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Welcome to De-Li's Bernese Mountain Dogs
AKC's "Breeder of the Year - Working Group" (2008)

Lilian Ostermiller & Michelle Scott - Westtown, NY
Contact us: losterm@optonline.net

"De-Li's is the home of superior COMPANION and SHOW dogs
where SOUNDNESS OF BODY AND MIND always comes first."

We have been breeding champion Bernese Mountain Dogs for over twenty years and are very proud to have been awarded Breeder of the Year for the Working Group by the American Kennel Club for 2008. You can learn more about this honor here.

You can also enjoy an article written by De-Li's founder Lilian Ostermiller for the American Kennel Club Gazette here.

Future Champions - De-Li's Nursery is working hard producing future champions and wonderful companion dogs. On April 13, 2010, Karina (De-Li's Take a Closer Look) had four beautiful puppies by Dylan (De-Li's Foreign Inspiration). See the pround mama in the New Litters section.


De-Li's Hot Lips (aka "Margret")

 Our Next Litter - De-Li's newest batch of little champions are expected at the end of May out of De-Li's Hot Lips aka "Margret" (all positive clearances). We will post the birth date and numbers as soon as we know.

The Legend Continues - We are proud to introduce our new male Andrew, who at five months old shows great potential. He's the son of CH De-Li's Finders Keepers (aka "Tilly") and has all the signs of a little champ. Although in dogs one never knows, of course, we are keeping our paws crossed for this boy.



We are also keeping a close eye on our two 10-month-old males, "Thunder" and "Lightning." Both of them have started their show career already with great success. As you see from the picture below, they not only love the show ring but have a great time together here on the farm.

Thunder and Lightning

"Thunder and Lightning"

Our big boy CH De-Li's Force of Gravity aka "Newton" ranked #4 in the AKC Breed Standings, based on the final points tally for 2008. He was among the dogs invited to attend the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden. Watch a fun video of Newton and Lilian backstage at the show in the Stud Dogs section.


CH De-Li's Force of Gravity aka "Newton"

Growing Boys - Last year we asked you to keep an eye out for three promising young males who joined our family in November, 2008, and are growing up to make us proud. Their call names are Lewis, Clark and Henry, and they're all handsome young men.

Henry was sold to a wonderful home and is on his way to becoming a therapy dog. Clark (below, at 4 months) will start his show career within the next couple of months and hopes to achieve his champion title before the years is out.



And the baby, Lewis (below at 4 months), is looking for that perfect home with a careful selection of new parents. He will be a great soul mate rather than a showman: he needs to get to know people before he's comfortable with them - but once he's does, watch out for the love!



Tilly - Our girl Tilly became a champion last year and is now CH De-Li's Finders Keepers. She will be three years old in April and has successfully passed her heart, eyes and vWD clearances. She is the proud mom of Andrew - who shows so much early promise at only five months.


CH De-Li's Finders Keepers aka "Tilly"

National Specialty - The 2010 National Specialty will be held in Wisconsin this year. Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to present our dogs. It's too time consuming to drive, and flying is both costly and stressful. We will be attending without dogs this time.

The De-Li Kennel has been in existence for twenty years whereby we, the Ostermiller family, have been owned by over 50 champions, Best in Show dogs, Best in Specialty Show winners in the US as well as Canada, and Therapy Dogs. Many of our offspring in our extended family throughout the country have shown their exceptional ability as working dogs in obedience, agility, tracking & carting. We are proud of our canines and would love to share some of our experiences with folks who wish to learn.

We founded De-Li's in the 1980's, taking our kennel's name from a combination of our own. Over the past twenty years, De-Li's has produced dozens of legendary Berners, including most recently Am/Can Ch. De-Li's Theory of Relativity ("Albert") and son Ch. De-Li's Ideas and Opinions ("Einstein").

Previous national specialty Best in Show winners include Ch. De-Li's Foregone Conclusion and Ch. De-Li's Standing Ovation, who produced 19 champions. Ch. De-Li's Foreign Touch's spectacularly successful offspring included 37 conformation champions and ten obedience champions.