Swiss Star Farms’ Bernese Mountain Dogs | Bobbie Hefner

Bobbie Hefner | Swiss Star Farms' Bernese Mountain Dogs


Interview with Bobbie Hefner, Breeder of Swiss Star Farms’ Bernese Mountain Dogs


Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Bobbie Hefner: I live in Grass Valley, California, on 11 acres with a pond and a house on top of the hill. I have been in dogs since I got my first tri-colored mutt when I was five years of age. At age eight, my father gave me my first camera and I spent time dressing up “Nicky” and photographing him. Seventy-six years later, I am still photographing litters of puppies and dogs.

Swiss Star Farms
Swiss Star Farms is located in the middle of the “Gold Country”. My home is located atop a grassy knoll. The dogs love to run down the hillside and wade in the pond.

That five-week-old puppy, given to a five-year-old kid, became the guiding light that took me down the road I never dreamed I would be on. I have been in Bernese Mountain Dogs now for 36 years. I currently have seven Bernese, ranging in age from eight months to 10 years. Five of the seven arenow retired.


What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

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