Bernese News 18th March 2015


I was recently reminded of this "list" of 20 Basic Breeding Principles which was compiled
by Raymond Oppenheimer, the world-famous authority and breeder of the Ormandy/Souperlative
kennel of Bull Terriers.  Although Bull Terriers are regarded as a "head breed" and notoriously
difficult to fix quality, much of the content of the "list" is applicable to those who aspire to breed
quality Bernese who meet the breed Standard.

Twenty Basic Breeding Principles by Raymond H. Oppenheimer

1. Don't make use of indiscriminate outcrosses. A judicious outcross can be of great value, an
injudicious one can produce an aggregation of every imaginable fault in the breed.

2. Don't line breed just for the sake of line breeding. Line breeding with complementary types
can bring great rewards; with unsuitable ones it will lead to immediate disaster.

3. Don't take advice from people who have always been unsuccessful breeders. If their opinions
were worth having they would have proved it by their successes.

4. Don't believe the popular cliché about the brother or sister of the great champion being just
as good to breed from. For every one that is, hundreds are not. It depends on the animal concerned.

5. Don't credit your own dogs with virtues they don't possess. Self-deceit is a stepping stone
to failure.

6. Don't breed from mediocrities; the absence of a fault does not in any way signify the
presence of its corresponding virtue.

7. Don't try to line breed to two dogs at the same time; you will end by line breeding to neither.

8. Don't assess the worth of a stud dog by his inferior progeny. All stud dogs sire rubbish at
times; what matters is how good their best efforts are.

9. Don't allow personal feelings to influence your choice of a stud dog. The right dog for your
bitch is the right dog, whoever owns it.

10. Don't allow admiration of a stud dog to blind you to his faults. If you do you will soon be the
victim of auto-intoxication.

11. Don't mate together animals which share the same fault. You are asking for trouble if you do.

12. Don't forget that it is the whole dog that counts. If you forget one virtue while searching for
another you will pay for it.

13. Don't search for the perfect dog as a mate for you bitch.  The perfect dog (or bitch) doesn't
exist, never has and never will!

14. Don't be frightened of breeding from animals that have obvious faults so long as they have
compensating virtues. A lack of virtues is far the greatest fault of all.

15. Don't mate together non-complementary types. An ability to recognize type at a glance is
a breeder's greatest gift; ask the successful breeders to explain this subject - there is no other
way of learning. (I would define non-complimentary types as ones which have the same faults
and lack the same virtues.)

16. Don't forget the necessity to preserve head quality. It will vanish like a dream if you do.

17. Don't forget that substance plus quality should be one of your aims. Any fool can breed one
without the other!

18. Don't forget that a great head plus soundness should be another of your aims. Many people
can never breed either!

19. Don't ever try to decry a great Bull Terrier. A thing of beauty is not only a joy forever but a
great Bull Terrier should be a source of aesthetic pride and pleasure to all true lovers of the breed.

20. Don't he satisfied with anything but the best. The second best is never good enough.


Tanya Shields emailed;

"Here are the results from the first Championship Show of 2015 which was the Irish Kennel Club
Celtic Winners Show held at Cloghran with breed, agility and obedience classes.  It was a bitterly
cold day with a wind to chill you through.  The Bernese breed ring was fortunately inside but
obedience was outside.

"Winners in the Junior class at this show gain the title of Celtic Junior Winner 2015 (CJW15)
and the Green Star Bitch and Dog gain the title of Celtic Winner 2015 (CW15) subject to Irish
Kennel Club confirmation.


"Here  is a photo of Linda O'Neill with her Theo collecting her prize for the Pre-Beginners/Beginners Obedience Dog of the Year 2014.  Congratulations to all winners on the day."

