Last chance to enter! Entries close this Sunday May 28th!
We can't wait to see you all there. :) ...
Dear Bernese Exhibitors and BMDCV Members,
We are so pleased to announce our upcoming Specialty Show.
Our Specialist Judge is Mr Craig Phillips of Kraigoaks Bernese in Victoria and our Junior Handlers and Special/Sweepstakes classes Judge is Mrs Colleen Stoate, also from Victoria (a reminder that these classes will be judged in the lunchbreak). Thank you to both of these wonderful judges for kindly accepting the appointment.
Please don't forget your dogs with new ANKC titles, and your Veterans (Bernese aged 7+) for our Veterans Parade. All enquiries to be directed to Robyn Fosang as per the schedule. Please note the closing dates. Please note that the fee for non-members participating in the Veterans Parade is only $5. FREE if you are a member.
We are also seeking sponsorship for our show and would appreciate your support so please contact Sheridan Holmes.
Thank you to our new Show Secretary Marilyn Warren for assisting us.
A big thank you also to Lynney Wall for her always ongoing support as our previous Show Secretary. You have done a fabulous job for many years and have earned a well-deserved break!
We are pleased to offer you the option of online entries through Easy Dog Entries. Unfortunately these are not available yet but we will update this page when they are.
Thank you again in advance to our wonderful exhibitors, members, sponsors, and committee for all of your support. We look forward to seeing you and your beautiful Bernese on June 11th.
When Did the Berner Get His Name?
It’s said that the breed’s original name was “durrbachler,” after an inn where these all-purpose farm dogs were bought and sold, but the first time the mountain dogs were referred to as “Bernese” was in 1902, the year an international dog show in Bern offered a class for “Swiss “shepherd dogs” sponsored by a Swiss dog club. It was also the same year that that the Swiss Kennel Club recognized the Bernese Mountain Dog as a unique breed.
The Swiss had wisely recognized three years earlier that their native dog breeds needed protection. For hundreds of years, Berners had been an indispensable helpmate to farmers, dairymen and merchants as they herded cattle, watched over livestock, and pulled carts. By 1888, however, agriculture in Switzerland had dwindled to where only 36% of the Swiss worked in farming and ranching. In 1899, an interest in preserving native breeds lead to breeders of a variety of purebred dogs founding a club called, “Berna,” which put the breed on firmer footing. And aren’t we glad!
“Morning Dew” by Liane Weyers was one of the fabulous entries in National Purebred Dog Day’s 2016 Fine Arts/Poster competition. We'll be announcing exciting details about our 2017 competition at the end of June.