Bernese News 15th July 2019


This weekend, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July it's the Southern BMD Club Fun Daty at Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Beare Green, near Dorking, Surrey. RH5 4RW. Lots of fun stuff to see and do and contributions for the raffle would be greatly appreciated. Also could those who won a trophy last year please remember to return it.

All the details are on the Southern Club website


At National Working and Pastoral Breeds Championship Show 2019 on Saturday all rounder Liz Cartledge had 54 entries with 11 absentees across 13 classes.

For comparison the entry at the 2018 show was 48 entries with 12 absentees for all-rounder judge Willy Dobbin.

Photos courtesy of Julie Ann Wright - thank you!

The Dog CC plus Best of Breed went to Julie Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark JW.


The Reserve Dog CC was awarded to Penny Cooke and Jim Stevens' 2 year old homebred Tickbern Vagabond who is a son of Devael Just Call Me Earl x Tickbern Sweet Sensation.


Penny and Jim also won the Best Veteran award with their homebred, 7 year old Tickbern Ridin' High who is by Tickbern Over The Moon x Tickbern Knick Knack.


In Bitches it was 2nd CC for Valerie Hughes' Ir Ch Werlwind's Celtic Dream For Carraigbern who is rising 4 years old, bred in the USA by Cundy Switzler and is sired by Am Can Ch Bernerdalens Kodak x Am Can Ch Werlwinds Oh Oh Olivia.



Photo above property of Sue Flanagan

Sue Flanagan's homebred Collansues Lexi's Pot Of Gold won the Reserve Bitch CC. 14 months old she is a daughter of Shirdees Leathal Weapon x Collansues Bridge Of Dreams.


Best Puppy went to the Netherlands import Parwizz Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella TAF who is jointly owned by Rebecca King, Jackie Green and Liz Dedman. Bred by Marieke de Wold, he is 10 months old and a son of Bernerdalens Nickelback x Devael That'll Do Sue VDW.


The Best Special Beginner award and this was won by Katarzyna Mrozowska's Lawenda Przyniose Ci Szczescie who is an 8 1/2 month old Polish import who was bred by Grazina Murawska and sired by Splendid Three Color Zhean Gabin x Libera Van St-Niklas. This puppy also won 1st place in an entry of 19 in the Royal Canin Minor Puppy Bitch Stakes judged by all-rounder T J Ball who also placed two more Bernese in the Puppy Stakes classes. Gary Dybdall & Liam Lydon's homebred Rodiveco Serendipity was VHC out of 22 in the Royal Canin Puppy Bitch Stakes and Carraigbern Noble Heart of Rodiveco (IKC) who is jointly owned by Gary, Liam and Valerie Hughes who bred him was placed 2nd out of 13 entries in the Royal Canin Minor Puppy Dog Stakes. Congratulations.

Puppy Dog (3 entries)

1st King, Green & Dedman's Parwizz Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella (Imp NLD)
2nd Dybdall, Lydon & Hughes' Carraigbern Noble Heart Of Rodiveco (IKC)
3rd Bird's Cullumbern Milano

Junior Dog No entries

Post Graduate Dog (4 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Magical Spell
2nd Bridges' Kernow Troublue
3rd Knight's Cullumbern Roman Road At Kernow

Limit Dog (5)
1st Cooke & Stevens' Tickbern Vagabond
2nd King & Green's Joseph Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella JW (Imp Nld)
3rd bridges' Kernow Troubadour JW
Res Miles & Ishaque's Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW
VHC Wort's Bernfawr In Demand At Glorybern

Open Dog (3)
1st Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark JW
2nd Vaychkus & Vaickus' Flintas Kalnu Suo At Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lit)
3rd Green's Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure For Arvella (Imp Can)

Veteran Dog (1)
1st Cooke & Stevens' Tickbern Ridin' High

Special Beginners Dog or Bitch (1)
1st Mrozowska's Lawenda Przyniose Ci Szczescie

Puppy Bitch (8, 2)
1st Wright & Kirk's Objet D'art Du Hameau De Baika Avec Roesilbern (Im
2nd Dybdall & Lydon's Rodiveco Serendipity
3rd Head's Cullumbern Valencia Millermead
Res Jones' Tremywyddfa Just In Time
VHC Small's Malindibeach Boodles Of Fun

