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Did you know about...
AKC's recognition of the Bernese Mountain Dog?

- 1937 -

It seemed to begin so simply. In the May 1, 1937, Issue of the American Kennel Gazette there was a brief notice: "New Breed Admitted to Stud Book. Bernese Mountain Dog." There followed the newly accepted "Standard of Perfection" for the breed, which was admitted to the Working Group.

Recognition of the Bernese Mountain Dog by the American Kennel Club actually took place at the meeting of April 13, 1937. There were, we may be sure, many events, discussions, meetings, and deliberations leading up to this momentous recognition. The breed had, of course, been recognized and promoted in its Swiss homeland for many decades prior to this recognition of its status by the American Kennel Club.



- 1968 -

In 1968 the BMDCA was formed.

- 1973 -

In November the American Kennel Club granted sanctioned status to the BMDCA.

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There are a variety of options for you to consider.
Some options are tax deductible while others are not.

1. The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation ("AKC CHF" or "CHF") Bernese Mountain Dog Donor Advised Fund. This is a public, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation. Contributions to such an organization are tax deductable expenses. The BMDCA has established a Donor Advised Fund ("DAF") whereby any contributions made to this fund are under the complete control of the BMDCA Board of Directors. The money in this fund has been used to help fund national and international research projects addressing diseases affecting Bernese Mountain Dogs. The BMDCA Health Committee reviews all research project requests and then recommends participation to the BMDCA Board of Directors. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been committed to cancer-related and other health research projects that impact the lives of Berners. You can find detailed information about the AKC Canine Health Foundation by going to its website (

• If you wish to make a current donation to the AKC CHF Bernese Mountain Dog Donor Advised Fund, please mail a check to AKC Canine Health Foundation, PO Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27675 and indicate on the check that the money is for the BMD Donor Advised Fund. If you wish to honor a person or a Berner, in a cover letter please note that the contribution is In Memory of ________, so that the donation can be properly recorded. Donations can also be made online or by phone.
• If you wish to make an estate gift to the Bernese Mountain Dog Donor Advised Fund, the AKC CHF's website offers assistance -

2. The BMDCA Health Fund. Contributions to this restricted fund maintained by the BMDCA are not tax deductible. This money can be used for any health-related project that the Health Committee recommends, is in keeping with the charter of the Health Committee, and the BMDCA Board considers appropriate. Funds have been used to support organizations like those listed just above. In addition, funds can and have been used for targeted purposes, such as making special donations to the research studies of Dr. Elaine Ostrander and Dr. Matthew Breen, helping with costs associated with the Bernese Mountain Dog DNA and Tissue Repository, supporting the Rabies Challenge Fund, and more.

3. The BMDCA Rescue Fund. Contributions to this restricted fund maintained by the BMDCA are not tax deductible. Funds received have been allocated to Regional BMD Clubs to support their rescue efforts. The BMDCA Board approves all rescue requests in excess of $750.00 after reviewing the particular rescue situation and the recommendations from the BMDCA Rescue Committee. Funds up to $750.00 are authorized by the BMDCA Rescue Committee and approved on a case-by-case basis. Many Berners have been helped with the funds received.

4. The BMDCA Education Fund. Contributions to this restricted fund maintained by the BMDCA are not tax deductible. Over the years, funds received have been allocated to support special Club or breed educational projects, such as costs associated with revising the BMDCA Illustrated Standard.

5. The BMDCA Junior Scholarship Fund. Contributions to this restricted fund maintained by the BMDCA are not tax deductible. Over the years, contributions received help support the BMDCA Junior Scholarship Program.

• If you wish to contribute to any of the BMDCA Restricted Funds please do the following:

i.  Make your check payable to the BMDCA;
ii.  Note the fund(s) to which the donation should be credited;
iii.  If you wish to honor a person or Berner, please include a further notation that the contribution is In Memory of ________, so that the donation can be properly recorded;
iv.  Mail to Michael Reed, BMDCA Treasurer, 236 Los Cerros Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94598 or, if you have questions, call or email him at 925-944-2457 or BMDCA Treasurer.

Through the ongoing generosity of BMDCA members and the BMD community at-large, the steady stream of financial donations - whether current donations or through estate gifts- has enabled a long history of significant advancements that are improving the health and welfare of our breed, and providing education and knowledge to the fancy responsible for protecting and advancing the interests of the Bernese Mountain Dog. This work is never-ending.

Thank you for past financial contributions you have made. And, please keep the BMDCA funds in mind as you make your short- and long-term annual giving and estate planning decisions. These can truly be dollars that have the gift of life and continual giving.

Thank you for considering a donation to the BMDCA.
Your gift today will help ensure a brighter tomorrow for our Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Thanks again for your interest and support of Berner issues. If you have any questions, please contact BMDCA's Treasurer:

Michael Reed
BMDCA Treasurer
236 Los Cerros Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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