Any people finally decide that a Bernese Mountain Dog is the correct breed for them after reading a general description and learning about the characteristics expected for the breed. Many Bernese ARE indeed typical of the breed BUT do be aware that some Bernese possess very few of the desirable attributes most associated with the breed.
There can be HUGE variations within any breed of dog and Bernese Mountain Dogs are no exception. Physical differences are fairly obvious, even to the untrained eye; some Bernese are heavy set and stocky whilst others can be lighter in build and more `racy`. The most important variations to take into account are those of temperament. Some families (bloodlines) of Bernese are much more active and highly strung than is generally desired, and some are also more independent and consequently less biddable and difficult to manage.
The cost of buying a Bernese may vary somewhat and the cost is not directly linked to quality.
Most breeders sell all the puppies in their litter for the same price regardless of whether they are male or female or wanted as a pet or show/breeding dog. Sometimes a breeder may have a puppy that has a major fault or physical defect which is usually reflected in a reduced price. Do not assume a higher priced puppy is of higher quality - some puppy farmers and commercial dealers charge VERY high prices for VERY poor quality Bernese. Be sure you know exactly what you are buying.
Before speaking to breeders or arranging to visit their home to view their dogs it is wise to spend a few minutes writing down a list of preferred attributes, in order of merit, of the factors which you regard as important in your new Bernese. Many conversations evolve away from a specific topic and may puppy purchasers get diverted from asking questions which they had planned to ask!
You might wish to consider the following points. Would you prefer a puppy reared within a home environment opposed to a kennel or outbuilding? Is your priority to buy from a knowledgeable, experienced, specialist breeder? Does it matter to you if your puppy is bred by an opportunist "cash-crop" breeder or commercial dealer/puppy farmer? What kind of temperament and activity level would you require your Bernese to have?Is it important for the sire and dam to have good Hip Dysplasia (HD) Scores or Elbow Dysplasia (ED) Grades and do you know how to interpret those Scores and Grades?
Are health issues associated with Bernese important to you when making your purchase? What is/was the health status of the close relatives of any puppy you may be interested in? Does the lifespan (age at death) of close relatives of a litter concern you? Will the puppy be Kennel Club Registered and if not why not? Have you confirmed, to your own satisfaction, that all the information the breeder/seller has given you is correct? And of course there are many more questions you might consider as being relevant to making a wise and informed decision. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org