6 Great Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders in Florida

by Stuart | Last Updated:   January 9, 2022

Looking for a Bernese Mountain Dog Breeder in Florida, perhaps a puppy or full-grown adult dog?

The good news is you’ve got some choices!

There are a bunch of Bernese Mountain Dog breeders located in Florida, and nearby. So we’ve done a bit of research and digging around the internet to find some reputable and accessible Bernese Mountain Dog breeders to make your search a little easier.

Not all these breeders have available dogs or puppies, but many who don’t are accepting applications and offer waiting lists.

We’ve also included some online breeders to worth checking out in case you can’t find what you’re looking for from the list below, or live too far away.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders – Florida Listing

Breeder NameLocationPhoneWebsite
Fortune Meadows Lakeland, FL 901-463-0267 https://fortunemeadows.net/
Shadow KennelsBrandon, FL973-951-8896https://marketplace.akc.org/
DBDR Berners and SaintsLecanto, FL352-445-9374https://dbdrpuppy.com/
Gashko BernesOrlando, FL407-383-4797Facebook Group
My Pretty Bichons and BernersPunta Gorda, FL941-626-2625https://www.myprettybichons.com/
Black Creek BernersFleming Island, FL904-710-4280https://marketplace.akc.org/

Fortune Meadows

Address – Lakeland, FL

Phone – 901-463-0267

Contact – jwpuppies@yahoo.com

Website – https://fortunemeadows.net/

Shadow Kennels

Address – Brandon, FL

Phone – 973-951-8896

Contact – Form on site

Website – https://marketplace.akc.org/

DBDR Berners and Saints

Address – Lecanto, FL

Phone – 352-445-9374

Contact – Form on site

Website – https://dbdrpuppy.com/

Gashko Bernes

Address – Orlando, FL

Phone – 407-383-4797

Contact – Form on site

Website – AKC Page, Facebook Page

My Pretty Bichons and Berners

Address – Punta Gorda, FL

Phone – 941-626-2625

Contact – nightmd7@yahoo.com

Website – https://www.myprettybichons.com/

Black Creek Berners

Address – Fleming Island, FL

Phone – 904-710-4280

Contact – Form on site

Website – https://marketplace.akc.org/

Additional Resources

If you’rer a first Bernese Mountain Dog owner, or a pet parent who’s never lived without one, we suggest connecting online with other Bernese Mountain Dog pet parents.

Bernese Mountain Dog owners are a different kind of breed. If you don’t have one, you don’t get it…

If you’re looking to connect with other parents who are just as obsessed with Bernese Mountain Dogs as you, then check out these two online groups:

Bernese Mountain Dogs Subreddit – The Berner Bump

Bernese Friends Worldwide Facebook Group

Online Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders

We did a bunch of research to find these 6 Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders in Florida, but we also recognize a lot of the readers here still won’t have access to them, or at least very limited opportunities to access them.

When you take your search online, you’ll be able to open the door to far more options. However, you also run the risk of finding “not so great” breeders, so make sure to do your due diligence (we cover that in the next section, so keep reading!).

Online Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders that are worth checking out:

https://www.gooddog.com/bernese-mountain-dog/fl: “Good Dog helps you find Bernese Mountain Dog puppies for sale near Florida. Through Good Dog’s community of trusted Bernese Mountain Dog breeders in Florida, meet the Bernese Mountain Dog puppy meant for you and start the application process today.”

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America: “The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (“BMDCA”) On-Line Breeder Referral Program is an opt-in member privilege created to assist potential puppy owners with making contact with BMDCA members who breed.”

Puppy Spot – Berners: “The PuppySpot brand, with puppies at the center, is rooted in the belief that dogs should be celebrated, and owners deserve to experience trust, confidence and transparency when searching for their new companions.”

How to Identify Responsible Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders

A responsible Bernese Mountain Dog breeder will be able to provide you with copies of the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club registration certificates before exchanging any money. This way, you have verified information about the potential puppy’s parents, so you can make sure the parents are registered with the AKC as “potential breeders” and are, in fact, purebred.

There are also a few “best practices” to follow when searching for responsible Bernese Mountain Dog breeders.

The Lone Star LSBMDR logo Bernese Mountain Dog Club and Rescue cautions that Bernese Mountain Dogs are being increasingly exploited. It is recommended that the public be discouraged from purchasing dogs from the following sources:

  1. Puppy Farmers: A person who breeds dogs for profit, as commercial livestock, without effort applied to improving the breed.
  2. Puppy Mills: Commercial dog breeding operations, which may or may not keep dogs in humane conditions, but who are focused on producing as many dogs as possible, at as high a profit margin as possible, without concerted effort toward turning out a quality product.
  3. Dog Broker: A person who acts as a middleman in the transaction of dog to buyer. He may buy the dog and resell it at a profit or may receive a commission.
  4. Dog Auction: Run exactly like livestock auctions, where high bidder takes the animal home.

Tips to Help You Be Prepared for Bernese Mountain Dogs

One of our top tips for those considering adding a Bernese Mountain dog into their family is to consider the climate and environment you are bringing them into. Bernese Mountain dogs have a lot of long fur, making hot climates like Florida more difficult to be comfortable, especially since they require a lot of exercises.

Bernese Mountain Dogs also thrive in larger spaces and won’t be as comfortable in smaller living areas, such as apartments.

That’s when people find out about the The “mini” Bernese Mountain dog!

Additionally, be prepared that Bernese Mountain dogs typically have a shorter lifespan. There are also a few health conditions to be aware of with this breed, including:

  • hip dysplasia
  • elbow dysplasia
  • progressive retinal atrophy
  • von Willebrand’s disease (a blood-clotting disorder)
  • histiocytosis (the most common cancer for this breed)
  • gastric torsion

And lastly, Bernese Mountain dogs are heavy shedders! After the winter season is over,your Berner will begin to shed their thick winter coat. If you or someone that frequents your home is sensitive or allergic to dog hair, then there will likely be an issue.

But once you welcome a new Berner into your home, these “cons” will soon be pushed aside after their loyal and faithful characteristics come out, adding joy and new experiences to your family for many years to come!

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs Good for Florida?

Bernese Mountain Dogs are at risk of overheating when living in warm, humid climates like Florida. Extreme heat can and does kill Bernese Mountain dogs, and potential pet parents should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and should ensure their Bernese Mountain dog will have access to climate-controlled environments.

Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred by the Swiss to live in the Alps, where temperatures rarely reach 75°, even in the hottest months of the year. Most Bernese Mountain Dogs are comfortable in cold weather and snow. The dog’s black fur absorbs the heat of the sun, causing them to look for shade even if it’s a cool day.

How Much Does a Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy Cost?

Keep in mind that a reputable Bernese Mountain Dog breeder is going to sell their pups somewhere in the ballpark of $1500-$2000. Prices far below and far above should warrant a further investigation into the breeder by the potential buyer.

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