Green Star Dog & Best of Breed Embleton's Ch, GB Ch Bernemcourt Fascination JW ShCM,
Ir Jun.Ch Jt AnCh 11, AnCh 12, CJW 11
Reserve Green Star Dog Giffney's Doremis Lolvo Kid
Green Star Bitch & Reserve Best of Breed  Embleton's Bernemcourt Bed Of Roses
Reserve Green Star Bitch  Butler's Siansela Miss Anja

Junior Dog
1st Pustowar's Black Prince.
2nd Murphy's Kinelarty Benvenuto Bjorn Jun.Ch

Intermediate Dog
1st Erskine's Devael Blurred Vision Jun.Ch

Open Dog
1st Giffney's Doremis Lolvo Kid
2nd McMullen's Bernemcourt Just A Dream At Glenhunt
3rd O'Callaghan's Ausiere Great Mate For Ridgewater CJW2014, Ir Jun.Ch

Champion Dog
1st Embleton's Ch, GB Ch Bernemcourt Fascination JW ShCM, Ir Jun.Ch Jt
AnCh 11, AnCh 12, CJW 11

Puppy Bitch
1st Butler's Siansela Louisa's Alpine Sky
2nd O'Callaghan's Jo-Jo Pride Of Justin

Junior Bitch
1st Embleton's Bernemcourt Bed Of Roses
2nd O'Callaghan's Mapleridge Absoulutely Fabulous

Open Bitch
1st Butler's Siansela Miss Anja
2nd Murphy's Kinelarty Amo Tiziana Jun. Ch
Judge - Mr D Timmins



Open Show judge - Neil Heslam
Special Members Awards judge -  Angela Heslam

Firstly, we would like to thank the club for  inviting us to judge their open show. Thank you to the
exhibitors for their entries and the fantastic atmosphere round the ring .Thank you to our stewards
Karen and Heather also to Mary for the lovely lunch. We really did have a fantastic day.
Neil and Angela 

Open Show Classes
Judge: Neil Heslam

Minor Puppy Dog  (5 entries)

1st  Miles' Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem.  A male of lovely proportions, well developed.  7 1/2
months with lovely head and bite. Excellent front assembly, well ribbed with a great rear to
match. He moved very well for one so young, totally sound and for me possesses all the credentials
to be a big winning dog. Certainly the dog I would have taken home. Best Puppy in Show. 
2nd Green's Waldershelf Here Comes Erik.  7 months, of longer length than 1st but a little finer
in bone. Again he is lovely made, different in type to 1st but still all quality.  He is well put together
and has great angles for a youngster. He has a pleasing head, excellent bite. Lovely feet, firm
pasterns.  Moved totally sound both ways, another male who I will keep an eye on.
3rd Romanov's Waldershelf Fancy Phoenix.  7 months, a real handful for his owner. He is a
pleasing young man but needs to tighten as he is not as developed as 2nd.  Again he was very
sound and with maturity will make a nice male.

Puppy Dog  (4 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Miles' Kernow Claptons Greatest For Jaybiem.
 10 months, of lovely size and build with
excellent bone. He is an honest, strong puppy, a little narrow in chest but plenty of time for that to
develop. He again has a lovely head with great width and correct bite. I liked his tail set and he
moved soundly.
2nd Romanov's Waldershelf Fancy Phoenix.
3rd Minnican's Collansues Sugar Daddy At Newkasbern. 
A  darkly marked, 12 months male
who possesses a good width of chest.   Nice head, eye and bite. Through the body he is long cast,
tail set a bit high and carried high but very sound on the move.

Junior Dog  (2)
1st Blenkinsopp's Mountain Crystal Don’t Forget Me At Thiesbern (Imp Hun).
Male of medium
build, I would prefer more bone. Pleasing head and eye, good front assembly. Well marked. A tad
long in body for height but moved well today; clean and sound. He still has plenty of time to mature.
2nd Allison's Tickbern Space Cowboy for Alisnobern.  Male of shorter type and better bone than
1st.  His rear needs to tighten. He has a good strong head, eyes a little loose, over marked in areas. 
Nice tail set. Moved erratically today, will look much better on grass and in a bigger ring.

Yearling Dog  (3)
1st Owen's Vellbern The Rainmaker. 
Male of lovely shape, I like his shape of hind quarters which
won the class.  Head is pleasing, could do with more neck.  Front assembly is good, as is feet. His
bone could be  stronger. He is very sound, needs to watch tail carriage as he can get a bit excited
but really strode out showing good reach and drive.
2nd Gopal's Collansues Secret Bridges.  Bigger in body than 1st and I liked this one’s rear
angulation over 3rd. I prefer his size to 1st and he has a lovely head. Today he was very sound
coming and going.
3rd Hardy's Trudaleaze He’s Adorable.  Male of good size.  Lovely head and expression
however he is narrow in chest. His neck is of good length as is his back length. Topline strong and
tail set correct. He was immaculately presented and moved well once settled.

