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