Bernese News 19th February 2017

Marian Scott emailed;

"The Northern Club Championship Show closing date has been extended to Saturday 25th

For those who may not have the details to hand, the Northern BMD Club Championship Show
will be held on Sunday 26th March 2017 at Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart, Thirsk, YO7 3AB. 
The scheduled judge is Trish Barr.  

Contact Marian Scott for further information;  Tel; 0191 413093   mobile 07980 013742  
or email

Download the schedule here;

Download the entry form here;


Helen Davenport-Willis emailed this tribute;
Margret Baertschi 1935 - 2017

Margret Baertschi would have been 82 in March. Born and raised on a farm in Switzerland
her kennel " von der Hagrose" was known for excellent temperament and breed type. For a
decade, in her capacity on the committee of the Schweizischer Klub fur Berner Sennenhunde,
she wrote about the activities of the club, its members and their dogs, for the monthly edition
of the Swiss Kennel Club's magazine. She also held various official positions, including
President of the Zuchtkommission (Breeding Commission).

I first became aware of Margret in the mid 1980s through Diana Cochrane who wrote the first
book on Bernese Mountain Dogs in English, "The Bernese Mountain Dog" published in 1981.
During the course of her research, Diana and her husband Graham,  spent a great deal of 
time with Margret in Switzerland. Margret generously assisting by providing photographs and 
information on early breed history, some  of which Diana used and acknowledged in her book.
Two opinionated ladies, both rather outspoken, their friendship was,  gather, a little strained at
times, but they both spoke very highly of one another and shared a passion for the breed we all
adore. Margret's confident and direct manner, often harnessed her strong tendency to challenge
counter arguments.  Woe betide anyone who mentioned that Bernese were descendants of the
Roman Molossors, or that his legions crossed the Alps using the Gotthard Pass or that Berners
were a mountain breed! etc.,  

In 1992 Margret together with fellow author,  Hansjoachim Spengler wrote the breed book, "Das
Buch vom Berner Sennenhund" published in German. This must have been a Herculean task 
since it amounted to almost 800 pages and contained a wealth of well documented, important and
fascinating information. It was always referred to as "the Baertschi book"  - but in fairness to both
authors, I believe Margret's valid contribution was through her extensive and time consuming
research of the breed's history,. (prompted when she assisted Diana with hers), and all the 
breeding aspects.  Her fellow author, who is still alive, also deserves recognition for his 
considerable contribution, in writing all the technical aspects and comleting the drawings.  I am 
proud to say, a copy signed by both authors, with the  inscription to, "Professor Dr Malcolm Willis
- In gratitude for the help and stimulation which your findings and publications have meant to us
over the years. Boll and Bad Lausick, Dec 1991" -  sits on my bookshelf. Malcolm was delighted
to have received such an accolade and we both referred to it often. I still do!  Margret corres-
ponded with both Malcolm and myself over the years, with him mainly on genetic/health matters
appertaining to the breed and myself on journalistic items, breed history and development, 
breeding matters etc.,

When Silvana Vogel Tedeschi's Italian book,  "Bovaro del Bernese" was published in 2005 - 
Margret and Hansjochim wrote the foreword, praising her dedication and commitment to her book. 
When the English version of Silvana's book was published in 2010, they once again acknowledged
her and the work that had gone into this publication and quite rightly mentioned the contribution
made by Lindy Kunz, who had completed the mammoth task of translation -  " translated in an
exemplary way." 

Towards the latter end of  2016, Margret enjoyed a visit from fellow Swiss and Bernese breeder,
Eve Menegoz. "Kiki" as she was affectionately known, was courageously battling cancer, but 
whose lively and friendly manner, encouraged optimism. She had sent a Bernese female from
her "Sennenhof" breeding to a friend of Margret's in Switzerland and in November last she had
produced a litter of puppies. These two contemporary ladies had lots to talk about on their native 
soil, however fate intervened and it was the last time they were to share one another's company.
Eve returned home to Canada and died on Nov 26th.  

Margret had a fall in her apartment on New Years Day damaging her back quite severely
necessitating her being confined to bed. She had asked me, via email, if Icould send her a copy
of the article about Eve that had appeared in the 2015 issue BMDC of GB Handbook. She
acknowledged receipt in an email, told me about her fall and said she would write more when
she felt better. Sadly, that was the last time I was to hear from her. Her health worsened and
she died on 31st January.

My sincere condolences to her three children, Markus, Claudia and Adrian on the loss of their
mother. The funeral took place on Monday 5th February at the Church in Kirchberg, Switzerland.