Junior Bitch (8, 2)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Lexis Pot Of Gold
2nd Bridges' Liskarm A Million Dreams
3rd Williams' Tinland Pink Sapphire
Res Hundley's Jesterbrock Apus At Calizley

Post Graduate Bitch (10, 2)
1st Sutton & Davenport-Willis' Nelstephbern Dior Foreva
2nd Harris' Meadowpark's Dancin' On My Own
3rd Dybdall & Lydon's Tjofselinas UK Ella Rose For Meadowpark (Imp Swe)
Res Flanagan's Collansues Precious Rock
VHC Baldwin's Fortonpark Sez Iam Classy

Limit Bitch (5, 2)
1st Bird & Head's Cullumbern Roman Toga With Millermead JW
2nd Weston's Bernfawr Jonquill
3rd Oakaby's Tickbern Teasle At Iscabern

Open Bitch (6, 2)
1st Hughes' Ir Ch Werlwind's Celtic Dream For Carraigbern
2nd Miles' Ch Jaybiem Burli Shassi JW
3rd Baldwin's Fortonpark Lilly's Delight
Res Vaychkus & Vaickus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo JW ShCM (Imp Pol)


And so following this show we have another new Champion, subject to Kennel Club confirmation.

Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark

Born; 23rd August 2015
Owner; Julie Baldwin
Breeder; Carole Hartley-Mair and the late Bernice Mair
Sire; Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW
Dam; Meadowpark One Lover

'Ruben's' notable achievements include;

Best Puppy from Julie Vaughan & Puppy Group 3 from Patsy Hollings at Southern Counties 2016
Best Puppy from Rodney Oldham & Puppy Group 2 from Jeff Luscott at at Three Counties 2016
Best Puppy from George Wilson at Border Union 2016
Best Puppy from Joanne Sutton at National Working & Pastoral Breeds 2016
Best Puppy from June Miles at BMD Club of Scotland 2016

Junior Warrant Certificate

Reserve CC from Elina Harpaniemi at Blackpool 2017
Reserve CC from Dr Ron James at Windsor 2017
Reserve CC from Sarah Peacocke at BMD Club of Scotland 2017
Reserve CC from Anne Wells at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland 2017
Reserve CC from Angela Haden at Crufts 2018
Reserve CC from Paul Lawless at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales 2018
Reserve CC from Alan Rawson at SKC (May) 2018
Reserve CC from Frank Kane at Three Counties 2018
Reserve CC from Jane Keeves at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland 2018
Reserve CC from Terry Munro at Birmingham National 2019
Reserve CC from Arne Foss at Blackpool 2019

CC + Best of Breed from Dave Killilea + Group 3 from Irene McManus at Manchester 2019
CC + Best of Breed from Fran Kaye at WELKS 2019
CC + Best of Breed from Liz Cartledge at National Working & Pastoral Breeds 2019



Puppy enquiries continue to flood in thick and fast
despite there being numerous adverts online for Bernese - both KC registered and unregistered - plus numerous litters of BMD crossbreeds. So many potential buyers, when advised to proceed with caution and seek out a carefully planned, well-bred puppy from an established breeder of repute, seem unwilling to travel or wait and "just want one" - ANY ONE - instantly with minimal effort. It is so sad to see how the financial exploitation and online marketing of our breed has escalated almost beyond comprehension and so many of the dogs offered online are clearly and obviously completely untypical of the breed especially when the visual evidence confirms worryingly poor overall skeletal construction.

Well-bred puppies have always been in demand and being accepted on a reputable breeder's puppy list is often the course that needs to be followed to obtain a quality puppy but so few people are willing to do that. The problems generated by people who are not interested in even attempting to breed to conform with the BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG BREED STANDARD are not just the lack of merit in the dogs they breed from and produce, but also the lack of guidance and nil education passed on to the buyers of those pups, many of whom evolve to become the next generation of opportunist breeders who decide to breed Bernese despite having minimal knowledge or long term interest. And they WILL do it just because they can.

