Bernese News 10th November 2018




Last weekend breed specialist Jane Keeves (Seveek) travelled northwards from the Midlands to judge at the Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland Championship show held at Ingliston to find 46 entries with 13 absentees across 12 classes.

For comparison the entry at the 2017 show was 50 entries with 7 absentees for breed specialist Anne Wells (Bernfold).

Winning his 49th CC and Best of Breed was Carole Hartley-Mair and Gary Dybdall's 3 1/2 year old Ch Meadowpark High Class (Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Meadowpark Sugar's Diva), who then went on to win the Working Group under breed specialist judge Gary Lewthwaite and then went forward to win Reserve Best in Show under all-rounder Steve Hall. Carole and Gary's Milo son, Carraigbern Lasting Impression For Meadowpark IKC took Best Puppy. Bred in Ireland by Valerie Hughes, he is out of the USA import Ir Ch Werlwind's Celtic Dream For Carraigbern. Carole and her late Mum Bernice also bred the Reserve Dog CC winner, Julie Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark JW who is a half brother to the CC winner x Meadowpark One Lover.  

The Bitch entry was topped my Esther-Ann McCormick's 7 1/2 year old Monalou Artic Queen winning her 2nd CC. Bred by Michele Gurney she is a daughter of Int Ch Bernerdalens Uno Amigo Bueno x Ch Monalou Little Miss Swiss.

The trip over from Ireland was well worth it for Sally and Philip Murphy's Finglebern Etude Erin Isle, a 3 year old bred in England by Ann Merrill and sired by Broels Mr Magic x Kinelarty Celtic Rhythym. Congratulations.




This first news story includes several photographs of different breeds, including one photo of a Bernese which is copied below.

Hungry dogs' jaw-dropping expressions as they open wide for treats

"These hungry canines were snapped with some VERY human looking expressions"

This second news story lists Bernese as top of the "Nice" list - the accompanying photo of a Bernese is copied below.

Dog Camera Company Tracks “Bark Alerts” To Determine Naughtiest And Nicest Breeds

The makers of a popular treat-dispensing dog camera, Furbo, made a list, and you know they checked it twice. Whether or not they pass on their findings to the big guy up north is yet to be determined, but their data collectors have put together a list of the naughtiest and nicest dog breeds.

Which list does your dog belong on?

The naughty and nice lists were made based on how often each dog breed barks when their families aren’t at home. It’s all thanks to a Furbo dog camera feature that lets people check in on their pets when there’s a noise disturbance. The camera, equipped with a microphone, can detect when a dog barks. It then sends an alert to the dog owner’s phone. It’s a handy feature that lets pet people keep tabs on their dogs during the day, and the anonymous data also formed the baseline for the much-anticipated naughty and nice lists.

Furbo users have dogs of all breeds and mixes, and the lists rank the top five naughtiest and nicest breeds based on the average number of barks a day. According to their findings, Samoyeds are the naughtiest dogs of all. These fluffy white sled dogs barked an average of 52.8 times a day during 2018. They’re smart, hard-working, and social dogs that tend to demand attention in all scenarios. They’re not necessarily known for being big barkers, but being left at home alone is reason enough to voice their displeasure.

The second place barking breed falls more in line with what dog people would expect. The Yorkshire Terrier is tiny, but they have a lot to say. They barked an average of 23.6 times a day. Going down the list, Poodles, Bichon Frises, and Dobermans all made it onto the naughty list.

Naughty List
Yorkshire Terrier
Bichon Frise

On the nice list, Furbo named the dog breeds that barked the least amount while their Furbo cameras were running. The Shiba Inu came in fifth place with a tolerable 8.1 barks a day. The Shetland Sheepdog and American Staffordshire Terrier were nearly tied with 6.1 and 6.2 barks a day respectively. In second place, West Highland Terriers impressed Santa’s helpers by letting out only 3.5 barks a day.

There can only be one “nicest” breed of all, and Furbo handed that title to the big and majestic Bernese Mountain Dog. Known for their good looks and size, Berners are loyal and gentle dogs. They have both brains and brawn, and they’ve been steadily making their way up the AKC’s list of most popular dog breeds. With their name on the nice list, it’s easy to see why.

Nice List

Bernese Mountain Dog
West Highland Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
American Staffordshire Terrier
Shiba Inu 



Such a fantastic opportunity to judge at the Southern breed show. I must thank the Secretary and Committee for giving me the appointment which I really enjoyed. This is a breed which over many years ago I would have loved to have owned. I was delighted to be given the chance to go over so many and was pleased with the quality of the entry and thank the exhibitors for giving me the honour to judge their lovely dogs. I would like to thank Mike Brind my very capable steward for his enjoyable company and expertise.

