Welcome to our Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia website. We are a group of Berner enthusiasts located in Central Virginia. Our goal is to have fun with our dogs by providing activities, education, and support for our Berner families in all aspects of conformation, performance, and companion events.
Come join our club meetings and activities. You do not have to own a Berner to join - some folks attend our meetings to get their 'Berner fix', or to learn more about the breed. Regardless, everyone is welcome to join. Some Berner friends often gather with us for traditional events, like our holiday parades. For a membership application click here!
The historical essence of the Bernese Mountain Dog is that of a farm dog of the midland regions of Switzerland, mostly around the city of Berne. In that capacity, it was primarily used as a companion and watchdog to the farmer and his family. It alerted his owner to unfamiliar visitors. It may have been used as a dog to pull a cart. A large dog, well-muscled and with sturdy bone, was needed for this task. For more information, click here.
We cover most of the central part of Virginia; from Richmond, through Charlottesville, Stuarts Draft, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Danville.