In the past the club has produced lists to celebrate the Golden Oldies alive in our breed but unfortunately for various technical reasons this list was reluctantly discontinued and a few years ago we asked for a volunteer to help co-ordinate a new list.
We had a brilliant volunteer step forward to help with this list and are really pleased to now be able to announce the relaunch of the Veterans List with the help of club member Debbie O’Toole. We are exceedingly grateful to Debbie for offering to help with this and look forward to constructing a successful Veterans section of the site again.
If you wish to contribute details of your veteran, over 8 years of age, Bernese please use the links below.
The first publication of the new list can be found in the 2021 Golden Jubilee handbook but the most up to date list will always be on the web site. If you are a breeder with older dogs around let us have details so that we can acknowledge and publicise the success of your dogs. The more owners that contribute their dog’s details the more meaningful the list will be, so please send in your oldie’s’ (over 8 years) details and help us celebrate them..
Any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also remember that the club magazine usually carries a veterans feature to celebrate our Golden Oldies so why not email email@example.com and place a photo and a line about your veteran in the next magazine.
Sadly and inevitably, it is a fact that one or two dogs appearing in the live list will not stay on it for lots of years (although some do). This is almost by definition when producing a list of the oldest dogs and is not because they are on the list (as some people feel). It is not bad luck to let us all know about your marvellous long living Bernese but a way of celebrating longevity in our much maligned breed. So please send in your older dog details now ands share some good news for the breed.
Unfortunately, it is not as simple as just using dogs with these lines to improve our longevity because dogs with these relatives could still include other dogs with known hereditary diseases in their genetic make up. Also, even if you could know all about all the potential health issues breeding is about consideration of many more things such as temperament, type, size, conformation, markings, movement etc etc etc. All that is ever being suggested is to bear longevity and health in mind as a consideration when breeding (or puppy buying) and to take just as much pride in breeding long-living, healthy Bernese as breeding show winners and there is absolutely no reason why the two can’t go together. Many show dogs live long lives and appear well into Veteran classes so show and health are not mutually exclusive ideals as some people claim.
So that is why the BMDC of GB sends hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the owners and breeders of all longer living Bernese, whatever their role in life.