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Learn more about the Bernese Breed

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The Alpenhorn is published four times per year by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America and its many volunteers

Issue Focus

Spring (April - June) — Activities / Training / Puppies

Fall (October - December) — Health / Breeding

Winter (January - March) — Veterans / Rescue

Summer (July - September) — National Specialty

You can subscribe to "THE ALPENHORN" for educational and entertaining articles on the Bernese Mountain Dogs, health and activities. 

Bernese looking to the future

Access to a larger platform for support of the Berner-Garde Foundation DNA Tissue and Repository at the Michigan State University to improve the health and longevity of our Berners

The BMDCA also offers events and programs, such as:

Access to a larger network of Berner owners

A subscription to The Alpenhorn (BMDCA's official breed magazine) along with the BMDCA Monthly Bulletin Newsletter which provides vital information for Bernese health, education and activities.

Support for our Regional Club Rescues

A yearly National Specialty which includes conformation, companion, performance, and draft events, Berner U, health clinics, rescue gallery, annual meeting and awards, health auction fundraiser, and social gatherings

Financial support of canine health studies and grants affecting the health and longevity of Bernese Mountain Dogs

Larger platform for affecting change in AKC policies and legislative changes

BMDCA Breed Ambassadors and Breeder Mentor Programs

General Membership


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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.


about AKC's recognition of the Bernese Mountain Dog?