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    • NA — NOVICE AGILITY
      NAP — NOVICE AGILITY PREFERRED
      OA — OPEN AGILITY
      OAP — OPEN AGILITY PREFERRED
      AX — AGILITY EXCELLENT
      AXP — AGILITY EXCELLENT PREFERRED
      MX — MASTER AGILITY EXCELLENT
      MXP — MASTER AGILITY EXCELLENT PREFERRED
      NAJ — NOVICE AGILITY JUMPER
      NJP — NOVICE AGILITY JUMPER PREFERRED
      OAJ — OPEN AGILITY JUMPER
      OJP — OPEN AGILITY JUMPER PREFERRED
      AXJ — AGILITY EXCELLENT JUMPER
      AJP — AGILITY EXCELLENT JUMPER PREFERRED
      MXJ — MASTER EXCELLENT JUMPER
      MJP — MASTER EXCELLENT JUMPER PREFERRED
      NF — NOVICE FAST
      NFP — NOVICE FAST PREFERRED
      OF — OPEN FAST
      OFP — OPEN FAST PREFERRED
      XF — AGILITY FAST EXCELLENT
      XFP — AGILITY FAST EXCELLENT PREFERRED
      MXF — AGILITY MASTER FAST EXCELLENT
      MFP — AGILITY MASTER FAST EXCELLENT PREFERRED
      TQX — TRIPLE Q EXCELLENT
      TQXP — TRIPLE Q EXCELLENT PREFERRED
      PAX — PREFERRED AGILITY EXCELLENT
      MACH — MASTER AGILITY CHAMPION
      PACH — PREFERRED AGILITY CHAMPION
      AGCH — AGILITY GRAND CHAMPION

    • CH — CHAMPION
      GCH — GRAND CHAMPION

    • CA — COURSING ABILITY
      CAA — COURSING ABILITY ADVANCED

    • HT — HERDING TESTED
      PT — PRE-TRIAL TESTED
      HS — HERDING STARTED
      HSAS — HERDING STARTED COURSE A SHEEP
      HSBS — HERDING STARTED COURSE B SHEEP
      HSCS — HERDING STARTED COURSE C SHEEP
      HI — HERDING INTERMEDIATE
      HIA — HERDING INTERMEDIATE COURSE A
      HIB — HERDING INTERMEDIATE COURSE B
      HIC — HERDING INTERMEDIATE COURSE C
      HC — HERDING CHAMPION
      HX — HERDING EXCELLENT
      HXA — HERDING EXCELLENT COURSE A

    • BN — BEGINNER NOVICE
      GN — GRADUATE NOVICE
      GO — GRADUATE OPEN
      CD — COMPANION DOG
      CDX — COMPANION DOG EXCELLENT
      UD — UTILITY DOG
      UDX — UTILITY DOG EXCELLENT
      VER — VERSATILITY
      OM — OBEDIENCE MASTER
      OGM — OBEDIENCE GRAND MASTER
      OTCH — OBEDIENCE TRIAL CHAMPION

    • RN — RALLY NOVICE
      RI — RALLY INTERMEDIATE
      RA — RALLY ADVANCED
      RE — RALLY EXCELLENT
      RM — RALLY MASTER
      RAE — RALLY ADVANCED EXCELLENT
      RACH — RALLY CHAMPION

    • TD — TRACKING DOG
      TDX — TRACKING DOG EXCELLENT
      VST — VARIABLE SURFACE TRACKER
      CT — CHAMPION TRACKER

    • NDD — NOVICE DRAFT DOG
      DD — DRAFT DOG
      ANDD — ADVANCED NOVICE DRAFT DOG
      MDD — MASTER DRAFT DOG
      BNDD — BRACE NOVICE DRAFT DOG
      BDD — BRACE DRAFT DOG
      ABNDD — ADVANCED BRACE NOVICE DRAFT DOG
      MBDD — MASTER BRACE DRAFT DOG

    • HTD — HERDING TRIAL DOG
      HRD — HERDING RANCH DOG
      RLF — RANCH LARGE FLOCK
      HTAD — HERDING TRIAL ARENA DOG
      HTCH — HERDING TRIAL CHAMPION
      JHD — JUNIOR HERDING DOG
      HCT — HERDING CAPABILITY TEST

    Medallions are awarded and sent to BMDCA members for the following titles earned.


