Hello from Stephen, Jeanette and daughter Emily Green, we live 10 miles north of Sheffield in South Yorkshire in England.
We have loved and lived with Bernese Mountain Dogs since 1983, they have taken over our lives, and we would not have it any other way. All of our dogs live with us in our house and we always ensure our dogs have happy, healthy, fulfilled lives with many experiences and lots of home comforts.
First and foremost, our dogs are beloved pets, but we have also had some success at shows both in the UK and overseas although this has never been our main priority, more of a bonus enjoyable activity. Over the years we have taken part in lots of activities with our Bernese including agility, obedience, PAT dog work, heel work to music, and carting.
We are Kennel Club Assured Breeders but feel our standards far exceed the requirements of the scheme. Our key considerations when breeding are always to try to balance health, temperament, longevity and type. Health is a major consideration for us as Steve is Kennel Club Breed Health CoOrdinator for the breed and has been in the equivalent position since the early nineties.
While breeding decisions have to be balanced and take into account many factors, we feel that there are many issues in breed health that should ALL be included in considerations. We believe that responsible breeding involves completing all relevant testing in order to make informed and educated decisions. There are no ‘absolutely perfect’ dogs and some compromises always have to be accepted but there are some lines that we feel should not be crossed. This does not make for perfection in puppies and no one can give any guarantees but we hope to reduce the likelihood of serious problems. The breed does have its problems and these can only be addressed and improved by responsible breeders. If breeders do not acknowledge and engage with the problems we will never improve the breed.
We have always been keen to develop our knowledge from as many sources as possible both in the UK and overseas, both formal and informal and have visited many Bernese shows, educational events and successful kennels to learn from their owners. We will never stop learning about our fantastic breed and try to put our knowledge into every litter.
Visitors either already owning, or just interested in, the breed are always welcome to come and meet our dogs and us. We are always happy to talk Bernese and Bernese Health and willing to offer help, advice and support to genuinely interested people.