There are many people out there - now - advertising themselves as "Breeders of Bernese Mountain Dogs" but just how truly Bernese-like WILL the pups they produce actually BE when they are the offspring of poorly constructed, untypical parents who are no more than tri-coloured DOGS with little or no recognisable merit other than being large dogs of the desirable colouring who are fertile? One current, self-promotional website declares the owners are "Breeders of Bernese" with exacting high standards when they HAVEN'T even bred a litter yet and the potential dam they are PLANNING to breed from has a pedigree which includes VERY CLOSE RELATIVES bred by an infamous and convicted PUPPY FARMER!

Dog breeding is attractive to opportunists because it is one of very few enterprises which generates large sums of cash from a low set-up cost - all that is needed is a fertile bitch and access to a male dog for stud purposes. Opportunist dog breeders ALWAYS promote themselves and their dogs in the most glowing terms and the rosy-spectacled dog-loving public are often so focussed on just obtaining a new, "cute fur-baby" that they fail to question credentials and so the breeders avoid scrutiny.

In the case of Bernese there is usually an unending stream of un-discerning folk willing to buy the puppies, and breeders are rarely challenged by the dissatisfied owners of their "faulty" puppies as most owners are devoted to their dogs and wouldn't ever consider returning the dog in exchange for a refund. It is no surprise that an increasing number of people who are otherwise disinterested in dogs in general and Bernese in particular spotted a lucrative financial opportunity and without hesitation grabbed it with both hands.

We were all 'Bernese Beginners' once - even those of us who had knowledge of other breeds before acquiring our first Bernese. Every Bernese owner starts out as a novice and some of us pursue knowledge and gain experience to progress beyond 'novice' stage whilst others may not. Dog breeding IS an activity that everyone "learns on the job" but NO ONE should embark upon dog breeding without FIRST acquiring a good grounding in general knowledge of canine anatomy, health, behaviour, management and husbandry coupled with an understanding of all the specific distinctive and desirable traits of the chosen breed and to have secured a close insight into the faults and virtues that are visible and also lie within the pedigrees of the dogs being bred from.

Unfortunately novice breeders who lack sufficient knowledge of the breed and do not even have the advantage of being guided by an experienced, reputable mentor are now the source of poor quality Bernese representing a high percentage of the breed population. To learn about any breed one needs to spend a lot of time with the breed (other than our own dogs) and interact with and learn from other owners and breeders of repute who have experience and in-depth knowledge. As I have written before and I make no excuses for repeating it here, gaining valuable knowledge is not a quick process!

Although dog breeding is a very complicated topic, there are THREE BASIC FACTORS which are generally considered to be of primary importance for those who desire to breed quality, healthy pedigree dogs;

1 - In depth knowledge of the breed,
2 - Integrity, and
3 - Dogs which are of sufficiently high breed quality and thereby good enough to breed from.

BUT .....

1 - this cannot be acquired without serving an apprenticeship which is ideally overseen and guided by an established, reputable mentor who has earned their stripes.
2 - cannot be acquired - you either have it or you don't, and
3 - you cannot determine if you have dogs of quality unless you are already in possession of 1 and 2!

The demand for, and prices commanded by Bernese puppies has not gone unnoticed by an increasing number of owners of companion Bernese who have no knowledge and care even less about what faults and virtues lie in the pedigree of their own bitch and simply seek any conveniently located male of the same breed (although NOT always the same breed - huge numbers of Bernese crossbreeds are being produced nowadays too!). Advertisements offering poor quality Bernese are now in abundance, and those offered for sale without KC registration were almost unknown until a decade ago but now seen depressingly too often.

Of course owning a Bernese is not an exclusive right for the privileged few or even dedicated breeders and committed enthusiasts, but in a complicated, challenging breed like Bernese there IS a convincing argument that BREEDING Bernese should be in the hands of only those who have served an apprenticeship of learning within and amongst the knowledgeable Bernese fraternity first!

EVERY DOG regardless of size, shape colour or place of origin deserves to be happy, loved and well-cared for and rightly so BUT EVERYONE who professes to "LOVE" Bernese COULD, and arguably SHOULD be playing a part in helping to MAINTAIN and PRESERVE the very special and unique and desirable QUALITIES, HERITAGE and FUTURE of our wonderful breed and you CAN do that by NOT endorsing breeders who are profiteering by exploiting the breed for personal gain yet are putting nothing of true value into the gene pool. 




Jude Simonds

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