Glenbern Golden Retrievers

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read this page as it answers most commonly asked questions. I am very happy to speak with people by phone if interested in my puppies, but due to time constraints, I've decided to limit calls to those who have filled out my puppy questionnaire and have read the links. 
 
Breeding goals: My goal is to produce happy healthy puppies that have great temperaments and get a good start at life. All of my breeding dogs are health tested prior to breeding for hips, elbows, heart (by cardiologist) eyes (by opthmologist) and DNA testing specific for the breed. What to look for in a good Breeder.
 
Do you require a fenced yard?  I do require a securely fenced yard with a gate or a securely fenced area with a gate and both requiring  access via a door off the house. The fence does not have to be expensive, but it has to be secure. I don’t consider invisible/electric fencing secure. I will not consider applications if you do not have a securely fenced yard. There are no exceptions. This is for the safety of the puppy. As I believe this breed needs a yard I will not place puppies into high rise apartments/condos. 

Do you ship puppies? I do not ship my puppies. 

Are your dogs health tested?  All my dogs are checked for hips, elbows (OFA - Xrays), heart (Cardiologist) and eyes (Ophthalmologist), and breed specific DNA testing. Copies of parents health test results are provided. 

Do you have a guarantee?
I warranty my puppies up to 24 months of age against some hip and elbow dysplasia conditions, and some hereditary heart and eye conditions. 

Are your puppies registered?  Yes, all my puppies are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club on a non-breeding agreement. They are sold with a spay/neuter contract, unless you are part of my breeding program. 

What is involved in participating in your breeding program?  Briefly, you purchase the puppy, he/she is your dog. I pay for all breeding related expenses; you pay for any pet related expenses. You must live within one hour from Perth to participate in this program. There is financial compensation for working with me.  For more information, please see this link: Breeding Program.

How are your puppies raised?  My puppies are raised in my home. I am fortunate enough to be able to stay at home, so my time is devoted to them and their needs. 
Please see How I Raise My Puppies page.
YouTube link to a video from a previous litter of my puppies:  Golden Retriever Puppies 

How much are your puppies?  My puppies are $3,000.00 + 13% tax.  Puppies are veterinary checked, receive 1st vaccine, are dewormed, microchipped and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) on a non-breeding contract. They come with 1 month of free pet insurance, information on how to take care of your puppy, a 5 generation pedigree, health tests and photos of the parents, and a lifetime of support. 

Do I get to pick my puppy?  I pick the puppies for the families. Through the questionnaire answers, interview, and puppy visits, I am assessing the families to see which puppy is most suitable. The time of assessment is between 7 and 8 wks of age. That is when I make my decision on which puppy goes where. If there are a couple of puppies that stand out to you I will take that into consideration when choosing. I tell everyone when you come out to visit the pups you just have to love them all.   

The adoption process?  Please fill in the appropriate questionnaire below and provide me with information about yourself/family and lifestyle. This information will allow me to get a better idea of what type of puppy you are interested in. If I think one of my puppies would be suitable, I will contact you via email to set up a phone chat or have you come for a visit. If we both decide to go ahead with the adoption, I require a $400.00 non refundable deposit to be put on my reservation list. If I can not provide you with a puppy, (if there are not enough puppies or not the right sex), I will gladly refund your deposit or you can choose to wait for my next litter. I reserve the right to offer full refund on any funds exchanged if I decide placement of a puppy within a specific family situation is not in the best interest of the puppy or family. All deposits are fully refundable in this situation.  More information about the Adoption Process

Questions for you.

Is this the right time for you to get a puppy?
Puppies' first 16 weeks of life require a lot of attention. They go through different stages of development and need lots of exposure to the world to develop into great dogs.

From the time of breeding/mating till the puppy is ready to go to its new home is about 4 months total. Pregnancy lasts about 9 weeks, then puppies are raised in my home for another 8/9 wks. before going off to their new homes. For the following 2 months after they leave my place, puppies will need to be vaccinated, dewormed, trained, socialized etc. 

Do you have the time? The first year with a puppy is very time consuming. Can you take a puppy home when required?  Can you take holidays to look after the puppy, are you planning a vacation in that time frame or a big event that would not be good for a small puppy? Puppies cannot be boarded at a kennel facility or be around other dogs until they are fully vaccinated at around 16 weeks of age. Please ensure you have adequate time to spend with puppy, or consider waiting for another litter whose timing suits you better.

If you are interested in a Glenbern puppy or adult, please fill in the appropriate Questionnaire.

Pet Questionnaire

Breeding Questionnaire

*I am no longer breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs, so please do not fill out an application requesting information about Berners.