The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America held the first BMDCA National Specialty in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 13, 1976. The remarkable entry was 81 (14-35-29) the largest entry of Bernese Mountain Dogs in the US to that date. A total of 74 dogs actually participated. By all written accounts, those present were awed to see so many splendid Bernese Mountain Dogs gathered in one place.

The presiding BMDCA President, Mary Alice Horstick (now Eschweiler) commented on the first Specialty in the April 1976 issue of The Alpenhorn. "What can I say about a first National Specialty? I lapse into deep thought when I think about ours, but my strongest feeling is that it was a huge success and anyone who wasn't there really missed a once in a lifetime event."

The tradition of good spirited fellowship borne at the first National Specialty continues today - as does the sense of pride in our club members' ongoing commitment to breed quality Bernese Mountain Dogs that exemplify excellence in breed type, temperament and working ability as defined in the AKC Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Standard.

Perspective on our breed's development and progress is evident in this Specialty Archive of Past Winners and the Specialty Event Winners Gallery - Enjoy!


2017 BMDCA National Specialty - Portland, OR

The BMDCA extends congratulations to the 2017 BMDCA National Specialty's BOB breeders Karen Hodgson & Jeannie Whitton-Smith & Rob Smith and owners Stacy Slade & Karen Hodgson!

BOB - GCHS CH Villairns Tag You're It RN NDD
BOB 2017 Specialty

High in Trial at 2017 honors went to
CH Bayberns Life Is A Highway
HIT 2017 Specialty
Breeder/Owner Ingrid Miller