bernese mountain dog club of oregon

BMD Health Spotlight

BMDCO Playdate and Educational Series

Join us Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m., for the BMDCO General Meeting and Berner Playdate at DogTown PDX in Gresham, Oregon.

The meeting includes an educational presentation on Bernese Mountain Dog health. Anne Summers, Board President, will give an overview of health issues to watch for; how breeders select traits to maintain the health of the breed; and what the Berner-Garde tracks both to fully document breed lineages and to facilitate research into cures for common diseases.

See our calendar for details and address.

​Calendar of Events

Watch the BMDCO calendar for specifics of coming events: Monthly board meetings, Berner meet-and-greets, conformation events, carting clinics and much more.

Come One - Come All

Monthly BMDCO Board Meetings

Attending board meetings is a great way to keep up on club business and to put faces to the names of board members. Our meeting agenda may be packed full, yet we also have a doggone good time in the process.

BMDCO board meetings are always open for members to attend. They are normally the first Wednesday of the month at McMenamins in Wilsonville. We meet at 6:30 p.m. to order dinner and socialize. The actual meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. We are seated in one of the private dining areas, so ask the host where to find us.

Stay in Touch!

Join BMDCO Yahoo Group

The BMDCO Group Yahoo list includes all current members. Annual dues were due Jan. 1, so be sure to renew your membership to stay on this list. 

Watch your email for an invitation to join this list if you don’t already belong. Feel free to ignore the email should you not wish to join.

The BMDCO Yahoo Group enables us do outreach for volunteers, promote club events and swap wisdom about living with Berners. Members frequently seek input into problem behaviors, perplexing health issues, etc. This online forum is a place to pass on BMD swag we can no longer use.

Remember to Update Berner-Garde! 

Please update Berner Garde when you get a new pup or rescue dog - also when you have lost one of your beloved companions. 

You can note certificates, titles, health issues, date of death, cause of death, temperament concerns, number of litters and even studies entered. Photos are always a plus! 

Help us promote long, healthy lifespans in Berners! Contribute to the Berner-Garde Foundation database so that we can track and, hopefully reduce, the inherited health issues of the breed.

Visit the Berner Garde Foundation >

Get the Poop on

Auction items - Berner plates and Lazy Susan


The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Oregon (BMDCO) was established in 1983 to protect and support the needs of Bernese Mountain Dogs. We proudly boast a membership of over 150 people, with more joining all the time.

New members are always welcome - you needn’t own a Bernese Mountain Dog to belong to the club.

BMDCO to Host Specialty

Summit to Sea

We're proud to be hosting Summit to Sea, the Bernese Mountain Club of America (BMDCA) National Specialty this April.

Watch for details on club activities during the event, calls for volunteers, Meet the Breed times and locations.

Spring Draft Clinic

Get ready to roll with Jennifer Brightbill's carting clinic! We got something for beginners and an experienced cart dogs and handlers alike. Read on for details, or grab the drafting clinic flyer.

Download the drafting clinic flyer >>

Beginning Drafting Workshop

Saturday morning, March 4, starting at 9:00 am. This beginner workshop is for dogs and/or handlers who have never tried carting with their dog or whose dog hasn't yet been successful in pulling a cart.

Learn fun ways to introduce your dog to the cart and games to make it fun. Not all dogs will be ready to pull a cart in this session but you will gain some tools to further develop this activity at home.

The workshop is open to all breeds. Harnesses of various sizes will be available, but carts provided are for Bernese sized dogs. If you have your own harness and/or cart, bring them along with a crate or ex-pen and lots of soft treats. The participants in this workshop need to bring a helper to work with them.

Pre-registration required. Six spaces available. BMDCO members given preference.

Advanced Drafting Match – Preparation for draft tests with judge's feedback

Saturday afternoon, March 4, starting at 12:30 p.m. This match is for experienced carting dogs and handlers, or those who have mastered the basics and want to learn how to prepare and practice for a draft test. A draft course will be set up for each participant to maneuver one time through - without basic control or harness and hitch segments. You will receive a judge's scoring sheet with feedback.

All participants will have an opportunity to then practice on individual “problem” areas with help on improvements. If there is time, practice for the basic control and harness and hitch segments will be included afterward. Freight haul experience is planned for indoors as well.

Depending on the weather, we may be able to practice outside! Plan on mud and rain though – even draft tests are held in bad weather! Bring your cart and harness, weights, a crate or ex-pen and lots of soft treats.

Great Turnout for the Holiday Banquet and Auction

The December meeting of BMDCO at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall was festive as ever. Over 50 club members turned out on Dec. 3 to celebrate the season and our common bond of berners, berners, berners.

The membership elected 2017 board members, voted in several new members, celebrated both incoming and outgoing board members and committee chairs, and generally had a doggone good time.

Auction Raises $2,863

The annual holiday auction was lively, raising $2,863. All money raised goes to support club-sponsored activities and rescue/re-home efforts. 

Auction items ranged from a classic wooden draft cart to Berner-themed blankets, plates and artwork. 

A big berner hug to all who participated. Don't be a stranger - we have lots of events scheduled for 2017. Check out the BMDCO calendar for details.

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of OR


Feb. 12 Playdate Has a New Theme

We originally advertised a talk by veterinarian Dr. Woods about cardiac health with a heart clinic to follow. Low pre-enrollment compels us to cancel this presentation and clinic.

Instead, join us for a talk about Berner health.

Auctioning off Berner-themed blanket

Meet the Breeds a Hit

BMDCO at Rose City Classic

At the recent Rose City Classic Dog Show, the BMDCO Meet the Breeds booth was hopping. According to Larry Neilson, 10 dogs and eight club members staffed the event. And, as usual, more club members stopped by to join in the fun. 

Dos in braces staffed their raft carts. Sadly, Larry took a pass on the Lederhosen. Apparently, they’re very uncomfortable when wet, and it was raining cats and dogs that day. In spite of our lack of esprit de corps, Dog Show attendees showed lots of interest in the breed and its proud heritage. Several expressed interest in joining the club. 

To all who are interested in joining BMDCO, Meet the Breeds is the perfect opportunity to meet a sponsor (sponsorship is a prerequisite to joining). Our next Meet the Breeds is scheduled for the Clackamas Kennel Club in Canby this June. See our calendar for details.

Meet Our Sister Clubs

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Greater Seattle (BMDCGS)

Inland Northwest Bernese Mountain Dog Club (Washington, Idaho, Montana and northeast Oregon)

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska​ (BMDC of AK)

National Clubs

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA)

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada