Bernese News 2nd March 2015


The Kennel Club is alerting anyone travelling to Crufts of road closures in the
West Midlands area which may affect journeys to and from the NEC in Birmingham.

The Highways Agency has released the following details:

***  M42 Junction 6 (NEC Junction), West Midlands. Carriageway works.

The Southbound Exit Slip will be closed from 2 March to 7 March between 10pm
and 5am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

***  M42 Junction 2 to 3, West Midlands. Carriageway works.

The Northbound carriageway will be closed from 2 March to 6 March between 10pm
and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

***  M42 – M5 Jct 4 to M42 Jct 2, West Midlands. Carriageway works.

The Northbound carriageway will be closed from 4 March to 5 March between 9pm
and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

***  M5 Junction 4, West Midlands. Carriageway works.

The north and southbound carriageway will be closed from 2 March to 8 March
between 9pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

***  M6 Junction 13 to 12 , West Midlands. Carriageway works.

The Southbound carriageway will be closed from 10pm and 6am 2 March to 7 March.
A diversion route will be clearly signposted or alternatively there is the M6
Toll that will bypass these works.


The Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement is published quarterly and records the
transactions of the Kennel Club Register.  With the AR4 issue now to hand completing
the records for the period 1st January to 31st December 2014 inclusive we can look at
some statistics for Bernese.

During 2014 there were a total of 652 individual registrations which is within the range of
the Bernese registrations and numbers of litters spanning the past decade which
were as follows; 

2005:  768 - 137
2006:  792 - 137
2007:  631 - 115
2008:  680 - 119
2009:  706 - 127
2010:  613 - 106
2011:  730 - 131
2012:  494 -   87
2013:  636 -   97
2014:  652 - 107

Of  those 107 litters, 94 were registered using a Kennel Name (affix) and 13 litters without. 
One breeder registered 4 litters and 5 breeders each registered 3 litters.

26 litters are marked as born by emergency caesarean and 5 more by elective surgery.  

The numerically largest litters were one litter of 14 and another of 12, and at the other end
of the scale there are 6 registrations of singletons. 

The oldest Dams were 7 years 3 months (4 litters totalling 20 puppies) 
and another of 7 years 2 months (4 litters totalling 23 puppies). 

The youngest Dam at date of whelping was 2 days short of 15 months,
another was a day under 16 months,
and another Dam was 3 days under 17 months and whelped two consecutive 
litters of 5 + 7 pups seven months apart. 

Two other Dams whelped two consecutive litters;  
4 + 5 pups born 7 months apart and 
9 + 9 pups born 7 months apart. 

The most popular stud sired 10 litters,
another stud sired 6 litters,
two sired 5 litters,
one sired 4 litters
and four sired 3 litters each. 

The youngest studs were 11 months old and 11 1/2 months old at time of their first

The oldest sire was 9 years and 3 months. 

4 sires reside overseas,
12 sires were imports and
10 sires are UK Champions.

There were 39 Imports during 2014 (14 dogs and 25 bitches)  originating from;

Belgium - 2
Canada - 2
Czech Republic - 2
Hungary - 3
Italy - 2
Latvia - 2
Lithuania - 5
Poland - 5
Republic of
Ireland - 8
Russian Federation - 2
Serbia - 1
Slovakia - 1
Spain - 2
Sweden - 1
Ukraine - 1

There were only 2 exports;
1 import from Spain was then exported to  Australia,
and 1 import from Germany was exported to Spain. 

These figures are comparable with the number of imports and exports in recent years;

2010:  17 imports - 6 exports
2011:  12 - 2
2012:   21
2013:   39 - 3

Some of you may be surprised that the registration and litter figures aren't rising annually
but of course the Kennel Club figures don't record everything that happens
within the UK Bernese population - ONLY the Kennel Club transactions which do
NOT include the massive increase in non-Kennel Club registered Bernese which we
are experiencing here in the UK.


Helen Davenport emailed;

"The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of GB held an Advanced Judging Seminar and
Judging Competence Assessment on Saturday 31st January at the Kennel Club
Building, Stoneleigh. Organised in accordance with the Kennel Club's Best Practice
Guidelines, there were limited places available and of the 23 individuals who applied
initially, 21 took part on the day.  The seminar had been advertised as open to all
aspiring BMD judges,  specialist and non specialist, with  priority  being given to those
on club's “B” list;  followed by the “C” list.  

"After a welcome briefing and resume of the day, candidates were assured that  all the
paperwork they handed in would be in an anoymous capacity and would be presented
to and judged by the assessors in this way. They were also reminded that at all  stages
of the “examination" process, there should be no conferring with other individuals and
that the use of any paperwork appertaining to the breed standard etc.,  including via
mobile phones, tablets or any other electronic device,  should not be referred to.  

