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Breed Standard

The health of a Bernese Mountain Dog begins well before it is born. The research done by the breeders is an all important first step towards a structurally sound and healthy dog. Understanding the BMD Standard will help prospective and current owners.


Finding A Puppy


Groups: Grief & Loss

This site is a tribute to the bonds that form between humans and animals, and an acknowledgement of the deep, painful grief that results when those bonds are broken. Pages include: Grief Described, Coping With Grief, Providing Support

Health & Safety

Current health studies to participate in.
Overviews of Laparoscopic Spay, Laparoscopic Gastropexy,and other advance procedures.
No one ever seems to want to talk about dog poop, yet elimination is an important part of digestion and one you should pay attention to.

Health and Breed Research

The Berner-Garde Datebase is a health tool that benefits everyone that makes use of it. By entering your dog and keeping the health information up-to-date you play a very important part in improving the breed. If you are considering getting a Bernese Mountain Dog the database is also a great way to learn more about the breeders and their lines of dogs.
As an owner of companion dogs looking to expand your personal knowledge or as a breeder who does your due diligence research while planning your next breeding; the Canine Inherited Disorders Datebase is well worth a review! This site explains what the various genetic issues are and also displays them in a breed by breed manner.

Health Issues

Helping Pet Lovers Safely Use Benadryl For Dogs. This article explains what Benadryl is used for (allergies, etc), dosage, and side effects.
Blue-Green Algea can produce deadly toxins (such as microcystins and anatoxins) that affect people, livestock and pets that swim in and drink from the algae-contaminated water. While there can be algea at any time of year it is most abundant during periods of hot weather in the mid-to late-summer months
There are at least 4 well defined histiocytic proliferative disorders that have been recognized in dogs. This UC Davis website will help you understand what histiocytosis is all about.
Parvovirus, or Parvo as it is commonly referred to, is a highly contagious illness that is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact. While dogs of any age can get Parvo it is puppies under a year that are especially vulnerable. Parvovirus can be deadly so knowing the signs and getting treatment early is highly important!
Eye discharge is a common problem for some dogs. It can be a sign of anything from infection to glaucoma to allergies. Learn more here about what to do if your dog has eye discharge.
Disseminated intravascular coagulation, also known as DIC, is a disease that affects the clotting of blood. It occurs in dogs of any breed, age or sex.
Canine Distemper is a highly contagious and most often fatal viral infection that tends to attack the brain. While any unvaccinated dog can get distemper it is especially important for puppies to be vaccinated. If your breeder hasn’t already done so this should be a topic of conversation with your Vet at the well puppy checkup during your first week of ownership.
An overview of the Heat Cycle in female dogs.
This American Heartworm Society website offers information on canine heartworm disease, prevention, symptoms, and treatment.
The Consequences, Symptoms and Treatment of Inguinal, Umbilical and Diaphragmatic Hernias in Dogs.
Learn how to prevent parasites in your puppy or dog. It is almost always easier and more cost-effective to prevent parasites than to treat them once your dog has them. It is also safer for you and your family to have a parasite-free pet. This site includes prevalence across the US, Risk Assessments & Protection information for Coccidia, Ear Mites, Fleas, Giardia, Heartworms, Hookworms, Mange, Roundworm, Scabies Tapeworms, Ticks and more!
PRA encompasses many inherited disorders which progress over time and eventually lead to blindness.
Pyometra is an infection in the uterus. It is serious and life threatening condition that must be treated promptly and aggressively.
This CDC website includes the identification of the various ticks, the symptoms of tick borne illnesses, removal of ticks, tick life cycles & hosts, and more as it relates to both people and pets.
Some health crises need immediate veterinary attention, but your attention is also crucial.

Health Resources

The Dog Food Advisor is a website designed to help you make a more informed decision when shopping for dog food. It offers unbiased dog food reviews and dog food ratings searchable by brand or star rating. Very helpful when looking for the best dry, canned or raw food for your puppy or dog.
Most pets love exploring their territory and playing near plants, so it's important that pet owners are aware of the potential dangers posed by houseplants. This plant specific webpage has links to a number of resources on safe and toxic plants.

Lost Dogs

Create a flyer for the pet you have lost or found (Other choices are also available in the drop down list). Just fill in the blanks, upload your photo and decide if you want contact strips at the bottom by clicking on a check box. NOTE: The Description space is great for any additional information such as the last seen at cross streets, additional info on what the pet looks like, etc.
Losing your dog is traumatic and overwhelming for everyone involved. But remember, time is of the essence so there's no sense wasting time assigning blame. Accidents happen, the most important task now is concentrating on finding your lost dog and getting the word out.
Group of volunteers who saw the need to provide education for dog owners on preventing the loss of their dog and to provide no cost resources to the owners of lost dogs to increase the chances of locating and being successfully reunited with their dog. The program also benefits local animal control and shelters by decreasing the number of “owned strays” entering the animal control/shelter system and increasing the chances of finding an owner once the dog is in their care.
Lost Dogs-MN is an all volunteer group committed to reuniting owners with their lost dogs. This service is provided free to dog owners, shelters/rescues and animal control professionals.
Lost Dogs Of Wisconsin is a group of volunteers who saw the need to provide free resources to the owners of lost dogs to increase their chances of locating their dog. The program also benefits local animal control and shelters by decreasing the number of “owned strays” entering the animal control/shelter system and increasing the chances of finding an owner once the dog is in their care.

Preventative Care

Dr. Jean Dodds is considered one of the foremost experts in pet healthcare and focuses on Vaccination Protocols, Thyroid Issues and Nutrition.

Safety: Food

Safety: Poisons

This very informative site offers a 24/7 Call Center (800-213-6680), a Quick Find Poison List, Emergency Insturctions, Pet Poison Prevention tips and more.

Test Registration: OFA

Hips, Elbows, Eyes and other databases


This Yahoo group is comprised of concerned and dedicated Bernese Mt. Dog owners, foster care families and professionals who are seeking ways to help their Shy and/or Aggressive Bernese Mountain Dog.

Veterinarians & Pet Emergency Hospitals

Look up Veterinarians & Pet Emergency Hospitals in the United States by City, State and/or Zip Code. NOTE: Checking the box that says "Check this box if this is a veterinary emergency" will show only those locations that offer 24 services.