The prestigious 141st Westminster Kennel Club Show
was held at Madison Square Garden
in New York during 11th to 14th February.

There were 32 Bernese entered with 4 absentees.
The Bernese judge was Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA who was also
judging Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers and St.Bernards.

Well known UK Bernese owner and exhibitor Julie Ann Wright (Roesilbern) was present at the
ringside and very kindly emailed me these photographs of some of the winners. Thanks Julie Ann!.


Above; Best of Breed GCHS CH Villairns Tag You're It NDD RN

Above; Select Dog GCHS CH Belnois Romeo Ruba Cuori

Above; Award of Merit GCHS CH Adesa's Best In Snow

Above; Award of Merit GCH CH Heartsdesire Barons Bottom Up On Tap

Above; Award of Merit GCHS CH Lavish's Brut Premier

Above; Best of Opposite Sex GCHP CH Vinn October It Had 2VV You

Above; Select Bitch GCH CH Full Moon's Canoodling With Great Lakes & Snowcap

The list of Bernese exhibits and the full results can be found here;

Breed judging video;

The Working Group video is in two parts and can be accessed here;



Puppy Dog or Bitch (4 entries)
Lovely class of puppies
1st Miles’ Jaybiem Stan Innovation.  8 months Dog. Good for size, bone and balance at this
age. Head developing well. Dark eye.  Deep chest. Firm, level topline. Difficult decision between
1st and 2nd but after several runs round the ring this dog clinched it on strength of movement.
2nd King & Bramble’s Shirdees Leathal Weapon
3rd Miles’ Jaybiem My My My

Junior Dog or Bitch (3)
1st King & Bramble’s Shirdees Miss Congeniality
.  8 months, strong but feminine bitch. Well
built for her age. Well off for bone, size and coat. Sweet expression. Lovely dark eye. Settled into
a steady gait. Good topline and tail carriage.  Pleased to award her Best Puppy and Reserve
Best of Breed. I was delighted to then see her go on to achieve Puppy Group 2 in a large
Working Puppy Group.
2nd Miles’ Jaybiem Burli Shassi
3rd Watson’s Jesterbrook Alpine Glory At Stepdashar

Post Graduate (4)
1st Granger’s Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower JW
.  2 year old bitch who has really
matured of late. Strong yet feminine outline. Attractive head. Lovely dark eyes. Correct bite.
Expressive ears. Well laid shoulders, firm, level topline and lovely rear angulation. Best mover
in the class. Didn’t put a foot wrong throughout. Well handled. Pleased to award her Best of
Breed and see her go on to Working Group 4, from a Group of 19.
2nd King’s Ecalpharas Moonshine Over Leapingwell
3rd Watson’s Staubach Quiana at Stepdashar

Open (3)
1st Avery’s Lujento Morse.
5 year old male who is looking so well at present. A taller dog who
lacked coat today, which extenuated his height. Well-developed head. Dark eyes. Good ear set.
Happy and outgoing temperament. Moved with good reach and drive when run on a loose lead.
2nd Granger’s Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem JW ShCM
3rd Flippance’s Bernbienaime Bright Button At Nenebern
Judge - Karen Bird (Cullumbern)




Minor Puppy Dog  (9 entries, 2 absentees)
1st Miles' Jaybiem Stan Innovation.
Excellent puppy and a sign of things to come! Correct
proportions, excellent head and expression. Still a touch soft in topline, normal for this age. Very
promising. Best Puppy.
2nd King & Bramble's Shirdees Leathal Weapon.
Excellent also. Strong bone. Well made.
At this age a bit longer in body and not quite the coat of winner.
3rd Jefferson's Shirdees Fast And Furious.

Puppy Dog  (5)
1 Griffiths, Orme & Miles' Jaybiem With N'without Y'zeus.
Masculine with good bone and
shape. Good colour. Head will improve, at this age, a touch narrow in skull.
2nd Stephenson's Matera's Record Breaker. Strong bone. Needs time to collect and settle in.
topline. Good foreface, coat and well coupled.
3rd Watson's Jesterbrock Alpine Glory At Stepdashar.

Junior Dog  (3)
1st Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark.
Excellent in all departments. Again
sired by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW. Great angulation, excellent mover. Excellent construction.
A great future.
2nd Titchmarsh & Green's Waldershelf Dandy Lion. Good type, good head. He is well 
proportioned. He needs more time to mature on.
3rd Green's Waldershelf Jaspa's Thor.