    Titles recognized are:

    The medallions are the responsibility of the Awards Committee. For more information, please contact the BMDCA Awards Chair.

    ** The first title a dog earns entitles it to a free yearbook page. Subsequent pages may be purchased at the published price.

  • Wood plaque awards presented each year at the Awards Banquet at the BMDCA National Specialty.

  • BMDCA Versatility Award Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The Berner must have earned an AKC Champion title.

    • The Berner must have earned a BMDCA Novice Draft Dog title.

    • The Berner must have earned one of the following working titles:

    a) AKC Companion Dog
    b) AKC Tracking Dog
    c) AKC Novice Agility Dog
    d) AKC Novice Agility Jumper
    e) AKC Novice Agility Preferred
    f) AKC Novice Jumper Preferred
    g) AKC Herding Pre-Trial Test
    h) American Herding Breed Association Junior Herding Dog
    i) AKC Tracking Dog Urban

    BMDCA Versatility, Working, Active Dog Awards:
          Valerie Horney
          12632 E Bates Circle
          Aurora, CO 80014
          valhorney@comcast.net

    Applying for the Award:

    Please note that this award is not automatic and must be applied for.


    BMDCA members who have earned these awards with their dogs must apply for them and can be applied for at any time. There is a link below to an application form if you wish to use it, it is not mandatory. All qualifying award titles must be listed as "verified" in Berner-Garde — click on the "titles" tab on your dog's page to see a list of verified titles. If you have earned qualifying titles that are not verified in the Berner-Garde database, then copies of those title certificates must be submitted with the award application (via snail mail or email) to the BMDCA Versatility and Working Dog Awards Chair at the address listed below.


    The deadline for applying to be included in upcoming year's yearbook and awards ceremony is January 31.

    The Special Awards are the responsibility of the BMDCA Records Committee.

    Purpose: The Versatility Award was created to recognize those Bernese Mountain Dogs who show great breadth of achievement. One of the primary goals of this award is to encourage all Bernese breeders and owners to preserve the Berner as an "all around" dog with a long tradition as a multi-use farm dog as well as a beautiful show dog.

    ** All BMDCA Versatility Award recipients will receive a plaque at the annual BMDCA Awards banquet and are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

  • BMDCA Versatility Excellent Award Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The dog must have earned an AKC Grand Champion title.

    • The Berner must have earned a BMDCA Draft Dog title.

    • The Berner must have earned one of the following working titles:

    a) AKC Companion Dog Excellent.
    b) AKC Tracking Dog Excellent.
    c) AKC Variable Surface Tracker.
    d) AKC Open Agility Dog.
    e) AKC Open Agility Jumper.
    f) AKC Open Agility Dog Preferred
    g) AKC Open Agility Jumper Preferred.
    h) AHBA Herding Trial Dog I, II, or III.
    i) Herding Ranch Dog I, II, III.
    j) Herding Trial Arena Dog I, II, III.
    k) Ranch Large Flock I, II, III.
    l) AKC Herding Started.
    m) AKC Herding Intermediate.
    n) AKC Herding Advanced.

    BMDCA Versatility, Working, Active Dog Awards:
          Valerie Horney
          12632 E Bates Circle
          Aurora, CO 80014
          valhorney@comcast.net

    Applying for the Award:

    Please note that this award is not automatic and must be applied for.

    BMDCA members who have earned these awards with their dogs must apply for them and can be applied for at any time. There is a link below to an application form if you wish to use it, it is not mandatory. All qualifying award titles must be listed as "verified" in Berner-Garde — click on the "titles" tab on your dog's page to see a list of verified titles. If you have earned qualifying titles that are not verified in the Berner-Garde database, then copies of those title certificates must be submitted with the award application (via snail mail or email) to the BMDCA Versatility and Working Dog Awards Chair at the address listed below.


    The deadline for applying to be included in upcoming year's yearbook and awards ceremony is January 31.

    The Special Awards are the responsibility of the BMDCA Records Committee.

    Purpose: The Versatility Excellent Award was created to recognize those Bernese Mountain Dogs who show great breadth of achievement. One of the primary goals of this award is to encourage all Bernese breeders and owners to preserve the Berner as an "all around" dog with a long tradition as a multi-use farm dog as well as a beautiful show dog.

    ** All BMDCA Versatility Excellent Award recipients will receive a plaque at the annual BMDCA Awards banquet and are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

  • BMDCA Working Dog Award Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The Berner must have earned a BMDCA Novice Draft Dog title.