"The day constituted two parts. The early part of the morning session was taken up with
a breed presentation, followed by a short refreshment break. Back at their desks,
candidates  were presented with a set of twenty questions on the breed standard. 
Once they had completed this section and handed in their replies, there was an
opportunity to look at dogs both standing and moving  with of a number of CC judges. 

"After lunch, the candidates were randomly selected into two groups and allocated a
panel of assessors which consisted of  4 BMD Ch show judges, one acting as moderator.
(Earlier in the day, the assessors had agreed the placings in order of merit, for the five
dogs in their group). Candidates were then required to go over five dogs, (whose
handlers displayed an alphabetical number for reference), decide how they would place
them (first to last), write their decision on a designated sheet  of paper and hand it in to
the secretary.  Following on,  they then had to write their critiques, listing the merits and
demerits of each individual dog in order,  to substantiate their placings. With this section
completed they handed their paperwork in.  

"For their part, the two groups of assessors,  both in a separate  designated area, had to
read through the individual's written work, assess it on merit and  then grade accordingly. 
Successful candidates were awarded a Pass certificate and unsuccessful candidates, a
Certificate of Attendance. Notification of the grades were sent out in the post.
Of the 21 candidates who took part, ten were successful. 

"The Kennel Club is pro- active in encouraging breed clubs to take an active role in the
education of judges. With this in mind, it is hoped that the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of
GB, will be organising another judging seminar in 2016. Details of which will be on the
website "



Venue; National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham B40 1NT 
Judge;  Amanda Hearne (Snoanda)
PLEASE NOTE - This is a 4 day show
Day 1 5th - Gundog
Day 2 6th - Working & Pastoral
Day 3 7th - Terrier, Hound & Obedience
Day 4 8th - Toy, Utility & Agility
Further information contact;
The Kennel Club, 1 - 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB
Tel; 01296 318540

Venue;  The Old Rectory, Little Packington, Meriden, Warwickshire.
Further information contact;
Club secretary;  Mike Sargent. Kiln Cottage, Dunton Road, Stewkley, Nr Leighton
Buzzard, Beds.  LU7 0LU  
Tel; 01525 240304   Email: 


Venue;  Snaith Sports Hall, Pontefract Road, Snaith, N Humberside DN14 9LB
Judge;  Svante Frisk (Sweden) 
Further information contact;
Club secretary;  Shelagh Corrigan. 475 Wellbeck Road, Walker, Newcastle Upon
Tyne.  NE6 2PB 
Tel; 0191 265 2686      Email:  

27th  entries close (postmark) for the BMD Club of Great Britain Open Show to
be held on 19th April at  Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside,
Sheffield.  S35 8PR.  Judge: Sandra Hallam  (Oldberne) 
Further information contact;
Club secretary;  Karen Bird.  3 Nocton Road, Wroughton, Wilts SN4 0TS
Tel; 01793 845445     Email:

Venue;  The Oak Room, The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, 
West Sussex RH10 4LJ   
Further information contact;
Club secretary; Trish Goodyear. 61 Harvest Bank Road, West Wickham, 
Kent.  BR4 9DP  
Tel; 0208 4624769    Email:



I would like to thank all of those who entered the show and for the invite to judge.
Movement was difficult to really assess due to the ring being slippery and not big
enough for the dogs to really stride out. Temperaments and bites were good

Junior   (2 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Westlake’s Jesterbrook Secret Romance. Best Puppy & Working Group 3.

Just  6 months of age, her first show. Full of confidence and enjoying her day out. Lovely
bone, level top line, good bend of stifle. Moved well when she settled down. Lovely dark
eyes, kind expression.. Very pleased to see her get 3rd in Puppy Group.
One to watch.

Post Graduate  (4, 2)
1st Trevett’s Vellbern The Rain Dancer. Reserve Best of Breed. 
2 year old bitch.
Good topline, bend of stifle, deep chest.  Lovely feminine expression with dark eyes.
Good reach of neck. Moved with drive. Well-muscled. Just forgot her coat!
2nd Blenkinsopp’s Mountain Crystal Don’t Forget Me At Thiesbern.  19 month old dog.
Needs time to mature. At present looks a little short in neck in proportion to his size. Level
topline.  Good bone. Moved well in the small ring.

Open  (7, 4)
1st Bramble’s Shirdees Continental JW.  Best of Breed & Working Group 2.

2 1/2 year old dog. Eye catcher when he came into the ring. Lots to like about this lad.
Lovely broad head, good stop. Dark eyes. Dark tan. Good reach of neck, deep chest.
Level top line. Good bend of stifle. Well muscled. Moved with plenty of drive. A good
solid working dog. Pleased to see him placed 2nd in the Working Group.
2nd Blenkinsopp’s Northmeadow Porsche At Thiesbern.  2 ½ year old bitch.
Lovely kind expression. Dark eyes. Good length of neck, level topline. Good bend of
stifle, well-muscled, moved well. Another girl that left her coat at home.
Judge - Lynn Jones

Jude Simonds

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