Novice Dog   (1, 1) 

Graduate Dog  (2)
1st Dedman's Lowcroft Blakemere.
  Medium size and bone, shapely boy. Head could be stronger
as could his rear hocks but moved very well today. In good coat and was well marked. He was
presented well and maturity won over 2nd.
2nd Green's Millenium Star Email Of Happiness At Pasturegreen (Imp Rus).  A  pleasing male
currently below medium size.   Better head than 1st, nice bone for size,  shown today in totally no
coat. He has a well made front, rear needs more angulation. Today he moved soundly fore and aft
and was very well behaved.

Post Graduate Dog  (5, 1)
1st Green's Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure (Imp Can).
  A new one for me, never seen him before, a
wonderful boy of lovely shape.  Masculine head with kind expression.  Bone is of very good
strength. He has a wonderful neck, well laid shoulders and the best of chests. His rear is again
complimentary to his front, great rear angulations and well let down hocks. Today he was totally
sound and straight as an arrow but I felt an indoor ring is way too small for this dog and the bitch
moved better in the challenge. Will watch his future with interest.  Best Dog & Reserve Best in

2nd Round's Collansues Black Magic.  A male of  stronger strength than 1st. 
Again a good head, stop and markings, he was shown in good coat.  Very happy temperament. 
Slightly dippy in top line. Strong rear, well angulated and correct hocks.  Moved sound today.
3rd Owen's Vellbern the Rainmaker.

Limit Dog  (1)
1st  King & Bramble's Shirdees Continental JW. 
Male of below medium size but of good
proportions.  Lovely head and expression, he is an honest dog.  Very sound, a little close behind
when going away but excellent coming towards. He is nice to go over, clean lines and was
presented very well. In good coat today.

Open Dog  (3, 1)
1st Jaybiem I Tri For Shadybower JW.
  Male below medium size but immaculately turned as
always from this kennel. He has a pleasing head, well marked.  His front is very good, well laid
shoulders, excellent width and depth of chest. His topline was strong, body well ribbed, his rear
was a little straight in stifle but this didn’t seem to affect his movement. He was sound coming and
going. Liked him a lot. Reserve Best Dog.
2nd Hardwick's Sanmarwell Harvey Moon Of Brookbern.
  Male  of better bone than 1st but
was a little narrow throughout hence this placing. He is of longer cast and has a pleasing head
and good bite. Again sound on the move, good tail set and carriage, well presented.

Veteran Dog  (3, 1)
1st Avery's Kyleburn Night Quintillion.
 8.5 year old male who is looking very well for his age,
he moved like a dog half his age! Today he never put a foot wrong. He is well made throughout
and very honest. He has a pleasing front, good length of body, tail set spot on and a decent rear
assembly. He was shown in good condition.
2nd Dadd's Collansues Special Dreamer.  9.5 year old male who is still in good condition and
shape for his age. He is a longer cast male than 1st, shown in good coat.  He was well made
throughout but on the move he wasn’t as sound as 1st. He was very well behaved.

Veteran Bitch  (8, 1)
1st King & Bramble's Ch Shirdees Bobbie Dazzler. 
A bitch who I seen years ago and liked,
then as a junior, however I have not seen her since. She is gorgeous. I think she is a wonderful
size, lovely bone and substance. She is very well made all through and certainly built for purpose.
She had the best head of the day for me and for a veteran put on a great performance. She is still
sound and a very worthy champion. She was shown in lovely condition. To be critical I would like
her tan to be darker but it was a pleasure judging her. Reserve Best Bitch and Best Veteran
in Show

2nd Harris' Vellbern Geisha Girl.  A quality bitch who is my type. She is shapely in profile. On
examination she has a good front and rear assembly, I really liked her head and eye. Her topline
was a little soft today but moved very well indeed. Very sound coming and going and was well
3rd Granger's Ch Bernfold Back To Ziggy At  Shadybower JW.  Another worthy champion
who I have judged before and always placed highly. I still like her. She is a dark bitch but totally
feminine and is the best of shapes. She is very well made throughout but today she is showing
her age. Moved well behind but a little wide and soft in front.