    • The Berner must have earned two of the following other titles:

    a) AKC Companion Dog

    b) AKC Tracking Dog or AKC Tracking Dog Urban

    c) AKC Novice Agility Dog or AKC Novice Agility Jumper or AKC Novice Agility Preferred or AKC Novice Agility Jumper Preferred

    d) AKC Herding Pre-Trial Test or American Herding Breed Association Junior Herding

    BMDCA Versatility, Working, Active Dog Awards:
          Valerie Horney
          12632 E Bates Circle
          Aurora, CO 80014
          valhorney@comcast.net

    Applying for the Award:

    Please note that this award is not automatic and must be applied for.

    BMDCA members who have earned these awards with their dogs must apply for them and can be applied for at any time. There is a link below to an application form if you wish to use it, it is not mandatory. All qualifying award titles must be listed as "verified" in Berner-Garde — click on the "titles" tab on your dog's page to see a list of verified titles. If you have earned qualifying titles that are not verified in the Berner-Garde database, then copies of those title certificates must be submitted with the award application (via snail mail or email) to the BMDCA Versatility and Working Dog Awards Chair at the address listed below.


    The deadline for applying to be included in upcoming year's yearbook and awards ceremony is January 31.

    The Special Awards are the responsibility of the BMDCA Records Committee.

    Purpose: To honor those Bernese Mountain Dogs demonstrating a high degree of achievement in several different performance activities. The awards will be offered at two levels: the Working Dog Award and the Working Dog Excellent Award. Draft titles will be required at both levels because this is the working heritage of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

    ** All BMDCA Working Dog Award recipients will receive a plaque at the annual BMDCA Awards banquet and are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

  • BMDCA Working Dog Excellent Award Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The Berner must have earned a BMDCA Draft Dog title.

    • The Berner must have earned two of the following other titles:

    a) AKC Companion Dog Excellent
    b) AKC Tracking Dog Excellent or AKC Variable Surface Tracker
    c) AKC Open Agility Dog or AKC Open Agility Jumper or AKC Open Agility Preferred or AKC Open Agility Jumper Preferred
    d) AKC Herding Started, AKC Herding Intermediate, AKC Herding Advanced, AHBA Herding Trial Dog I, II or III, Herding Ranch Dog I, II or III, Herding Trial Arena Dog I, II or III, or Ranch Large Flock I, II or III.

    BMDCA Versatility, Working, Active Dog Awards:
          Valerie Horney
          12632 E Bates Circle
          Aurora, CO 80014
          valhorney@comcast.net

    Applying for the Award:

    Please note that this award is not automatic and must be applied for.

    BMDCA members who have earned these awards with their dogs must apply for them and can be applied for at any time. There is a link below to an application form if you wish to use it, it is not mandatory. All qualifying award titles must be listed as "verified" in Berner-Garde — click on the "titles" tab on your dog's page to see a list of verified titles. If you have earned qualifying titles that are not verified in the Berner-Garde database, then copies of those title certificates must be submitted with the award application (via snail mail or email) to the BMDCA Versatility and Working Dog Awards Chair at the address listed below.


    The deadline for applying to be included in upcoming year's yearbook and awards ceremony is January 31.

    The Special Awards are the responsibility of the BMDCA Records Committee.

    Purpose: To honor those Bernese Mountain Dogs demonstrating a high degree of achievement in several different performance activities. The awards will be offered at two levels: the Working Dog Award and the Working Dog Excellent Award. Draft titles will be required at both levels because this is the working heritage of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

    ** All BMDCA Working Dog Excellent Award recipients will receive a plaque at the annual BMDCA Awards banquet and are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

  • BMDCA Active Dog Award Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The Berner must have earned three of the following titles:

    a) AKC Farm Dog Certified Title
    b) AKC Rally Novice Title
    c) AKC Scent Work Novice Element Title (containers, interior, exterior, buried or handler discrimination)
    d) AKC Therapy Dog Novice Title
    e) Barn Hunt Association Novice Title
    f) North American Diving Dogs Novice Title
    g) AKC Fast CAT BCAT Title or AKC Coursing Ability Title
    h) BMDCA Novice Draft Dog Title

    BMDCA Versatility, Working, Active Dog Awards:
          Valerie Horney
          12632 E Bates Circle
          Aurora, CO 80014
          valhorney@comcast.net

    Applying for the Award:

    Please note that this award is not automatic and must be applied for.