Puppy Dog (2 entries)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Magical Spell.
Good size to this strongly made youngster nearing his first birthday. Presents a powerful correctly built and balanced outline on the stance. Masculine head of strength, well-marked with nice stop, dark alert eyes with tight rims giving expression with the use from well set ears. Strong muscular neck into laid back shoulders with a correct upper arm angle. Firm back line and moulded rump to well set and carried tail. Body with substance, depth to chest and brisket with well sprung ribs and a powerful hindquarter which have a good return of stifle and straight hocks. Coat changing from puppy to adult, puppy coat needs taken out as spoiling a good textured coat trying to get through. Straight well boned legs and tight round feet well padded, sympathetically handled to get the best from him with good side stride and sound coming and going.
2nd Hewitson's Monalou C'est La Vie. Much smaller build to this very smart baby giving away so much in age to the winner, is so nicely put together he should have a certain show career. Well-marked strong head, good skull and balanced straight foreface, nice defined stop and furrow, dark expressive eyes needing to tighten in rims, correct strength of jaw. Strong length of neck into well laid back shoulders into his firm backline. Nicely angulated body with depth to his chest and brisket, ribs are well defined and back with short loin, enough breadth to quarters and thighs with bend to stifle and short straight hocks. Straight boned legs, strong compact feet, disappointed to see him hocking out and very close at foot, should certainly tighten with age.

Junior Dog (1)
1st Rumble's Harvestbank In Dreams Of Glenbrienz.
On going over this boy felt he had so much to offer. Lovely outline with correct balance, superbly textured and presented coat with such a lovely gleam to the black, clean white and rich reddish markings. Masculine well marked head with strength flat skull, good stop, alert dark almond shaped eyes, well hung and used ears giving expression, strong jaw. Muscular moderate neck into well laid-back shoulders to an upper arm with enough angle. Level firm back over a lovely body with depth and substance, well sprung ribs into a good loin, well held and carried tail. Hindquarters broad and muscled, correct bend of stifle and well let down hocks. Straight well boned and balanced forelegs, slight sloping pasterns, tight padded short feet. Strong dog to handle but was so true in his side action and had good reach and drive from that powerfully built rear, still retains a slight puppy body roll. Stood alone in the class so had to pulled out all the stops in a strong line up where he moved out with style and so true. Reserve Best Dog.

Special Yearling Dog (1)
1st Austen's Halesbern The Warriors.
Very nice size and outline, masculine strong head, flat skull little wide between his ears which were well set and carried, dark kind alert eyes, defined stop, strong muzzle. Proud head carriage on medium strong length of neck, well laid into shoulders and a firm level back. Very well angulated from shoulder to upper arm with depth to chest and brisket, with elbows well in on strongly boned straight forelegs and compact feet. Correct body weight with nice sprung ribs little long in loin, good strength of quarter with rounded rump, would have liked more return of stifle, straight hocks. Covered the ground well with good side gait, little close at foot behind but forward action sound, very well presented coat of good rich colour and lovely texture.

Maiden Dog (2 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Arciszewiska & Sherratt's Kyleburn Night Voyager.
In my opinion felt he was a little unbalanced being shorter in leg and much longer in his back. Masculine head nicely marked, flat skull good width and well-placed ears, dark eyes well shaped, enough stop, strong muzzle. Muscular neck but a little short. Little steep in shoulder and upper arm and needing a little more depth of chest. Level back of strength rump could be a little rounder, tail set on high and is carried a little proud. Beautiful coat condition and colour on a body with ribs well sprung, well boned legs with compact feet, hindquarters could be better angulated. Well handled and moved out well has good stride just fraction close at foot front and rear,

Novice Dog (2, 1)
1st Arciszewiska & Sherratt's Kyleburn Night Voyager.

