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Bernese Mountain Dog CC Winners

Welcome to the section where we detail and analyse all the CCs that have been won by Bernese in the UK. For anyone who may not know CCs, or to give them their full name Challenge Certificates are awarded to Bernese at most Championship shows, either a general ‘All Breeds’ or one of 4 annual Club shows. (Please note a few General Championship Shows do not schedule CCs for our breed so always check if you are specifically travelling to see our breed – or any other breed for that matter). The judge, occasionally judges, will award a single CC to the best dog and a second one to the best bitch in breed at the show. An individual dog requires 3 certificates (from three different judges) to become a Champion, so whether it is recorded here or not, every dog in the lists accessible from this page who has three or more CCs will be a UK Champion and their name will usually be recorded in red on a pedigree. The presence of these Certificates is the main reason why Championship shows garner much bigger entries than Open shows. They actually take the form of a card certificate signed by the judge and are often referred to as ‘tickets’ by the show fraternity – hence you will hear talk of the ‘dog ticket’ or ‘bitch ticket’.

As we launch this section in early April 2018 there have been 1040 sets of CCs awarded since they were first granted to Bernese in 1977 when there were just 6 sets awarded. Over the following years the number rose to 32 in the mid nineties and since then has fluctuated between that and 27, governed by the number of Bernese Kennel Club registrations, and currently sitting at 28 sets.

NB At the moment all the extracted analyses shown only cover the 1037 sets of CCs awarded up to the end of 2017.

Here is a year by year breakdown of the numbers of all the BMD Challenge Certificates ever issued.

Year No. of CC sets awarded
1977 6
1978 6
1979 8
1980 10
1981 12
1982 13
1983 13
1984 18
1985 20
1986 24
1987 24
1988 27
1989 27
1990 27
1991 29
1992 31
1993 32
1994 32
1995 32
1996 27
1997 27
1998 29
1999 29
2000 29
2001 27
2002 30
2003 30
2004 31
2005 31
2006 31
2007 31
2008 31
2009 32
2010 31
2011 31
2012 29
2013 28
2014 28
2015 28
2016 28
2017 28
Total (To end of 2017) 1037

What is the point of CCs?

Of course in one sense CCs only relate to ‘show quality’ which some people have no interest in and many happy owners of a Bernese Mountain Dog have never been to a show. However, many people take showing very seriously and have little interest in any other activity such as the working side of the breed or fun events. In latter years some sections of the media have been very critical of the show world  and showing is often seen as only relating to ‘beauty or appearance’ . However, showing should reflect soundness, temperament and where possible should overlap with certain visible aspects of breed health. The Kennel Club have been been strongly promoting this aspect for about a decade now with various tag lines such as ‘Fit For Function, fit for life’ and judges are strongly reminded that they have consider health aspects of every breed wherever this is relevant to the show ring. The truth is that is showing is probably still the single biggest activity that underpins a breed, rightly or wrongly, it still has the biggest impact on breeding choices which was a traditional function of the show world. Nowadays there are other defined aspects to consider, such as DNA and other health related tests, but many people still like to have ‘lots of red’ on a pedigree and show wins, including CCs, do say something about the temperament, soundness and breed type of a dog. A good show dog will enjoy the days at a show and be well socialised with people and other dogs as a result.

Much more analysis from the figures is planned than just the lists listed below and the full section will take some time to complete but is presented only partially complete for the interest of readers. Eventually there will be the full list of all CC winners since 1977.

A Few extracted Figures

From the links below you can access different tables showing the biggest wining dogs and bitches, the highest achieving kennels over the years as well as (eventually) a complete list of all CC winners. A few facts from these include:

The highest winning kennel with 169 Bernese CCs won from 34 different dogs and bitches is the Meadowpark kennel originally owned by Bernice and John Mair with daughter Carole Hartley-Mair but in recent years also jointly owned by Gary Dybdall.

Next in line with 130 is Michelle Gurney’s Monalou with 130 CCs from 25 different dogs and third is Julie Baldwins Fortonpark with 73 CCs from 16 different dogs.

The highest number of CCs won by any Bernese is 53 by Michelle Gurney’s bitch Monalou Nellie Pledge, followed by Carole Hartley-Mair and Gary Dybdall’s Meadowpark High Class (Milo) who recently became the highest winning Bernese Male moving past the longstanding 34 CCs of Julie Vaughan’s Carlacot Fido. In addition Milo is collecting an unprecedented run of  group and Best In Show wins.