How we got started
Hello. My name is Mette Hammer, and I run Bluff Country Bernedoodles with my husband Sam and daughter Anna.
I had one wish as a child: to get a puppy. It was at the top of my wish list year after year. Unfortunately, my family could not get a dog due to allergies in the family. I understood, but still longed for a dog. The first thing I did when I got a home of my own was to adopt a lovely Golden Retriever.
Sam and I raised our two daughters, Ashlee and Anna, in the country, and we always had one or two dogs. Anna loved our dogs and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. As a teen, she got a job with a local dog breeder and picked up many skills related to whelping, medical care, grooming, and more. For her 18th birthday, we gave her a gift certificate for a puppy so that she could start her own program.
That became a gift for all of us since it turned out to be the start of a great adventure. We fell in love with breeding puppies. Soon all of us were equally invested in making puppies a major part of our lives. Sam and I have taken early retirement so that we can spend more time with our dogs and puppies. We continue to teach classes part-time at our local community college. Anna is a vital part of our business due to her love of puppies and skills in all areas of puppy care.
How our program has evolved over the years
Our first litter consisted of six beautiful purebred miniature Poodles. We have bred Poodles since then and plan to continue to do so. We fell in love with Poodles due to their intelligence, trainability, agility, and loyalty. It is a plus that they are completely non-allergenic. Poodles are great companions, whether they are next to us on the couch, looking at us with knowing eyes, or accompanying us on a walk.
We soon added a Cocker Spaniel, with plans to raise Cockapoos. Like most people, we love the sweet temperament of the Cockers. They have the silkiest coat, and who can resist those long ears? Cockapoos are the perfect combination of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. They tend to inherit the sweetness of the Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence of the Poodle. They are very low-shedding so great for people with mild allergies. Their coat is soft and plush, and they have the cutest expressions on their faces. The famous Cockapoo head tilt can melt anyone’s heart.
As a young girl, one of my dreams was to someday have a Bernese Mountain Dog. It was a great day when we welcomed Chava. She quickly grew from an adorable puppy to a 90+-pound beauty. True to her breed, she is a gentle giant.
We started breeding Bernedoodles when Chava was almost two years old. Bernedoodles are a wonderful combination of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. They have gorgeous coats in black, white, and copper. Their coats shed minimally. All around, Bernedoodles are completely adorable; they seem to always have a smile on their face.
It is very important to us to have close relationships with our dogs. Our dogs live in our home with us; they are not in a separate kennel. They can often be seen next to us on the couch or by our feet. They provide great companionship, comfort, entertainment, and stress relief. We love them.
along with Sam Townswick and Anna Townswick
Highlights of our program
- Careful breeding of appropriate dogs based on genetic testing
- Confirmation of pregnancy by ultrasound
- Supplemented diet during pregnancy
- Whelping in warm, private area of our home
- Attendance and assistance at birth
- Strong health protocol, including early vaccines and four dewormings
- Photos of puppies throughout their time with us
- Charting of puppy growth
- Puppy exposure to a variety of sounds, sights, smells, and textures
- Puppy interaction with people of different ages and dogs of different breeds and sizes
- Early grooming experience
- Temperament testing of puppies
- Daily sanitation
- Inspection of each puppy by a certified veterinarian, resulting in a signed certificate of health
- Frequent communication with customers
- Lots of love and attention given to our puppies