Bernese Mountain Dog CC Awards
Welcome to the section where we detail and give some summary analysis to all the CCs that have been won by Bernese in the UK and also give dates and judges of forthcoming appointments when available.
For anyone who may not know CCs, or to give them their full name Challenge Certificates are awarded to Bernese at Championship shows, either at most general ‘All Breeds’ or one of the annual BMD Breed Club Championship 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. You also need to check which day our breed is scheduled for as not every group of dogs is present on every day, each just having one day when their group is featured. The judge or, occasionally at club shows, judges, will award a single CC to the best dog and a second one to the best bitch in breed at the show, one of these two will then be selected as BOB – Best of Breed. The BOB does not count for any further reason though but this is the dog that will go through to the Working Group at a General Championship show and some of the larger Open Shows judged on a group system.
An individual dog requires 3 Challenge Certificates (from three different judges) to become a Champion. Every dog in the lists accessible from this page who has three or more CCs will be a UK Champion and their name will often be recorded in red on most pedigrees.
The chance to win one 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 with Kennel Club green trimmings 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 well as ‘CC’. Just to be technically correct, the CC is not valid until it is confirmed by the Kennel Club and owner is sent a certificate from the KC. This also applies to the award of the title of Champion, it is not truly valid until the KC have confirmed it.
In order to be approved to award CCs to a breed judges have to go through a defined process involving such things as experience at lower level, attendance on specified courses, active assessment and breed club approval although the exact nature of this approval and the judges training process is currently being revised by the Kennel club and from 2024 will be known as the JEP, Judges Education Process, replacing the JDP (Judges Develop Programme) with the two systems currently running alongside each other giving people well into the older system chance to qualify. Details of this process can be gained from the BMD Breed Education CoOrdinator, or BEC, Emily English via firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see from the table below, CCs 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. The way the KC allocates CCs and appoints judges is set to change and emerging from the delays and confusion that COVID restrictions have caused means things will take a while to settle. So, as we move more into the 2020s, we can only say ‘watch this space’ for future allocations to become clear. 2022 had some COVID delayed CCs added to the normal quota plus a bonus set awarded to the BMDC of GB to recognise our Golden Jubilee year. This set was one of the ones delayed by COVID from 2021 as well. For 2023 there are 30 sets of CCs announced, go to our 2023 events page for a list of shows and judges awarding CCs in 2023.
At the last major update, at the end of 2022, there had been 1,148 sets of BMD CCs awarded to Bernese since those first ones 45 years earlier. Those who have been around the breed for a few years will recall a few memories of dogs and people when looking through these lists and I hope people will find them interesting and enjoy browsing through them.
(BMDC of GB Webmaster January 2022)