release to your choice of pet transportation at 8 weeks of age, provided price of puppy is paid in full in advance.  Health certificate will be provided.  MOST AIRLINES CURRENTLY HAVE AN EMBARGO ON PET AIR CARGO, so we cannot ship via Pet Air Cargo until the embargo is lifted. For flights, we now recommend using a reputable pet courier or "flight nanny" that is able to pick up from our location. Pups On A Plane is our top choice, being local, insured, and USDA licensed.  We can also deliver by car for $200 minimum, with additional $2.00 per one-way mile after 100 miles and up to 300 miles. For ground transportation above 300 miles, please contact us for recommendations. 

 

Any pups held after purchase beyond 9 weeks of age must be paid in full and will be charged an additional $50 per week, to include extra vaccines, deworming, food & farm training.   We will not house train or crate train pups due to busy schedule of farm.

 

VETERINARY SCHEDULE & HEALTH

 

Shots & treatment needed:

2 weeks - deworm

4 weeks - deworm

6 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Hepatitis; Fecal exam, Deworm

9 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Hepatitis,  Fecal or Deworm; start Heartworm prevention and flea control

12 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus,  Leptospirosis, and Hepatitis; Kennel Cough Vaccine, Rabies, Optional Influenza & Lyme vaccines, Deworm

15 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Hepatitis, Optional Influenza & Lyme vaccines, Deworm

 

  • Spays & Neuters on giant breed dogs should be delayed until 18 months of age for proper bone growth.  Females will generally come in heat at 10-12 months. Care should be taken to note vulva size, as early spay can also lead to recessed vulva and its associated problems

  • Pups have been fed Purina Puppy Chow for large breeds. Feed young pups 3 times daily until 4 months, then twice daily.  DO NOT OVERFEED as excess can lead to orthopedic problems. 

  • Under no circumstances will we pay veterinary expenses after the pup leaves our farm.  If your pup is found to be ill within the warranty period for a covered condition, pup should be returned for refund (within 3 days) or exchange.  If you choose to keep puppy with problem, you assume all financial responsibility and negate health guarantee for that condition.

  • HEALTH & ORTHOPEDIC WARRANTIES ARE AS FOLLOWS (conditions apply) 

    • 3 day money-back health guarantee, in which purchase price including deposit (not transport) will be refunded if pre-existing infectious or congenital conditions is diagnosed and pup is returned within 3 business days from delivery.  Buyer may also choose to exchange for another pup, if available.

    • First Available Replacement Puppy will be provided for genetic or congenital defect that inhibits normal function diagnosed within 1 year, and hip dysplasia diagnosed by 2 years of age (through OFA or PennHip evaluation) with return of pet or death due to genetic condition (with veterinary statement).

    • We do NOT guarantee show conformation, performance or ability. 

    • Puppies will not have dewclaws removed, as there is no proven medical reason to do so, and there are risks associated with the removal of normal dewclaws. While AKC breed standards permit removal, the presence of dewclaws is not an AKC disqualification. 

  • Assuming purchase at 8 weeks of age, an OFA or equivalent exam should be done at 2 years of age if warranty conditions are desired. OFA guarantee expires at that time. Preliminary readings are acceptable. EARLY SPAY OR NEUTER BEFORE 18 MONTHS OF AGE WILL VOID WARRANTY OF ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS.   EXCESSIVE CRATING (more than three hours during daytime hours) WILL ALSO VOID THE ORTHOPEDIC WARRANTY DUE TO ADVERSE EFFECT ON LONG BONE DEVELOPMENT.

  • Medical reasons for return must have veterinarian's statement. Parasite control and nutritional needs require ongoing care, and warranty does not cover preventable diseases after 3 days. Pups will be dewormed frequently before leaving, and fecals done, but they do originate from a farm with many species of domestic and wild animals. A parasite-free pup is desired but not guaranteed due to exposure of farm environment.  Pups are not fully protected from infectious disease until vaccine series is complete, so care should be taken not to expose pups in public places (dog parks, public walkways, beaches, groomers, vet offices, etc), and vaccines should be done in a timely manner.

  • A NOTE ABOUT "RUNTS"! Many people are afraid to choose the smaller puppies of the litter, thinking that the young puppy size reflects mature weight. That is generally not true - unless there is some sort of birth defect causing poor growth which would be found on veterinary physical exam. It is important to understand "gestational age". The females are in heat for about 3 weeks, and are fertile during the middle part of the cycle. They continue to ovulate all during the fertile part of the cycle, about ten days. If bred more than once during the fertile time, puppies are conceived at different times and there may be as much as 10 days difference in actual age of the pups at time delivery. Sperm can also live in the reproductive tract for up to five days, so can fertilize eggs even if no further breedings occur. The most important thing to note is that the puppies are all growing at the same RATE, i.e. Puppy #10 should weigh the same thing at week 3 that Puppy #2 weighed at 2 weeks of age, and the growth curve continually goes up at a steady rate. We have never yet seen our smallest birthweight puppies fail to achieve expected adult size.

  • If sold with breeding/show rights, buyer agrees to responsible breeding practices, including waiting until 2 years of age with hip evaluation; exceptional nutrition, staying current on disease prevention and veterinary care, and doing health screens to maintain a healthy genetic base. No guarantee is given that the pup will mature with the characteristic or qualities needed for this endeavor. Buyer of show prospect is aware that we do not remove dewclaws. 

  • If you need to place the animal for any reason after the warranty period, we will take it back with no refund or replacement, and place in a new home. If you place the dog yourself, please inform us of the transaction.

  • Our warranty includes exchange for equivalent value puppy when available, or reimbursement of purchase price within 3 days of pickup only with return of dog or vet statement of death during the warranty period, and only for covered conditions. Return transportation costs are paid by buyer.

  • This warranty does not cover any veterinary expenses after puppy leaves our premises. A veterinary exam is recommended within the first 3 days after purchase to confirm health.

  • Transportation costs will be paid by the Buyer. Costs will be agreed upon between Buyer and Seller prior to delivery, if seller delivers. Any return transportation arrangements for refund in warranty period, or return after warranty period must be made by buyer.

Puppy Purchase & Sales Agreement Sample (Limited Registration version):

Below is a SAMPLE Puppy Purchase Agreement reflecting price/deposit for pet license (Limited Registration) AKC Bernese Mountain Dog pups. These photos are for reference only, as sire/dam, pricing and some terms will vary depending upon litter and registration type.  Each photo may be selected, opened in a new tab, and enlarged if necessary.

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Color & Markings - How they develop with growth

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2 weeks old         ~9 weeks

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~8 weeks                       Adult

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2 weeks old         ~6 weeks

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    ~9 weeks                   Adult

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2 weeks old         ~12 weeks

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~9 weeks                     Adult

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2 days old           ~7 weeks

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2 weeks old         ~7 weeks

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