Historically, the Bernese Mountain Dog served as a farm dog of the midland regions of Switzerland, mostly around the city of Berne.

Early Bernese painting, Paulus Potter

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History of Bernese.


BMDCA Info Series

Description: INDEX PAGE - Info Series Sheets are tailored to address breed information needs of puppy buyers and new owners. BMDCA's BMD breed education library - The Info Series Sheets are categorized, subject specific 2 page printable PDF documents. Document categories include: About & Buying BMDs;   Resources (Rescue & Regional Clubs);  BMD Health & Care;  and introductions to BMD Activities and working dog sports.


Description: INDEX PAGE - Review BMDCA Health Committee's collection of Bernese Mountain Dog Health information. Topics include: BMD diseases list, health tests list, coverage of breed specific health concerns, breed health surveys, health registries/database access information, as well as health clinics information, and resource materials & links.


Description: Our Puppies page answers buyer's questions about Berner puppy prices, provides tips on how to locate breeders, covers discussion points to enhance puppy buyer & breeder communications, and furnishes reasons and methods for investigating pedigrees.

Breed Standard

Description: Page contains the official AKC Breed Standard for Bernese Mountain Dogs (approved by the AKC 2/10/90); as web page, as PDF and link to AKC breed page for Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Breed History

Description: INDEX PAGE - Visit our Breed history pages to read short articles supplying an historical overview of Swiss cattle dogs. Topics addressed are: the Bernese Mountain Dog breed's ancestral origins, Bernese function as farm and draft dogs as well as discussion of FCI's and AKC's involvement in breed standards, breed management and development.


Description: See this page for a short list of Bernese Mountain Dog books including brief summaries of each book's focus and content.

BMDCA Print Publications

Description: INDEX PAGE - Here you will find links to several BMDCA print publications pages including the club's newsletter, bulletin, yearbooks, and AKC Gazette articles.