    BMDCA members who have earned these awards with their dogs must apply for them and can be applied for at any time. There is a link below to an application form if you wish to use it, it is not mandatory. All qualifying award titles must be listed as "verified" in Berner-Garde. Click on the "titles" tab on your dog's page to see a list of verified titles. If you have earned qualifying titles that are not verified in the Berner-Garde database, then copies of those title certificates may need to be submitted with the award application (via snail mail or email) to the BMDCA Versatility, Working, and Active Dog Awards Chair at the address listed below.

    The Special Awards are the responsibility of the BMDCA Records Committee.

    Purpose: To honor those Bernese Mountain Dogs demonstrating a high degree of achievement in several different companion activities.

    ** All BMDCA Active Dog Award recipients are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook and a BMDCA Medallion, which will be mailed to recipients throughout the year.

    BMDCA Active Dog Excellent Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member from the time the last title was earned through the completed application process.

    • The Berner must have earned three of the following titles:

    a) AKC Rally Intermediate or Advanced Title
    b) AKC Scent Work Advanced Element Title (containers, interior, exterior, buried or handler discrimination)
    c) AKC Therapy Dog Title
    d) Barn Hunt Association Open Title
    e) North American Diving Dogs Advanced Title
    f) AKC Fast CAT DCAT Title or AKC Coursing Ability Advanced Title
    g) BMDCA Draft Dog Title

  • Qualifications:

    • The Berner's owner must be a BMDCA member at the time the dog becomes eligible for Top Producer recognition.

    • To be a BMDCA Top Producer a dog must have sired at least six Champions, Versatility or Working Titled dogs; a bitch must have produced at least four.

    • This award is given on a one time basis.

    Types of Top Producers

    • Top Producer of Champions

    • Top Producer of Versatility Dogs

    • Top Producer of Working Title Holders

    Applying for the Award:

    Statistics for Top Producers are maintained by BMDCA Records and there is no need for the owner to apply. Owners of BMDCA Top Producers will be notified by the BMDCA Records Chair by late January.

    Purpose: To recognize those sires and dams who have produced offspring that have earned recognition in the form of titles or awards.

    ** All BMDCA Top Producers are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

  • Categories and Qualifications:
    For all categories, at least one owner must be a BMDCA member.

    • Top Conformation Dogs

      • Top dog and top bitch based on all-breed points earn an award. A dog earns a point for each dog defeated at each level of competition — best of breed, group placements and best in show.

      • Top three dogs and bitches based on breed points earn an award. A dog earns a point for each BMD defeated in best of breed competition.

      • Top Versatility dog and bitch based on Grand Championship points earned in best of breed competition.

      • Top Versatility Excellent dog and bitch based on Grand Championship points earned in best of breed competition.

    • Top Obedience Dogs

      • Top BMD in Novice A, Novice B, Open A and Utility A earn an award. The first three qualifying scores are averaged to determine a dog's score.

      • Top BMD in Open B and Utility B earn an award. The three highest qualifying scores under different judges are averaged to determine a dog's score.

      • Ties go to the dog with the highest individual score.

    • Top Agility Dogs

      • Top Novice (scores from Novice Standard and Novice JWW all averaged)

      • Top Open (scores from Open Standard and Open JWW all averaged)

      • Top Excellent (Scores from Excellent Standard and Excellent JWW all averaged)

      • Top Masters (fastest 3 JWW and fastest 3 Standard scores averaged)​

    These would be calculated based on the highest score with score first, and yards per second being the tie breaker. Averaging the dogs 6 title-earning scores/yps for Novice, Open and Excellent, and the fastest YPS for Masters.

    Applying for the Award:

    Statistics for top winners are computed by BMDCA Records and there is no need for the owner to apply. Owners of BMDCA Top Winners will be notified by BMDCA Records by late February. See plaque awards for a list of all plaques awarded annually..

    Purpose: To recognize those dogs who have excelled in various disciplines.

    **All BMDCA Top Winners will receive a plaque at the annual BMDCA Awards banquet and are eligible for a free page in the BMDCA yearbook.

What awards can my Bernese Mountain Dog earn

Awards

BMDCA Awards

The BMDCA offers a number of awards in recognition of dogs that have excelled in various disciplines.


Please review the following tabs for in depth information on BMDCA's award categories, descriptions, eligibility requirements, committee contacts, award application processes and procedures.

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