Bernese News 22nd March 2016


KENNEL CLUB BREED RECORDS SUPPLEMENT 1st January  - 31st December 2015

The fourth and final quarter of the Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement for 2015 has
arrived and makes interesting reading. 

The end of year total for 2015 is 459 registrations which is lower than previous years.
For comparison there were 
730 in 2011, 494 in 2012, 636 in 2013 and 652 in 2014.    

The 81 litters representing 426 puppy registrations with litter sizes ranging from 
seven singleton litters to three litters of 12 puppies and litters of every size in-between.
The youngest sire was 10 months old at the time of mating.
The oldest sire was 7 years and 2 months.  

Four studs each sired 4 litters,
Five males sired 3 litters each,
Twelve males sired 2 litters and
26 different males sired 1 litter each. 

Eight of those sires were UK Champions, 11 were imports and one sire resides overseas.  

Three of the dams of registered litters were UK Champions and 7 dams were imports.

Five dams were recorded as having whelped 4 litters,
Four dams had whelped 3 litters,
26 had whelped 2 litters each and the remainder were recorded as having produced just 
one registered litter.

Five bitches appear to have whelped litters at two consecutive seasons with litters born
6, 6, 7, 71/2 and 9 months apart. 

Five dams were over 7 years old - the oldest being 7 years and 8 months old at date of 

There were three young dams who were 12, 15 and 16 months old respectively at time of 
their mating.

Three litters are listed as the result of elective caesarean sections
Nineteen litters are listed as the result of emergency c-section. 

71 litters were registered with a kennel name (affix)
10 litters without a kennel name.

Two breeders registered 4 litters each within the calendar year.
Four breeders registered 3 litters each within the calendar year.

There were 33 imports from 14 different countries but no exports listed for 2015.   

The imports were;
1 Dog and 1 Bitch from Belgium,
1 Bitch from Bulgaria,
1 Bitch from Croatia,
1 Bitch from Estonia,
1 Dog from France,
2 Dogs from Hungary,
2 Bitches + 1 Dog from Lithuania,
2 Bitches from Netherlands,
4 Bitches + 2 Dogs from Poland,
1 Bitch from Spain,
1 Bitch from Sweden,
5 Bitches + 3 Dogs from Republic Ireland,
3 Dogs from Russian Federation 
1 Dog from USA. 

127 Bernese were recorded as having been tested under the Joint KC/BVA Hip Dysplasia 

83 dogs had scores ranging between 0 -10,
32 scored between 11 - 20,
6 scored between 21 - 30 and
there were 6 dogs with higher scores of 31, 32, 36, 38, 40 and 82.

123 Bernese were tested under the Joint KC/BVA Elbow Dysplasia Scheme.
80 were recorded with a grade 0,
18 were grade 1,
17 were grade 2 and
8 were grade 3.
I and those others who subscribe to the Breed Record Supplement inevitably find the data 
nteresting but it is worth remembering that whilst the KC records give an indication of what
is happening within our breed, it doesn't tell the whole story.  We know that many litters of
Bernese are bred and sold without KC registration, and many Bernese imports enter the UK
without ever being 
registered with our Kennel Club.  

Even the information recorded in the Breed Records Supplement may not reflect actuality;
for example not all the puppies in any litter might be registered, the 'tally' of litters credited
to any dam is ONLY those litters which are KC registered and therefore doesn't include any
unregistered litters that dam may have also whelped and the "owner" of a dog in the KC
register may not in fact be the 'owner' the dog actually resides with.  

I hope you agree it's all very interesting stuff nevertheless! 


Jude Simonds


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