Post Graduate Dog  (14, 1)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Perfect Record.  
This is a very good, well
balanced male. His movement is excellent. Super head. Very good coat quality. He needs time to
develop in body and forechest.
2nd Hughes' Give Me Five From Christofland For Carraigbern. Very well made, good topline
and shape. Good coat, not as well marked as 1st. Much to like.
3rd Atkinson & Reynolds' Meadowpark Secret Blend.

Limit Dog  (9, 3)
1st Bird & Bridges' Kernow Something.
A good male with excellent head and expression. Well
put together, moved well. 
2nd Granger's Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem.  Good lines on this male.Moving well, has good
angulation. Not in best coat today.
3rd Law's Ecalpharas Gold.

Open Dog  (10, 3)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark High Class.
One word - excellent. Type, bone
construction, movement, coat, colour. He is the breed standard. Again excellent. CC and Best of  
2nd Round's Ch Collansues Black Magic. A
lso a very good male and rate him excellent. Not in
best coat today but deserved 2nd in this very good class. Reserve CC.
3rd Miles & Sampson's Jaybiem Mi Lord.

Veteran Dog  (3, 1)
1st Dickson's Monalou Dutch Connexion To Geruth.
Very good condition. Good shape and
proportions. Excellent coat, moved well. A credit to owner.
2nd Jefferson's Meadowpark Boysown.  Good quality coat and condition. Not quite the 
shoulders of winner but a very good dog.

Minor Puppy Bitch  (6, 2)
1st Miles' Jaybiem My My My.
 I now see she is the litter sister to Minor Puppy Dog - she is
lovely! I don't want to change anything. Just to develop. Very promising. Moving very well.
2nd Benson's Bernervalley Summer Dream. Nice bitch with super head. Not quite as good at
this age as 1st. Give her time. Promising pup.
3rd Tomkins' Kinelarty Ellen Ray Of Light For Bernershaw.

Puppy Bitch  (10, 3)
1st Pawlyszyn's Matera's Record Label
2nd Pawlyszyn's Matera's Record Deal. Litter sisters I see and same complimentary remarks
apply. They are well made, excellent in angulations and movement. At this age Record Label
had the better head but time can help and maturity can give more width to Record Deal's head.
3rd Green's Bernerdalens Quest For Fame At Waldershelf.

Junior Bitch  (8, 1)
1st Miles' Jaybiem Burli Shassi.
Again two beautiful bitches. Richer tan on winner.Beautiful
lines. Strong bone and body. Moved very well.
2nd Baldwin's Fortonpark Chasing Dreams. Lovely, super head to come. Very good shape
and movement. Quality Vertigo daughter.
3rd Jones' Tremywyddfa Forget Me Not.

Post Graduate Bitch  (12, 4)

1st Baldwin's Fortonpark Lilly's Delight.
Strong bitch with very good head.  Better in front than
behind. Good colour and temperament.
2nd Vaychkus & Vaickus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo. A bit longer in body, well angulated 
giving good movement. Waiting for her better coat to come. Very good.
3rd McCormick's Monalou Star Princess.

Limit Bitch  (14, 4) 
1st Marsden & Robertson's Trudaleaze Majik Potion.
Excellent mover. Well put together.
Correct angulation fore and aft. Much to like, not yet the width, needs maturity. Very good.
2nd Granger's Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower.  Sired by another Jaybiem stud dog.
The breed is strong. This bitch an excellent example of the strength of the breed.
3rd Peacocke's Meadowpark Everlastin Love.

Open Bitch  (15)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Ch Meadowpark Perfect Blend.
 Outstanding bitch of
Ch Meadowpark Perfect Blend, outstanding bitch of excellence. Beautiful head and expression.
Wonderful free typical movement. Holding her topline better today. CC.
2nd Baldwin's Ch Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark. Excellent bitch. Very similar
in virtues. A pleasure to judge stock of this quality. Reserve CC.
3rd Pawlyszyn's Meadowpark Bright N'breezey at Matera.

Veteran Bitch  (4, 1)
1st Wood's Tamarbern Dusky Maiden.
Right to the last class I am seeing excellence in this
breed. A most enjoyable feeling to see BMD at this age. Excellent in all departments.
2nd Davenport-Willis' Wardleyhill Regal Romance For Nellsbern.  A mark of excellence
again. Correct type and construction. Preferred the width of head of 1st. This is a lovely bitch,
well handled!.
3rd Edge's Monalou Dutch Affair.
Judge - Kari Jarvinen     

Jude Simonds

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