Post Graduate Dog (3, 2)
1st King & Green's Joseph Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella JW (Imp Nld).
Very impressive on the stance and stands covering the ground well. Lovely markings to strong head flat skull defined stop nice furrow, dark expressive almond shaped eyes with expression from well used and set of ears. Strong straight muzzle. Moderate neck of strength well laid back sloping shoulder, would have like better angled upper arm, straight well boned legs with correct pasterns and round compact feet. Ribs well sprung in a body with good depth and substance and covered in a beautifully presented and conditioned soft flat richly coloured and nicely marked coat. Strong firm back with nicely rounded rump and tail set. Broad hindquarters well furnished, muscled with good turn of stifle and straight hocks, very stylish mover excellent side stride and very sound free mover with reach and drive.
2nd King & Bramble's Shirdees Leathal Weapon. Similar in size and build and covers the ground well, has a stunning head lovely width of skull and high set well hung ears, expression slightly spoilt by round eye. Defined stop and strong straight muzzle. Proud head carriage on moderate neck well muscled into sloping shoulders, lovely angulation from shoulder to upper arm and depth to chest and brisket. Back is a little long and topline dips on the stance and on the move. Body with depth and of good weight ribs well sprung but long in loin behind ribs. Muscular quarters, has good return of stifle and short hocks. Straight well bone forelegs feet could be tighter. Beautifully soft textured coat of rich colour and so well presented. Moved out with good side stride, close behind and little too wide at front but has reach and drive.

Limit Dog (5, 1)
1st Vaychkus & Vaickus' Flintas Kalnu Suo At Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lit).
Slightly smaller dog but completely breed balanced and looked very impressive on the stance and was so well handled to get the best from him. Strong nicely marked head flat skull good width with high set medium ears, dark almond shaped eyes, defined stop, strong straight muzzle. Beautiful head carriage on a strong medium neck which is set into sloping shoulders laid back into a level firm backline with rounded rump and correct tail set with nice bushy tail carriage. Well angulated front and rear quarters with balanced boned legs and tight compact feet, and well developed return of stifle and short straight hocks. Presented in a lovely conditioned richly coloured well marked, soft silky coat over a body with ribs well back and strong short loin. A very sound free mover with excellent side stride and so sound both ends. Certainly one with a future.
2nd Austen's Collansues Excalibur. Like my winner, is a very compact build and looked impressive on the stance he was just a bigger boy all over. Strong head flat skull good width with high set ears used to advantage with his expression from almond shaped dark eyes, good stop and furrow, flat muzzle black nose. Strong medium neck sloping shoulders firm back line to rounded rump, correct tail set and carriage. Well bodied with depth and substance, correctly angulated front with depth to chest, straight well boned legs and tight small compact feet. Conditioned silky slightly wavy coat with excellent colour and markings. Muscular hindquarters well developed making him a stylish mover who covered the ground well and soundly.
3rd Shaw's Glanzberg Moonlight Magic.

Open Dog (6)
1st Rothery's Ch Glamrock Graffiti Artist ShCM.
This 4 years old male certainly painted a picture for me today. I thought him stunning on the stance so well presented in a rich coal black conditioned coat with lovely clean white and rich reddish markings. Of a correct size and having a sturdy compact outline. Masculine head of strength, flat skull, high set well used ears, dark kind almond eyes, defined stop, slight furrow, straight muzzle, black nose. Correct head carriage on a medium length of neck with strength into well laid back sloping shoulders, a firm level topline, rounded rump well furnished quarters, well set and carried full bushy tail. Has a deep body with ribs well back with short strong loin. Enough chest depth, nicely angulated forequarters, straight well boned legs sloping pasterns and compact feet. Muscled broad thighs, good bend of stifle, straight short hocks. Very well handled to get the most from her dog who moved so correctly, he excelled in his movement with great stride and so sound Best Dog and Best opposite Sex.
2nd Shaw's Glanzberg Massif. A very breed type dog so well proportioned and looked stylish on the stance. Strong masculine head good flat skull with width, nice high set ears giving expression to his dark almond shaped eyes tight rims, defined stop slight furrow, straight muzzle. Would like little more neck in shoulder and correct angulated upper arm. Firm back line with rounded rump with a well set tail. Firm broad hindquarters, with strong return of stifle. Deep body with well sprung ribs and with good brisket depth. Very clean, conditioned coat with slight wavy and good shine to his black jacket and correctly marked rich red. Straight well boned balanced legs with feet tight enough. Felt this boy was slightly let down by his older handler but they worked well together showed style and soundness and did have balanced side stride.
3rd Gorbould's Baronbern Dino No Two.

Veteran Bitch (1)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Rosebud.
This lovely breed type bitch has a super outline and was so nice to go over. I could not believe she was 8 years old as she still retains great muscle strength and tone. Presented in a quality silky flattish coat in lovely condition and with rich colours. Strong head flat skull, defined stop with sweet expression from dark well shaped eyes, uses her high set on ears well giving expression. Straight foreface clean teeth. Moderate neck well laid back sloping shoulders into a firm level back and nicely set on and carried tail. Well angulated front and rear. Her great depth of chest, brisket and body with substance makes her look just a little short on the leg, well boned with compact tight small feet. So well handled to get the best from her, has good reach and drive, is sound both ends just a little close a foot behind.

