Epona Farm
We have had Bernese Mountain Dogs (Berners) since 1990 and support the Bernese Mountain Dog Club
of America and local clubs. Our litters are raised in the home as part of the family. We look to place our
puppies with people who are looking for a family companion, where they are part of the family and daily
activities. A Berner is most happy when they are with their human(s).

"Berner Sennenhund" means Bernese Alpine Herdsman's Dog in German, translating to English as the
Bernese Mountain Dog. Developed from dogs found in the countryside around Bern, Switzerland, the
early Berners were farm dogs, guarding the farm, driving cows to and from their mountain pastures, and
pulling carts loaded with milk cans to the dairy.

Berners are not for everyone. Large, assertive animals with long flowing coats that shed continually won't
fit in with many lifestyles. Like other large breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs are not long-lived, with many
not surviving their eighth year, mainly due to cancer and auto-immune diseases. The Swiss have a
saying: "Three years a young dog, three years a good dog, three years an old dog. All else is a gift from
God."

If you are thinking of making a Berner part of your family, please consider the following as part of your
research:

Berners want to be where you are: in your home, in your car, in your face. This is not a breed that thrives
left to its own in a backyard.

Berners have their share of health problems, some requiring a significant investment at your vets.

Berners are innately reserved and need a lot of socialization as pups to help them grow into well-adapted
adults. Socializing takes time. Pups should be introduced to new people and new situations on a daily
basis.

If you are looking for a jogging partner, consider another breed. While many Berners can and do enjoy a
daily outing, for the most part they do not enjoy long runs in warm weather.

Berners shed a lot. If having animal fur in the house bothers you, don't buy a Berner.

They are big dogs. A large male can be 27 to 28" tall and weigh 120 pounds or more. A Berner's tail is a
barometer for his happy nature and can spell disaster for your treasures set on low tables
.