Monday, 30 January 2017

Miniature Pinscher

Most American Miniature Pinscher owners know that their breed got its start in Germany. But few may realize that the Miniature Pinscher in Germany, and most of Europe, is very different from what they know and love as the "Min Pin."

In Germany, where the breed dates back centuries, the Miniature Pinscher is under the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standard, and is called a "reduced image" of the medium-sized German Pinscher. It ideally has a sturdy body, a prominent, elongated muzzle, and a trotting gait. A hackney-like gait--the defining characteristic of the breed's American cousin--is a fault. A light build is also a fault. The most descriptive word for the breed in the FCI standard is kräftig, meaning, strong.

In the U.S., the Miniature Pinscher has been developed with a different emphasis. The hackney-like gait is sought after, along with the svelte body to go with it. Although the AKC breed standard does promote a level of strength, the dog tends to have thinner bones than its European counterpart, and a smaller head.

One reason for the difference is the group classification. The AKC places the breed in the Toy Group, alongside Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and all the smallest of the small dogs. By contrast, the FCI places the Miniature Pinscher in Group 2, the Pinscher-Schnauzer group, to compete against the larger dogs of that class.

Over time, a breed will tend to adapt to the group in which it is placed, no matter its breed standard. For the company they keep, it can truly be said today that the American Min Pin is a Toy, and the European Miniature Pinscher is a Pinscher.

History Miniature Pinscher

But it was not always so. The breed has gone through many changes since its primitive days, between extremes.

At times in the 18th century, the highest ideal German breeders sought was "smallness, for which they sacrificed everything else."1 The breed was tiny, frail, and was judged sitting on pillows or in cages, as little more than a lapdog without strength. The original breed standard of 1880 said very little about body structure, and focused mostly on head and color.

hings began to change after the breed got its official start in 1895, at the founding of the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub of Germany (PSK). One founder of the PSK, Joseph Berta, had the most influence on the development of the early Miniature Pinscher.

Mr. Berta, also a judge, guided the breed away from the tiny, unsound dogs favored by the public, and brought them toward their stronger ideal. At shows, Mr. Berta required that the breed be exhibited walking. He rewarded the dogs most solidly developed, and these stronger dogs were selected for breeding.

His demand for quality met resistance, but Mr. Berta held firm. He stated that the breed should be "healthy, well-balanced, tightly-knit specimens with good gait, uniformity in neck and head, correct color markings, and, least of all, diminutiveness."

Diminutiveness--meaning, exceptionally small size--was the least important trait of all. Berta believed breeders should seek overall soundness in type. Said Berta:

I consider as ideal the Miniature Pinscher head which fits with the four-square body, with the strong, upright forequarters, with the sinewy back, with the neck which flows alert and sinewy out of the shoulder and which carries the lines of breeding art; which, as a whole, fits in harmoniously and presents a fitting and aesthetic effect . . . I want a whole head and not merely a skull with a pair of ugly eyes; I want a head with a well-developed muzzle which works itself strongly out of beautiful lines, then a uniform and harmonious unity is formed, a perfect picture of breeding created.2To fit that ideal, the standard was updated to emphasize the "compact and muscular" body, with a straight topline and deep chest. Thin bones became a fault, along with apple-shaped heads. The idea of the breed as a small Pinscher became elevated over the tiny lapdog. That mental picture led the FCI to require that "the Miniature Pinscher is a reduced image of the German Pinscher, without the drawbacks of a dwarfed appearance." This remains today as the ideal in continental Europe and Scandinavia.

In the U.S., where the German standard was shared for a few years, the "pinscherness" never really caught on. Although there are tales of oversized American Miniature Pinschers with hunting skills, these had no place under the standard, and were sought in South America to hunt rabbits.

Early confusion over where to place the American Miniature Pinscher is evident in the shuffling around the breed underwent in its early days. As the breed was introduced to the AKC in the 1920s, the problem arose of which group to place him in. The AKC did not have a Pinscher-Schnauzer group.

The AKC decided to place him in the Terrier Group in 1925, under the name "Pinscher (Toy)." This reflected two things: the breed was too pinscher-like to belong in the Toy Group, yet held enough Toy characteristics to be called a Toy pinscher.

But he was still out of place. Five years later, the AKC moved him to the Toy Group and changed the name to "Pinscher (Miniature)." Perhaps the name change was a compromise, to retain something above the Toy idea, and to discourage the diminutive breeding shunned by Mr. Berta.

