AKC Gazette Columns

AKC Gazette - January 1994


With the October column devoted to the highlights of the 1993 national specialty, space did not permit including those Berners that were named 1992 Top Winners. This information is traditionally announced at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America's annual meeting and banquet, held in conjunction with the specialty. Records chair Alison Jaskiewicz compiles the data from AKC Awards. The results are published in the BMDCA's Yearbook, which is available each year at the national specialty.

A BMDCA Top Conformation Dog must be owned by a club member. A dog earns one point for each dog it defeats at each of the following levels of competition: Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Breed, Group placements and Best in Show.

For the third year Top Conformation Dog was Ch. De-Li's Standing Ovation, bred and owned by Lilian Ostermiller. Clay's 6,224 points in 1992 included winning two Group One, seven Group Two, nine Group Three and seven Group Four placements.

Top Conformation Bitch was Ch. Cita V Sagispicher, bred by Marianne Iff and owned by Kim Behrens. Cita's 1992 wins include one Best in Show, three Group One p1acements, eight Group Two, nine Group Three, six Group Four and Best of Opposite Sex at the 1992 national specialty. She earned 8,026 points.

A Top Obedience Winner must also be owned by a club member at the time the title is earned. In Novice A, Novice B, Open A and Utility A, the first three qualifying stores are averaged. In Open B and Utility B, all qualifying stores are averaged and there must be a minimum of three such scores.

Top Novice A was Bornedale's El Oso Grande, CD, bred by Susan and Michael MacWilliams and owned by Cindi and Ray Rodman. Oso's average score was 191.8. In 1992 he placed second and third in Novice A at all- breed obedience trials.

Top Novice B was Liskarn Amerca Bound Jerry, CD, DD, bred by Gordon Bridges and owned by Sara Dombroski, Alison Jaskiewicz and Deborah Mulvey. Jay Jay's average score was 197.3. In 1992 he earned one first and three second placements in Novice B at all-breed obedience trials.

Top Open A was Nashems Colorado Rocky, CDX, bred by Sara Karl and owned by Cynthia Still. Rocky's average score was 193.2. In 1992 he placed first in Open A at the BMDCA national and third at an all- breed obedience trial. Top Open B was Brighteye Nelle Belle, CDX, TD, bred and owned by Deborah Hotze. Nelle qualified in Open B three times in 1992 with an average score of 194.8. She was 1990's Top Novice B Obedience Dog.

There was no Top Utility A-no BMD earned a title in that class in 1992. Top Utility B was Sandusky's Mutadis Mutandis, UD, bred by Sandra Ongemach and owned by Kathleen Galotti and Lloyd Komatsu. Tandy qualified in Utility B three times in 1992 with an average score of 188.7. His distinguished record includes having been 1988's Top Open A, 1990's Top Open Band 1991's Top Utility A Obedience Dog.

Hearty congratulations are extended to these wonderful Berners, owners, breeders and handlers who have so ably presented to canine fanciers the winning qualities of the Bernese Mountain Dog.


The 19th Annual, 17th Independent BMDCA National Specialty is scheduled for April 28 through May 1, 1994 (pending AKC approval), at The Embers Inn and Convention Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (717-243-1717). It will be hosted by the Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club, which selected as their theme "A Capital Event," noting the trio of capitals in our heritage: Bern, capital of Switzerland, native home of the BMD; Washington, DC, center of the club's radius and capital of the United States; and Harrisburg, site of the first BMDCA national specialty in 1976 and capital of Pennsylvania.

Carlisle is 23 miles west of Harrisburg, which has excellent airline connections. For further information, contact Kathy Donohew (301- 977-2158) or Marge Reho (703-349- 4213), show co-chairs.

For the fifth consecutive year, the BMDCA is sponsoring a Judges Study Group in conjunction with its national specialty. It will be held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 1994, at the host hotel. For information, please contact Julie Crawford, BMDCA Judges Study Group Chair (410-883- 3450), between 5 and 7 p.m EST.


The 1992 Yearbook contains records for the year and statistical comparisons for past years, 1992's top winners and top producers pictured with six-generation pedigrees, cumulative lists of top producers, Canadian records, hip and elbow numbers issued in 1992, and pictures and four- generation pedigrees of the 1992 title recipients. It costs $28.

The Illustrated Standard of the Bernese Mountain Dog, a comprehensive study of the standard with valuable explanations for each section, made more meaningful through drawings and photographs, costs $12.

The Silver Anniversary Book, 1968-1993 is a lovely commemorative with the c1ub's and the breed's history. It includes a number of pictures and costs $10.

These publications are available while supplies last. They may be ordered from Deborah Godfrey, 131 Winters Road, Butler, PA 16001. Make your check payable to the BMDCA. Please include a shipping charge of $3 for one, two or all three items.

The Alpenhorn, the official magazine of the BMDCA, is published bimonthly and includes timely articles about the breed, photographs and advertisements. Annual subscriptions are $15 and may be ordered from Jack Lytle, 1338 West Park Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

With so little available in print about the Bernese Mountain Dog, this publication has much to offer the newcomer as well the experienced fancier.

The AKC video/slide version of the Bernese Mountain Dog has now been replaced by a recently completed all-video format. Order it directly from the AKC on a form located elsewhere in this issue.

May your 1994 be brightened by the love of a Berner. Happy New Year!

- Julie Crawford, Route 2, Box 110, Delmar, MD 21875-6164.