BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB OF NASHOBA VALLEY
(BMDCNV) BREEDER REFERRAL PROGRAM (BRP)
The BMDCNV makes no warranties or representations as to any of the breeders
listed herein, and makes no guarantees as to the breeding practices, pedigree,
and/or health of any particular animals or litters. Any warranty or guarantee
of any kind as to any matter is the responsibility of the individual breeder.
However, the breeders in this program have signed statements that at the time
of application they have met and will continue to adhere to the qualifications
outlined below, and therefore qualify for participation in the BMDCNV BRP.
Bernese Mountain Dog breeders in this program have also agreed to abide by the BMDCNV Code of Ethics.
These breeders are eligible to be listed on the BMDCNV Breeder List.
If you have any concerns regarding any member of the BMDCNV breeder
list please the
Secretary of the BMDCNV.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY IN THE BMDCNV BREEDER REFERRAL PROGRAM
1. BMDCNV members participating in the BRP may be the owners of a sire or
dam. Both the sire and the dam of any litter produced must be entered into the Berner-Garde database.
2. BMDCNV members participating in the BRP must be a member in good standing
of the BMDCNV, Inc. for at least the last two consecutive years and have
no unresolved grievances with the BMDCNV, Bernese Mountain Dog Club of
America (BMDCA) or American Kennel Club (AKC).
3. BRP members will attend at least one BMDCNV club function per year.
4. Subscription to the BMDCNV BRP takes place annually, during the months
of January and February. Enrollment in the BRP is for one calendar year and
requires an annual nonrefundable fee of $25.00 payable between January 1
and February 1. Those joining the program after February 1st must still pay
the full nonrefundable $25.00 fee for the remaining calendar year.
5. BRP members must own a Bernese Mountain Dog who in the last five years,
has earned one or more of the following: a) an AKC title, b) two championship
points from an AKC licensed dog show, c) a BMDCA title; or have judged an
AKC or BMDCA conformation event. A copy of the AKC/BMDCA title or proof of
AKC championship points earned must be on file with the BMDCNV for eligibility.
A copy of the judging assignment must be included for those members qualifying
with judging experience.
6. BRP members will provide to parties involved, copies of the following
documents relating to both parents of a prospective litter, or to a dog to
be used for breeding, before there is any exchange of money and/or services,
including a deposit:
A. A four generation pedigree
B. Copies of reports of hip and elbow evaluations from a recognized registry
C. Copies of eye reports from a board certified canine ophthalmologist
D. A written contract for all transactions including puppy sales and breeding
agreements that identifies the expectations of each particular agreement.
7. BRP members will explain and identify to a prospective owner his/her reasons
for a price difference in the purchase price of an individual puppy including,
but not limited to, the difference between a show prospect and a pet quality
puppy. Breeders will not attempt to sell a puppy for show quality price to
a prospective buyer who is seeking a puppy for companion purposes only.
8. BRP members will provide a written agreement/contract to the prospective
buyer/owner that includes the potential quality and price of a puppy BEFORE
any money exchanges hands or the puppy is offered for sale to that particular
9. BRP members will not breed female Bernese Mountain Dogs under the age
of 18 months. It is recommended that members not use a male Bernese Mountain
Dog for breeding that is under 18 months of age. BRP members acknowledge
that ideally Bernese Mountain Dogs should not be used for breeding under
the age of two years and after they have received normal hip, elbow and eye
10. BMDCNV members participating in the BRP will not allow a bitch they own,
co-own or lease to have more than two litters in any 18-month period and
will preferably skip a heat cycle between litters.
11. BRP members will produce litters of Bernese Mountain Dog puppies that
are eligible for registration with the AKC.
12. BRP members will not purchase, breed, sell or conduct any transaction
with puppies/dogs from USDA licensed breeders or brokers (IE: puppy mills)
except in cases of rescue whereupon the dog will be spayed or neutered.
13. BRP members will not place puppies until the age of seven weeks or in
accordance with state law.
14. BRP members shall make themselves available to the purchaser after the
sale has been consummated, to help with education counseling, grooming and
other care questions as well as solving behavioral problems.
15. BMDCNV members participating in the BRP agree to take back or assist
in rehoming any dog he/she has bred or owned in the event that the current
owner is unable or unwilling to keep the dog, regardless of age or health.
This will be clearly stated in all contracts used by the breeder. BRP members
will claim responsibility for dogs of their breeding from any rescue organization,
with which the dog may be involved, so that an animal of their breeding does
not become a public burden. If the breeder is still actively breeding, they
are required to take back the dog or make arrangements for the placement
of the dog to remain in the Breeder Referral Program.
16. The BMDCNV secretary will accept initial membership in the BMDCNV BRP
on an individual basis. The BRP membership will be reviewed annually. The
BRP Committee will review the criteria for membership on an annual basis
and make recommendations to the BMDCNV Board of Directors.
17. BMDCNV BRP members should be willing to provide guidance to prospective
breeders by assisting them in their efforts to achieve the minimum qualifications
of this program. Ideally participants will act as mentors, guide prospective
breeders to educational opportunities and share information which fosters
conscientious breeding of Bernese Mountain Dogs.
18. Possible violations to the terms of the BMDCNV BRP shall be submitted
in writing with supporting documentation to the BMDCNV Secretary. The Board
of Directors will then implement disciplinary procedures. The complainant
need not be a member of the BMDCNV.
Finding the right breeder is the MOST important
decision you will make in your impending relationship with a Bernese Mountain
Dog. This is a decision that will be with you for the LIFE of the dog. Do your
RESEARCH and you stand the best chance of sharing a fulfilling life with a
Bernese Mountain Dog.