Arundel Kennels

Bernese Mountain Dogs

Phone: (585) 768-2095




Adoption Process


If you are interested in obtaining one of our puppies, you will be asked for information on you, your plans for a puppy, your experience and environment, and any other pertinent information. To request a questionnaire to start the adoption process, please enter your information under "Contact Us".


Our puppies are raised in our home and socialized before going to their new homes. Puppies are temperament-tested at 7 weeks using the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test and this information is combined with observations on energy level and behavior to match the best puppy to each family, based on their experience and individual environment. Puppies are not available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority is given to owners who have owned our dogs. This process isn't necessarily for everyone, but it works well for us. It does require patience...


Each puppy has received early wormings and shot(s) and is examined by a veterinarian before going to his/her new home. This information is provided to each new owner, along with a packet of information on raising a puppy and copies of the pedigree and health clearances of the parents.


Lifelong support is provided to each owner. This includes consultation with our veterinarians and specialists when appropriate, at no additional cost to the owner. Dogs that cannot be kept for any reason must be returned to us. Our commitment is for the life of your puppy.



We want to hear from owners on a regular basis to know our dogs are loved and cared for. We also want information on their health for future breeding decisions. The temperament, trainability, aptitude, health and longevity of each puppy are important components that help determine optimal breedings. All pet owners must neuter their dog. Most of our puppies go as pets/companions and are sold on limited registration with AKC.


All owners are asked to x-ray hips and elbows at 1-2 years of age and submit them to OFA for review. Owners also are asked to check eyes and heart. This information serves as a useful baseline for the dog, to help should future problems occur, and also provides excellent information on our breeding program and the progress we are making. We support BernerGarde, the Bernese Mountain Dog database, and encourage open reporting regarding our dogs.