My kennel was first registered in 1985 when I imported 2 German Shepherds. I bred German Shepherds for many years, then in 1994 I saw for the first time Bernese Mountain Dogs and I never realised then that this breed, would be so..... addictive, but it was, so the search began. Being a rare breed, there were few breeders and then I heard that Mr & Mrs Tate had just imported some Bernese from Sweden that had size, substance and also soundness. So I booked a bitch puppy, and “Laika of Estcarp” (Holly) soon arrived. She was all that a Bernese should be friendly, outgoing and above all else sound. Holly was the beginning of what I now have and my gratitude to Barbera and Steve Tate of Estcarp Kennels that will never diminish. Holly started me on the road to breeding which is now a hobby for my two daughters Nicola and Robyn who were to be my handlers at all the dog shows.
Nicola was 10 years old and Robyn 8, when their showing career kicked off. My daughter’s right from their young age found that the showing off Bernese was a breeze, the Bernese opened up the world of showing like no other breed could have. Because Bernese love their owners and are so friendly and intelligent and oh so gentle with children.
All our dogs are part of the family and all the pups are reared as if we were going to keep them, are in the house and loved. Our dogs are also hip and elbow scored and the Animal Eye Specialist has had two puppies from us. At our kennels we feel that the most important for a Bernese to have is a great temperament. A typical Bernese temperament should be loving and friendly with everyone and this is something which all our dogs have. Anyone looking at purchasing a Bernese Mountain Dog is more than welcome to come and see our dogs, regardless of the kennel you are purchasing from.