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For an overview of regional club formation including BMDCA's recognition requirements see:

Regional Club Formation



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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Guiding Principles of the BMDCA

The Guiding Principles of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America are:

  1.   1.  to preserve and protect the Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund), and promote understanding and appreciation of the breed;

  2.   2.  to do all possible to improve the health of the breed;

  3.   3.  to strive to bring all the qualities described in the BMDCA Standard (AKC approved) of the Bernese Mountain Dog to perfection;

  4.   4.  advocate honesty and integrity in all matters concerning the BMDCA and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

In keeping with these Guiding Principles the BMDCA will:

  1.   1.  advocate responsible and humane ownership and care of all Bernese Mountain Dogs;

  2.   2.  provide education appropriate to the needs of owners, breeders, judges, potential owners and all others with an interest in the breed;

  3.   3.  advocate that for the breed to thrive, individual owners and breeders must accept the responsibility to educate and be educated and to apply their knowledge for the benefit of the individual dogs under their sphere of influence;

  4.   4.  advocate acceptance of the BMDCA Standard of the Bernese Mountain Dog as the only standard of excellence by which Bernese Mountain Dogs shall be judged in the United States;

  5.   5.  advocate improvement of the health, longevity, and physical and mental soundness of the Bernese Mountain Dog through responsible and judicious selective breeding;

  6.   6.  advocate honesty, integrity, cooperation and open disclosure of Bernese Mountain Dog information in striving to achieve the qualities described in the BMDCA Standard;

  7.   7.  promote events and activities which encourage the maintenance and preservation of the BMDCA Standard and reflect the breed history and heritage; including Specialty Shows, Performance Events, and BMDCA Draft Tests;

  8.   8.  establish and advocate a rescue network for Bernese Mountain Dogs;

  9.   9.  advocate sportsmanlike conduct at all dog events;

  10. 10. encourage the formation of local independent Bernese Mountain Dog clubs with similar goals.

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