Minor Puppy Bitch  (6, 1)
1st Green's Waldershelf All About Edna.  
It  is all about Edna. I really liked her. Although she
is very raw still and needs to tighten she is a delightful puppy. I like her shape, lovely temperament,
made a lovely picture standing and moved very well. Very sound coming and going. Two lovely
puppies from this kennel, best of luck with them.
2nd Miles' Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.  Another quality puppy from this kennel.  Bigger built
than 1st, I like her size, colour and bone. Her head needs to come on but is pretty. This bitch was
well made throughout and when settled moved well and was sound. Just needs time.
3rd Weston's Bernfawr In Vogue.  Another shapely puppy completing a trio of promising
youngsters.  Her head was better than 2nd but I preferred the  shape of  2nd. Again she is well
made throughout, well presented and moved well for a baby.

Puppy Bitch  (3, 1)
1st Tomkins' Meadowpark Hopes And Dreams.  
11 months bitch who was shown in lovely
condition. She has a pleasing head, eye a little round but has excellent front assembly. She is of
good length, tail carried correctly, she has good hindquarters and moved very well.
2nd Robinson's Chippis Diamond Dream.  Bitch of smaller type and for me head is too weak.
She does have good bone for her size, a bit straight in her rear angulation but she moved well
going and coming towards.

Junior Bitch  (2, 1)
1st Green's Alpenspirit Que Sera Sera (Imp Can).
  A  beautiful bitch who really left her coat
at home, however all was on show. She is a good sized bitch and has a beautiful head. Very
feminine throughout. She has a good neck and topline, a little wide in chest, well ribbed and of
good length. She has lovely quarters, moved very soundly however is a bit wide in front coming
towards. Tail carriage also needs to be watched but a very nice young bitch,

Yearling Bitch  (4)
1st Collansues Mountain Angel.
  A dark bitch who won class on her soundness. She is totally
feminine. I love her shape and is really well put together. On the move her topline is a little soft
but she has time on her hands. Coming towards she is excellent and going away she was moving
with good drive. Liked her lots.
2nd Trevett's Vellbern The Rain Dancer.  I did prefer this bitch's head to 1st but lost out in front
movement.  She is a lovely girl, well put together and shown in lovely condition. She moved very
freely around the ring and was well presented.
3rd Wills' Kernow Moon Dust.  A bitch  who frustrated me as she is very nice indeed. She was
not enjoying herself today which was a real shame. She again is lovely made and made the most
of herself moving. She is very sound and has such good bone for her size.  Hope to see her again
on a better day as she would have certainly gave 1st and 2nd a run for their money.

Novice Bitch  (2)
1st Wills' Kernow Moon Dust.
2nd Stelmach & Davis' Chippis Diamond In The Sky.
 A pretty bitch, who was unfortunately
carrying too much weight today. However, on assessment I found her very honest, moderate bone
and today she moved well and was sound.

Graduate Bitch  (3, 2)
1st Stelmach & Davis' Chippis Diamond In The Sky.

Post Graduate Bitch  (4, 1)
1st King & Bramble's Shirdees Shelby.  
A pretty girl, darkly marked but totally feminine. She
was the best mover in the class. An honest girl, well put together and very shapely.  Her front is
well made, her back is strong and level, excellent tail set. Her rear was well angulated and muscled.
Well presented and put on a good show.
2nd Stelmach & Davis' Chippis She’s A Diamond.  Bitch of shorter length than 1st and not so
strong in head. She did have good bone for her size and build. Today she moved very well, very
sound and shown in good coat. Well presented.
3rd Blenkinsopp's Northmeadow Porsche At Thiesbern.  A taller bitch who does have a nice
shaped head but eyes a little loose. Her body was shapely but although she was sound today she
did move close behind.

