Bernese Mountain Dog price and what it depends on
How much do Bernese Mountain Dogs cost?
Quick answer: anywhere from USD $1000 – $2000 depending on a few factors.
Bernese Mountain Dog price will depend on a few factors, one of which is: where you are located. What country are you looking for your Bernese in? If it’s the United States / Canada, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1000 – $2000 for a puppy. If you are in UK, the price could be anywhere within the range of £1300 – £2000. If you are in some other country, you might need to check out local Bernese Mountain Dog clubs and ask what price you might want to expect.
Another factor that defines the price of a Bernese Mountain pup besides location, is quality of the dog. A good breeder will have significant expenses to produce a well-bred dog. That includes genetic testing fees, stud fees, premium quality feeds, vet services and other expenses. This is what justifies “high” prices that most respectable breeders will quote. If someone is trying to sell you a “cheaper” puppy, it could be a red flag and something to be careful about.
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Good breeding is not cheap, in fact, it is almost never profitable for a breeder if done right. If you see a pup being sold for a price significantly lower than the ones mentioned above, it likely means that the breeder skipped some of the important steps, such as health testing, and /or are in a hurry to sell their animals. I would suggest you move on to another breeder. You don’t want to save a penny and lose a pound later when you have to pay vet bills for a dog who’s health is compromised.
Another factor is whether the pup is sold as pet or show animal. Most Bernese puppies are sold as pets today, which means certain breed defects are allowed. Show dogs need to have impeccable exterior, and will always cost more than pet quality animals.
For an average owner, a pet quality dog is absolutely fine, in fact most Bernese pups are sold as pets. If you are looking into entering the wonderful world of dog shows, you will need a show quality dog, which may (or may not, in some cases) cost a little (or a lot) more.
However, all that said, a high price does not automatically mean an excellent quality animal either. Always do your research, learn as much as you can about the breeder, read their reviews online, and visit their kennels to make sure you’ve met the dogs (and their parents) before making any decisions.
A breeder will also always have a contract to sign with you at the time of the purchase of the dog, as well as the dog’s health papers. If a breeder wants to skip any of these steps, it is also a big read flag. A good breeder will also be willing to provide you with advice and guidance concerning your new Berner, and will be willing to take the dog back if you, for any reason, become unable to continue caring for it.