Finding a Puppy
Adapted from Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
The only good source to obtain a Swissy puppy is from a breeder who shows their dogs, puts time and effort into studying the breed, selectively breeds the best males and females, obtains health clearances on all dogs they breed. The only place a puppy buyer should ever buy a puppy is from a responsible breeder.
The great news is that there are good responsible breeders in all areas of the country that strive to produce strong, healthy puppies. But, how do you recognize the responsible breeder? How can the puppy buyer know they are getting a puppy from a breeder who has the best interest of the breed in mind, rather than just the potential income?
The first step is to locate breeders who are a members of the Parent Club. The GSMDCA (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America) is the Parent Club for the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Upon joining the club, GSMDCA members all sign an agreement in which they commit to never sell, supply, donate, or surrender a GSMD to wholesalers, pet shops or other retailers, raffles, catalog houses, laboratories, or shelters. This is the first step in knowing that the breeder cares about where their puppies go. Buyers are encouraged to read the GSMDCA Breeder’s Guidelines to aid them in their search for a puppy.
Some key things the buyer can look for:
Contact breeders listed on the GSMDCA website.
We are happy to refer you to breeders near you who may have a current or upcoming litter.
Swissy Rescue assists Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs that don’t have a breeder to fall back on. If you have a big heart and welcome the opportunity to give a Swissy a second chance, please contact rescue to see what Sweathearts may be looking for a good home.
Sadly, Swissies have become popular among Amish puppy mills and backyard breeders. Beware of any breeders who are not members of the GSMDCA, particularly if the breeder is from PA, IN, or OH where puppy mills are very prevalent.