Bernese News 18th January 2016

Boston is the first Championship Show of the year and although it doesn't offer CCs for
Bernese there were 8 scheduled classes for our breed which attracted 19 entries with 3
absentees for all-rounder judge Pam Blay.  Best of Breed went to Trish Goodyear's homebred
Harvestbank Fields Of Gold JW ShCM. 


At Manchester Championship Show all-rounder judge Meg Purnell-Carpenter drew 96 entries
with 18 absentees across 14 classes.   

Bernice Mair, Carole Hartley-Mair and Gary Dybdall's homebred Meadowpark team had a
very successful day, taking most of the top awards. At just two days after his first birthday, the
Dog CC, his first, went to Meadowpark High Class with the Reserve CC going to his sire, Ch
Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW. 
The Reserve Bitch CC was won by Meadowpark Breezing On and  Meadowpark Picture Perfect
took Best Puppy.   Keeping it "in the family", June Miles' homebred Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM
who is sire of the Reserve CC and Grandsire of the Best of Breed winner was Best Veteran.  

Also collecting a first CC was Helen Davenport-Willis & Darja Kozamel's 4 3/4 year old Lithuanian
import Rainbow Alpui Slenis.  She was bred by Miss A Tunaityte and sired by Ltu Ch Flames Of 
Steal From Orsina's Land x Kamenskii Alians Prosto Metcha.  Congratulations.


A delighted Wendy Westlake emailed;  

"At Nuneaton & District Open Show my new boy Suggs, Apriori Uill Smith For Jesterbrock (Imp RUS) 
was 1st in Puppy, Best Puppy in Breed & Reserve Best of Breed under judge Dave Lambert (Seittor
Rottweilers). He then won the Working Puppy Group under judge Janet Gunn (Flintstock Bullmastiffs),
finally he went Best Puppy in Show under judge Karen Goff- Leggett (Washakie Dalmatians). 

"I was so emotional I almost shed tears that these judges thought so highly of my lovely boy who is
still 6 months old and only at his second show.  I am so proud of Suggs who showed his socks off."

Photo courtesy Wendy Westlake.

I heard that Wendy's pup also won the Minor Puppy Dog class at Manchester but Wendy damaged
her knee whilst running around the ring and had to call in a substitute handler.
Congratulations on 'Suggs' successful debut and I hope the knee improves quickly.


The demand for Bernese puppies continues with several enquiries coming in every single day.  

It is a great shame that so many of those who seek a puppy seem completely disinterested in
acquiring an "authentic" Bernese - by that I mean a carefully planned, well bred puppy who has
the potential to develop many of the positive attributes so desired in the breed.  

The vast majority of potential owners, when asked what sort of Bernese are they looking for 
simply reply that it "doesn't matter", they "just want one".   A large tricoloured dog with a label
confirming that is a Bernese will, it appears, be sufficient.  

No wonder so many owners end up parting with their Bernese who has developed into a dog they
are incompatible with.  This is so sad and so potentially damaging for our breed as we already 
have a situation where far too many poor quality Bernese are bred from and without more buyers
demanding a good standard in the dogs they purchase and future breeders selecting breeding 
stock with true merit I can't see how things will improve.  

It is quite right that we should love our dogs regardless of how they turn out but unless we can
inspire all those attracted to our breed to learn about the fundamentals and understand how
important breed integrity is, then our battle for authenticity will be fought by fewer and fewer
dedicated enthusiasts and there are precious few of those already.

Jude Simonds


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