Limit Bitch  (3, 1)
1st Allison's Tickbern Quick Step For Alisnobern.
  A lovely girl who won class on movement.
She is a fab mover, she is sound and moves so free. She has a pretty head, just my type, very
feminine.  Well made front, well sprung ribs, body of correct length. Her rear was strong, well
muscled and strong well let down hocks. Liked her a lot.
2nd Granger's Monalou Peggy Sue At Shadybower JW.  A quality bitch who is very feminine.
Presented in immaculate order and behaved faultless. She is very well made all through, has a
lovely head piece and bite. She is a great shape, well angulated fore and aft. The hall floor is not
ideal for this bitch as 1st performed better today. However she still moved well.

Open Bitch  (6, 1)
1st Trevett's Ch Vellbern You Japanese Gem.  
A bitch who I have seen before but never studied
her. She isn’t the most flashy or glamorous but she is an excellent honest bitch. Today she showed
a treat, she is of longer cast and has a beautiful head. To go over she is a pleasure, love her front
assembly, great topline, tail set bang on.  To be critical I would like more turn of stifle but this did not
affect her movement today. She was so sound, great reach and followed by a powerful drive. A
worthy champion. Thanks for bringing her. Best Bitch and Best in Show. 
2nd Miles' Ch Jaybiem Ikea JW ShCM.  Another quality champion who I have judged before. I like
her size and strength. She has a nice head, would like a better eye however she is still feminine.
She has a great neck and shoulders, a good length in body and scores on rear as her angulation is
better than 1st. Today she was very sound but 1st put on the better performance.
3rd Chippis Black Diamond.  A rather compact bitch that was very feminine. She has good bone,
carrying too much weight but overall sound and moved well today.

1st Trevett's two pretty girls, lovely pair.  Both of similar excellent type and build. Both were at one
with their handler.  Both attentative and both moved well. Two quality, clean Bernese.
2nd Stelmach & Davis' two pretty girls both enjoying their day out. Both have nice heads, bone
and moved at one with their handler.

Special Members Awards
Judge: Angela Heslam

Special Members Puppy Award  (4 entries, 1 absentee)
1st  Green's Bernsego Jack Vorobey At Pasturegreen. 
Just  6 months & 5 days old. A minor
puppy still in early development.  Lovely dark eye, enough stop.  Good shoulder and forearm. 
Rounded rump.  Moved happily with handler.
2nd Romanov's Waldershelf Fancy Phoenix. A  happy dog developing nicely. Strong head, nice
eye.  Good shoulder.  Just needs time to settle, could change places with 1st .
3rd Game's Chippis Magic Diamond.  7 months, small male.  Nice head, eye and type.  Well
ribbed, rounded rump, good tail set.  Moved soundly.

Special Members Junior Award  (1)
1st Green's Alpenspirit Que Sera Sera (Imp Can). 
Of good type, attractive head, lovely dark
eye.  Good shoulder, level topline to a good tail set.  Moved well, left coat at home today.

Special Members Post Graduate Award  (9, 4)
1st Trevett's Vellbern The Raindancer. 
Very promising young, shapely bitch.  Feminine head,
lovely dark eye.  Good shoulder, well ribbed.  In full coat, moved with drive .
2nd King & Bramble's Shirdees Shelby.  A feminine bitch with lovely shape and outline. Good
neck, shoulder and forearm.  Good angulation. Moved well.
3rd Green's Millenium Star Email Of Happiness At Pasturegreen (Imp Rus).  Medium  size male,
no coat. Nice head with dark eye.  Good shoulder and forearm, just needs to mature.  Moved well.

Special Members Open Award  (8, 3)
1st Trevett's Ch Vellbern You Japanese Gem.  
A lovely big, feminine bitch.  Nice head, good stop,
dark eye.  Good neck, shoulder and forearm.  Well ribbed, she moved soundly and true.
2nd Green's Waldershelf Happy Hattie.  A small veteran bitch with lovely shape and outline.  Good shoulder and forearm.  Well ribbed, rounded rump.  Cat-like feet, just out-moved today.  Could
change places with 1st.
3rd King & Bramble's Shirdees Continental JW.  Medium male with  a gorgeous head and
expression. Good shoulder, well ribbed. nice rump.  In good coat, would like to see him in a
bigger ring outside.

Jude Simonds


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