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Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain is the largest and the oldest of the 6 Kennel Club affiliated Bernese Mountain Dog Clubs in Britain. Membership of the club is open to anyone interested in Bernese, (you don't even need to have a dog). The club holds regular national events for the breed with three shows and 2 large Bernese based fun and family days being annual events attracting many people. Any Bernese lover is welcome to our events where you can meet lots of genuine BMD owners and enthusiasts, details can be found on this web site or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The club has always been keen to be a friendly club to all its members, not just "show people", and the committee are always open to any constructive ideas from the members.

 

The Club is a member of the Bernese Breed Council, an affiliation of British Bernese Clubs, and as such is able to be involved in all general British Bernese developments and also the Bernese International Working Group (BIWG) a kind of International Bernese Health committee.

 

Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally found in the valleys of the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland and were used as general multi purpose farm dogs. They were draught dogs pulling cart loaded with produce to market, items such as basket ware, cheese, or milk to the local dairy. The carts were also decorated for village festivals and celebrations which still puts the dogs as centre of attention today.  They were also employed in helping to herd sheep and cattle to and from the mountain pastures. All Bernese carry the traditional Swiss colouring of black and tan with white markings. They are one of 4 tri-coloured Swiss Mountain Breeds, (Appenzeller, Entlebucher and Great Swiss Mountain Dog being the other), but are the only one with longer coat.  The Bernese is still popular in Switzerland generally but especially in the hills of the Bernese Oberland.