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We are honored to have these wonderful Bernese Mountain Dogs as our friends and as part of our extended family. All of our Berners come from champion blood lines, are champions, or are champion sired. Our adults are hip checked with good to excellent prelims and OFA certification at 2-years.

Origins of the Breed
The name Bernese Mountain Dog is a translation of the German "Berner Sennenhund," which means Bernese Alpine Herdsman's Dog. The breed's original name was Durrbachler, after an inn where these farm dogs were bought and sold. The modern breed was developed from dogs found in the countryside around Bern, Switzerland. The original Berner Sennenhund was an all-around farm dog, used to guard the farm, drive the cows to and from their mountain pastures, and pull carts loaded with milk cans to the dairy. Today's Berners retain some of these instincts. The breed was rescued from near extinction by Professor Albert Heim around the turn of the century, and has developed slowly since then. In 1948 there was a significant outcrossing to a Newfoundland, which resulted in improving the temperament and increased the size.

Berners are known to have first come to America in 1926, and possibly even earlier, but the breed was not recognized by the AKC even after intervention by the Swiss Kennel Club. A decade later, two more were imported from Switzerland and these dogs became the first of the breed to be registered with the AKC.

The Bernese is a breed which needs human companionship, and should be made a part of the family. They are a gentle breed, very affectionate and extremely faithful. They make excellent children's companions and can get along very well with other pets. They make good watch dogs, but are not much of a guard dog. A Bernese can be quite reserved around people they don't know, but once they have accepted someone as a friend, they will remember them all their lives.

Prices listed for Bernese Mountain Dog pups are for limited AKC registration. For full AKC registration add $500. Not all pups are show/breed quality and will be sold as pets only.  Deposits are non refundable, please refer to Northstar's Kennel contract.

Please read information for rules on adopting a puppy at the bottom of this page


Puppies remain at Northstar's Kennel until they are 8-weeks of age. They are given their 1st vaccination, de-wormer, plenty of human contact, and between six to eight weeks of age they learn puppy socialization with their siblings, which is a very important step in their development. Puppies adopted must be picked up at 8-weeks of age, there is a kenneling fee of $10 per day until picked up. If prior arrangements are made at least two weeks in advance for a later pick-up then the $10 fee is waived. The balance still needs to be paid by  eight weeks, period. 
Adoption payments: Non-refudable Deposit can be made by check if it is before 10-days of picking up your puppy, The final balance is due when the puppy is 8-weeks old, and at the time of picking up your puppy. If shipping is needed, then the final balance is due when the puppy is 7-weeks old along with the shipping costs. The final balance due is by cash, postal money order, or paypal (plus 3% fee for using paypal services) only. No checks will be accepted at time of pick-up. Please note that Deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. If balance is not received on time the puppy becomes available, the adopter forfeits his hold/puppy pick, and there will not be any return of deposits/funds.
The puppies are ready for their one-on-one with their new families when they are eight weeks, please be prepared to take your puppy home at that time.

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Breeders of Bernese mountain dogs.

Please complete this form and send it with your non-refundable deposit of $300 or use the pay pal pay button. Please include the 3% fee that pay pal charges.


This form allows me to get to know your family and allows me to help you pick the best puppy that fits your lifestyle. Please answer the questions that are important to the breed you want.



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Why did you choose this breed?

Do you have children? What ages?

Do you have a fenced yard to keep the dog or a park near by?

What sex do you want?

Will you need the puppy shipped?

To which airport?

How many hours a day will you spend with the puppy?

Will you take your puppy to the vet at least once a year for a check up and keep it up-to-date on all vaccinations?

Please tell me about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog?
Who do you want the puppy to most resemble?

Does anyone in your family have allergies?

When do you want a puppy (date)?

Are you planning to use the dog for breeding?

Will you have your puppy spayed/neutered?

Do you have any other questions or comments?


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Please be sure to read Northstar's Kennel contract page on important guarantee's and information before adopting a Northstar puppy.

Shipping is an additional cost and is the responsibility of the new owner. Also the cost for picking up your puppy in person is the new owners responibility (Gas, travel, etc.).


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