We are a small hobby breeder of Bernese Mountain Dogs located in Narvon, Pennsylvania. At Blackberry Farms our breeding program strives to produce Bernese that are beautiful while still preserving the intelligence, good temperament, and working ability of this lovely breed.
First drawn to the Bernese by their beauty and majesty, we quickly grew to love the breed. Bernese have wonderful loving and loyal personalities. They are always willing and eager to please their owners. We feel the key to promoting and maintaining this temperament comes from careful breeding and early socialization and development.
My love affair with the Bernese Mountain Dog began the very first time I laid eyes on a Berner puppy. In 1996, I saw an ad in the newspaper advertising a litter of Bernese. It only took one visit and I fell in love with the breed.
I spent the next four years researching and planning for the future. Finally in 2000, my Sheltie, Lilly, had a litter of three puppies and I sold them to purchase my first little girl, Gretchen. She was all that we could have hoped for.... sweet, loving, and intelligent.
Shortly after Gretchen, we expanded the family to include Scottie, a beautiful import from Czechoslovakia. In 2002, Gretchen and Scottie became the parents of the first litter of Blackberry Farms Bernese.
All of our adults are AKC registered, and most of our adults are OFA certified. and micro-chipped (or tattooed). Our breeding efforts, while limited, focus on improving the Bernese breed and working toward the AKC standard by paying close attention to health, structure, soundness, type, and temperament. We strive to produce beautiful, loyal companions that live long, healthy lives and still maintain their working abilities.
Our Berners are family dogs that get a lot of individual love and attention. They share our home and play with our three children, friends, and family. Each Blackberry Farm puppy begins life in the puppy room of my home and stays there until 8 weeks of age. They are handled and socialized daily. They also have their dew claws removed within 48 hours of birth and are up to date on shots and worming before they leave with their new families.