The Breeders

We are Tom and Nichole Cauwels and, along with our 4 children, are the owners of Nito Ranch Kennels. We live on a 70-acre ranch near Brandon, SD. We also raise cattle and chickens and the kids have been active in 4-H showing pigs and lambs.

Dogs have been a passion of ours since we were kids, and Nichole worked in a pet store during her college years. I pride myself in being very knowledgable about the different breeds and being able to help match families to a puppy that will enhance their lives.

When we decided to begin raising puppies, we knew we wanted to do it right. We have built a state-of-the-art facility at our home so the dogs will always be well cared for, loved and played with. We have on-site grooming and climate controlled housing for the dogs and us to enjoy. The dogs also have 70 acres to roam, chase four wheelers and mingle with the kitties, chickens and other barn yard animals. We also take the dogs to visit grandma or up to the lake. Unlike most breeders, we are open to site visits if you are local. We just ask that for the puppies' health, you don't come to visit us the same day you visit other breeders, stores, kennels or the pound so that we aren't spreading germs from one place to another, and of course, you make an appointment.


Berkeley is the daughter to our beloved Archie and Tilly. She reminds me so much of her Dad when I look at her. She is very sweet and loves attention. With little time spent on training she intuitively knows how to behave with one exception, she steals shoes. She really enjoys grabbing a boot or a shoe any chance she gets and carries it around the yard like it's her most prized possession. Thankfully she doesn't chew them up. She is great on a walk or just hanging around. She has a thick gorgeous coat and picture perfect Bernese markings. We have been really happy with her mothering skills and know you're going to love your puppy if you choose one of hers.


Lacey is the daughter of our first ever BMD's Archie and Danika. Lacey is the perfect blend of loving her people and not being too clingy. She can often be found just laying in the driveway. She will definitely greet you and want to be pet but then is happy to go do her own thing. She is a little smaller and does great in the house, with the kids and with other pets. I often find her being loved on by the cats. Like our other berners she isn't a barker or a chewer. She loves the outdoors and is a happy go lucky girl.