Puppy Bitch (2, 1)
1st Glover's Maxima's Kingdom Queen Delta At Lalitabern.
Just 3 days off of her first birthday and well built for size and with good body depth and substance with rib well sprung and back with short loin well presented in a nicely marked and clean conditioned flat coat. Feminine head has just enough strength of skull, head is plain due to lacking in defined stop and odd marking of her white blaze, dark eyes enough foreface. Good neck length to shoulder into a firm level back moulded rump with low set tail with and odd action, carried very low with a slight wag. Correctly angulated front and rear. Balanced legs would like more strength to bone, tight enough feet. Moved wide at front but sound behind although close, covered the ground well. Best Puppy Bitch. Did not stay for the challenge

Junior Bitch (4, 2)
1st Gorbould's Glanzberg Only The Best.
Very impressive on the stance with a lovely overall shape with the correct balance. Very feminine head of strength good skull with width enough stop, dark alert eyes with expression from her high set well used triangle ears. Strong muscular moderate neck, clean into sloping shoulders and firm backline and round rump. Well angled fore chest with depth to chest, brisket and body which has substance and has sprung ribs well back into loin. Muscular hindquarters well defined stifle. Straight well boned and balanced legs with tight small feet. Beautifully presented coat in nice clean condition with rich reddish brown and clear white markings on jet black flat jacket. Moved out well not the stride due to handler but has good action and is free just moved close both ways.
2nd Glover's Maxima's Kingdom Queen Delta At Lalitabern.

Maiden Bitch (2, 1)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Magical Potion.
Very well schooled working well with her handler which makes her impressive on the stance. Of a nice size and correctly balanced with a very feminine, built strength of head, high set and shaped ears used well giving expression to her alert kind dark almond shaped eyes. Would have liked more definition in her stop. Strength to straight muzzle. Proud head carriage on moderate neck of strength into well laid sloping shoulders and firm topline and strong rump, well bodied with sprung ribs, well angulated front with depth to chest and brisket covered in a correctly marked rich coat with good soft texture. Strongly boned balanced legs with round short feet. Strong hindquarters well muscled would have liked more return of stifle. Correct side gait, very sound at front with reach. Rear with drive and push but toes in at foot. Using tail to advantage.

Graduate Bitch (3, 2)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Something Rosie.
Very well built 2 year old another with a well constructed body of a lovely size and balance. Very attractive head of strength, good flat skull, would have liked more defined stop, kind almond dark eyes, high set well used ears. strong straight muzzle. Holds head well on strong neck of moderate length into sloping shoulders and balanced firm topline to correct muscular rounded rump, nice furnishings. Would have liked more depth to chest and upper arm angulation, well bodied and ribbed back with nice substance and covered in a rich brown and white markings on her black gloss coat of nice texture and length, correct brush coated tail well carried and set on. Correct length of leg well boned with tight small feet. Stylish mover with free action very sound front reach but drive is close behind.

Post Graduate Bitch (4)
1st Bird & Head's Cullumbern Roman Toga With Millermead.
Headed a nice class of very smart bitches which was difficult to separate. Has a very feminine smart outline of correct balance. Really love her head so well put together and lovely marked giving expression. Proud head carriage on the best of necks, sloping shoulder so well angulated to upper arm with depth to chest and brisket with elbows well in on balanced and strongly boned legs. Firm backline over a body having depth and good weight with ribs well sprung back into good loin, muscular rounded rump, well developed stifle and thighs, straight short hocks. Beautifully conditioned jet black jacket with correct marked rich red tan and white markings. Carried tail well on the move which was sound both ends just little close behind, great side stride.
2nd King's Ecalpharas Moonshine Over Leapingwell. Very attractive well proportioned and sturdy bitch with a smart outline. Feminine well marked and built head of strength with flat skull, correct ear set and dark alert eyes. Correct defined stop and slight furrow, strong muzzle. Well developed moderate neck into shoulders long and sloping shoulders into a firm back and rounded rump. Nicely angulated shoulder to upper arm with depth to chest and brisket, lovely depth to body with ribs well sprung back with strong loin. Straight well boned and balanced legs correct pasterns and small tight feet. Coal black soft textured coat with correct bright markings. Muscular hindquarters, well defined stifle and short hocks. Stylish mover with correct side gait powerful reach and drive just little too close.
3rd King & Bramble's Shirdees Miss Congeniality JW. Really liked this bitch on the stance has a beautiful outline and thought she was my winner. Certainly well presented with a lovely bright sheen to her coal black coat with correct markings and texture. In my opinion just needed a little more front depth and angulation which let her down in her front action.

