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Kythe Kennels' Breeding Practices
Our Breeding Practices
Our Bernese Mountain Dogs are bred for
temperament, soundness, longevity and type.
We breed to improve the breed. In doing so,
it is our goal to produce puppies of superior
quality and type. No
Berner in our breeding program will be used
unless we believe that particular Berner and
puppies can make a contribution to someone's
the goal in mind that the breeding is for
of improving the Bernese Mountain
Dog breed and specifically our puppies and our dogs.
Maintaining Health in Our Berners
Berners should be bred only when in good health.
Our Berners are maintained at the highest health
standing using what we believe to be cutting edge
standards. We maintain current vaccinations on all
of our dogs. We take our dogs to be vetted at any time
that they appear to be ill or have a problem which we
cannot understand or correct. Our dogs do not have fleas,
ticks, or ear mites as we maintain the highest standards
in keeping those pests off of our dogs without using harsh
vaccinations and medications to do so. However, we do
believe that medications are meant to help our animals, and
we will use them if necessary.
The Type of Dogs We Breed
If a dog is unreliable with a family or with children,
we believe that dog makes an adequate pet for the right
home, but we do not believe that Berner should be bred.
We understand that Berners were bred to be aloof with
stangers, and we accept that quality as part of the breed
although we do breed for Berners who readily accept
strangers when we tell them it is okay. If you are
wondering if our dogs are good with kids,
see Geo with Nathan.
have strict guidelines for dogs which we use in our
breeding program. They must be healthy, they must show
no signs of ill health, and we strive to breed to only
dogs who have good longevity of ancestors and do not have
parents or grandparents who have died of
histiocytosis (a genetic cancer in the breed). We do not
breed dogs with hip dysplasia, and we require that all our
breeding dogs are elbows clearances or only slight imperfections
in their elbows but never a dog who limps or appears in pain.
Four of our breeding females are OFA
and/or GDC Excellent with sound elbows.
The other one is GDC Good.
We believe that a Berner who is healthy in mind and
body, and who has a good home and is loved, will be the
best animal companion a person can have. Some people ask, "Do Berners really smile?" If you are
one of those that wonder,
see Imp Smile!
Because we feel that there are increasing numbers of
Berners with eye problems Progressive Retinal Atrophy,
("PRA") and cataracts, we screen all of our breeding
dogs for genetic eye diseases and get them certified
Longevity is another issue we work hard to get
and maintain. Two of our foundation dams are either
nearing eight or are over eight and still healthy and
alive. See Lucy...
Geo has an ancestor who lived to be 14, and others who
lived to be 12. Our hope is to improve the longevity
of our Berners so that we can benefit the breed.
Breeding and Care of Puppies
It is our policy to breed only females that do not
require ceserean sections. If a female requires a
section, we spay her after her section unless we
know it is not a genetic problem. Although we believe
that each breeder should determine what they expect of
their breeding females and we do not denigrate them for
their choices, we believe it is wrong to ask a female
to be cut open, without her consent, to bear puppies for
our pleasure or benefit. Because others do not, however,
we do not wish to criticize their practices as some do
believe it is easier on the mother to have a c section
rather than to deliver puppies naturally.
Care of Puppies
Puppy care is an important issue to us. If we are
to send sound, healthy puppies to our buyers, we must
not only produce sound, healthy puppies, but we must
keep them that way as they grow. We attempt to do
most of our breeding in the spring and summer so that
puppies can spend adequate time outside. Being outdoors
exposes puppies to sights, sounds and smells that they
will not experience in a house.
We also do puppy exercises with our puppies so that they
are exposed to stress at a younger age. This helps them
to have more solid temperaments and be more steady in
stressful situations. Although no puppy can stand up
under a great deal of stress, these tests are believed
to be highly helpful for our dogs as adults. In addition,
as an example, my three year old son and I spent a
pproximately 2-3 hours each
day outside playing and working with our last litter
of puppies. This pays off in great dividends for the
people to buy a puppy from us as the puppies are
absolutely crazy about people and want to be with them.
It is our goal to raise the most sound puppies in
body, mind and spirit. We do not wish to do this to
best anyone else, but we love the Berner breed so much
that we aspire to reach these high standards. The
benefit to our puppy buyers is obvious. See Our Puppy Owners!
Read Kythe's Philosophy
Meet Kythe's Berner Family
Learn About Kythe's Breeding Practices
Kythe's Main Page
See Pictures of Kythe's Newest Puppies
See Kythe Dogs' Most Recent Wins
Kythe's Berners' in Their New Homes
Meet Kythe's Founding Fathers and Mothers
See Our Dogs Working
Kythe Puppies: How Much Are They Socialized?
Feeding Kythe Dogs
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