Love is a Bernese Mountain Dog . . .

Berner Links

Berner-Garde Foundation -

What is the Berner-Garde Foundation?

The Berner-Garde Foundation was established to collect, maintain and disseminate information about genetic diseases observed in the Bernese Mountain Dog. The BGF is comprised of a voluntary Board of Directors, several committees and, at it's core, a computerized database. The database contains information which has been compiled over many years from voluntary submissions of data from owners and from other public sources of information, including the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals(OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF).

The information in the BGF database is now available online to owners, breeders, veterinarians and researchers who are working to reduce genetic disease in the Bernese Mountain Dog. Click on the bottom menu item (left) to access the database.

In addition to maintaining the database, the Berner-Garde Foundation supports research studies aimed at reducing the health problems found in Bernese Mountain Dogs. Research proposals are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors.

Bernese Mountain Dog - Health Related Research Studies

Cancer Health Studies


Health  Information Links

- compiled and maintained by Robin Camken -


Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

Probably the single most valuable resource on the web regarding Bernese Mountain Dogs can be found at the Bernese Mountain Dog Home Page. There is information on rescue, determining if the breed is right for you,  acquiring a puppy, a photo gallery, a signup page for the Berner-L, a very active mailing list for the breed, and more.

A group of dedicated Berner owners and lovers, who seek to provide some financial assistance to owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs who find themselves in need of a little help when their dogs are accidentally injured or develop catastrophic medical conditions


The AKC provides a wealth of information including the Official AKC Breed Standard for the Bernese Mountain Dog and a geographical list of AKC Show and Obedience Clubs

Visit the sites of the AKC Show Superintendants to obtain show dates, entry information, catalog and results


Visit the BMDCA site to find information specific to the breed including the official Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Standard, Draft Test Regulations, Information on other Bernese Mountain Dog clubs, tips on purchasing a Berner, The Berner-Garde Health Data Base and more.

BMDCA Health Article Index

BMDCA Information Series


The Berner-L

The Berner-L Group is for all lovers of the Bernese Mountain Dog and provides a place for discussion with some 2700 Berner Owners World Wide.


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Speaking for Spot

“This is the book I wish I had when dogs first entered my life. It's the other best friend you need when making routine veterinary decisions for your dog or potentially heart-breaking ones.”

-Amy Tan, author of New York Times bestsellers The Joy Luck Club; The Kitchen God’s Wife; The Hundred Secret Senses; The Bonesetter’s Daughter; and Saving Fish from Drowning

Speaking for Spot is an engaging, compelling and truly indispensable book. Dr Nancy Kay enables her readers to become well-informed advocates for their pets’ health care decisions. She has provided the perfect guide that will make a tremendous difference for dogs and for the people who love them.”

-Claudia Kawczynska, Editor-in-Chief, The Bark magazine



 Dr. Nancy Kay's Essential Health Forms and Templates

Health forms and templates described in Speaking for Spot that will help you excel as your dog’s medical advocate. You can download, print, and use them to help manage your dog’s health care needs.

Forms Include:

Your Dog's Emergency Contact Information

Current Health Issues

Health History Form

Current Medication

Contingency Plan: In Case of Emergency

Veterinary Office Visit

Medication and Treatment Schedule

Sample Medication and Treatment Schedule