Limit Bitch (5, 1)
1st Miles' Jaybiem My My My.
Sightly different in type but had a superior outline and I loved her size and balance. Strong head but so feminine and well marked with nice blaze, defined stop and slight furrow, high set well used ears, dark expressive almond shaped eyes. Muscular moderate neck into well laid back sloping shoulders to a firm backline and strong rounded rump and well set and carried tail with nice coating. Correctly angulated front and rear with lovely chest depth and brisket. Superior flat coat with lovely sheen and coloured markings over a lovely body with good weight and depth, well ribbed with short loin. Muscular hindquarters well furnished, developed stifle and short straight well let down hocks. Balanced strong boned forelegs well furnished, compact small feet, stylish mover with proud head carriage, good side stride and sound reach and powerful drive.
2nd Flanagan's Collansues Mountain Angel. Very attractive feminine well marked head darker and different from my winner, defined stop nice furrow, dark eyes with alert look, high set on ear well held and used. Well angled forequarters and hindquarters, lovely body depth with substance, well ribbed back with such a nicely presented sheen to her black flat coat with rich markings. Moves out well on balanced nicely boned legs and feet, holds topline firm on the move which was sound with good reach and drive.
3rd Vaychkus & Vaickus' Blue Aire Bernenskie Ranczo JW ShCM (Imp Pol). I understand that this lady is back from maternity duties and was just starting to regain her coat and furnishings. Lovely head, neck, angles, has a lovely outline nothing was hidden today so all her qualities could be seen. Handled and moved well.

Open Bitch (6, 1)
1st Sutton's Ch Bernsteph Dior Remember Me JW ShCM.
Just caught my attention as she entered the ring, standing she is very impressive and covers the ground so well, looks a real picture in her gleaming soft, flat jet black jacket with excellent bright markings and furnishings. Stunning head piece so well constructed with very alert dark eyes, uses ears well to give that expression. Proud head carriage on good length of neck, correct slope to shoulder and into a firm well held topline. Correct depth and angulation to the forequarters, with lovely straight built and balanced legs, sloping pasterns, small compact feet. Body full of tone and well ribbed, muscular rounded rump and shape to quarters, thick brush tail well carried. A joy to watch on the move strode out with purpose with sound reach and powerful rear drive. Best Bitch and Best in Show.
2nd Goodyear's Harvestbank Fields Of Gold JW ShCM. Another who took my attention as she came into the ring. Lovely to look at and go over and has the most stunning head so well marked with lovely expressive almond shaped dark bright eyes, defined stop slight furrow, strong jaw. Muscular moderate neck to well laid sloping shoulders and level backline which on occasions she decided to slack which was my deciding factor. So feminine on the stance so well made with a fabulous body with lovely ribs, covered in a beautifully conditioned and presented coal black jacket with lovely furnishings, stunning bright markings. Very nicely angled with depth to chest and brisket straight balanced legs with good bone, sloping pasterns and small tight feet. Muscular hindquarters with good return of stifle and let down hocks. Stylish mover powering around the ring with lovely side stride and sound rear and forward trust. Reserve Best Bitch.
3rd Thew's Ch Meadowpark Sweetest Thing At Jaybiem. Very nice shape and size to this lovely bitch again looked impressive on the stance and certainly could power across the floor with very sound action. Her head is slightly narrower and darkly marked just needs to be handled to get the feel of its qualities. Beautifully presented coal black coat well marked.

Breeders Bitch (3, 2)
1st Miles' Jaybiem Burli Shassi JW.
Very feminine outline to this nice size and balanced girl. Strong constructed head, good ear set and use, dark alert eyes, strong straight muzzle. Good neck length, shoulders, firm backline to moulded rump, beautiful clean well conditioned soft black coat well marked with rich colour. Has enough depth and front angulation with straight well boned legs and balanced small compact feet. Well ribbed back body with depth and substance. Strong, muscular quarters well-turned stifle and let down hocks. Very powerful mover and sound both ways with good side stride, tail carriage well set just held little too high on the move to spoil outline.
Judge - Jenny Miller (Feorlig)


Jude Simonds


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