Old American Ideal

The American and European Miniature Pinschers did not become what they are today overnight. The breed could have gone in a number of directions. Both strength and frailness were available in the early German Miniature Pinscher and old American Min Pins. Over time, diversity of styles was naturally phased out to unify the breed according to standard and category. As the breed advanced in Europe, stricter attention was given to the development of strong bodies, while in the U.S., the greatest focus was given to creating and accommodating the hackney-like gait.

Prior to the 1980s, the ideal was Rebel Roc's Casanova Von Kurt, known as "Little Daddy," born Sept. 11, 1958. He has been called "the greatest American-bred toy dog of all time."3 His image continues to be used everywhere, on websites, books, logos, to represent "the" American Miniature Pinscher

Ironically, Little Daddy did not have a hackney-like gait,4 which is considered an American Min Pin's distinguishing characteristic. Today, without a proper hackney, this most famous of American Miniature Pinschers would not qualify under the AKC standard, despite his many appealing qualities.

Min pin

When persons outside the United States say "Min Pin," they undoubtedly think of the breed they know in their own country, even though "Min Pin" originated in America as a shorthand name for its own particular style of dog. For those inside the United States, the nickname "Min Pin"--and recently, "Mini Pin"--brings to mind the common American version of the breed. The nickname is attached to such a strong image, any American familiar with the Min Pin would quickly doubt that something stronger and un-toylike can be called by this name. The American Min Pin is a charming, most popularly black/tan, high-stepping, entertaining, tiny toy. Naturally, there is an assumption that miniature means "as small as possible," and that if it's mini, it must be better the smaller it gets. The undersize, so-called "teacup" is now quite common.

In America, the last thing "Min Pin" brings to mind is Miniature Pinscher.

By entitling this essay Miniature Pinscher vs. "Min Pin," we intended to broaden everyone's thinking about the breed, and give more emphasis to the Pinscher that lies within it. We hope we have done that, and helped others think outside the box for ways to improve the breed toward its fullest beauty.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Biewer terriers

Hi & welcome to our beautiful Biewer terriers at West Bridge.

We are currently the only purebred Biewer Terrier breeders in the United Kingdom. Our interest in the Beautiful Biewer began back in 2007. We studied and researched these adorable little dogs, and like many others soon became addicted. We made friends with like minded doggy lovers and breeders, and waited patiently for just the right little Biewer dream babies to come into our lives.
There has been much speculation as to the history of the breed, which originated in Germany in 1984. Herr Werner Biewer & his wife Frau Gertrud Biewer are the originator's of the Biewer (Please read history page nenikuyuja)

It is our sincere wish that every Biewer breeder works together for the betterment of this magical little dog. We hold dear the health & welfare of all our dogs, and this is no less important and indeed paramount to our breeding program working to establish only the best puppies for temprement, soundness, standard, conformation, quality, indeed healthy & happy little dogs.
We are founding members of the BTCUK (Biewer Terrier Club of the United Kingdom) and it is our wish to take this new breed forward in the UK.
We hope you enjoy looking through our site, please feel free to contact us, should you wish any further information or advice. When our pups are ready to go to their forever homes, we will notify here on this site, they are sold on a Contract Only basis & viewing is strictly by appointment only.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Akita Inu

Type of Owner Experienced
Size Rating Giant
Today's Use Companion, security
Group Working

Also Known As Akita Inu, Japanese Akita
Description The Akita comes in various sizes from large to very large and can be characterized by a large curled tail, erect ears and broad head. The Akita has been described as "dignified, good-natured, alert, bold , courageous and loyal." By its nature the breed is undemonstrative and aloof, which means training can be troublesome. Males will have a tendency to get into dog fights more frequently than in other breeds, but well trained individuals make excellent companions. The Akita, posed and regal, is best kept by experienced dog owners.
Temperament Active, Independent, Loyal
Century 1600s
Initial Use Height 24 to 28 in
Popularity 35 Weight 75 to 130 lbs
Country Of Origin Japan Life Expectancy 10 to 12 yrs
Coat Double Coated, 1-2 inches long with dense undercoated
Colors All

History The official dog of Japan was developed by a Japanese nobleman living in exile in the province of Akita, on Honshu island. They were used in pairs to hunt large quarry such as bears. The Akita is the largest of all Japanese breeds and was once bred for pit fighting. By the 1930's this breed was saved from near extinction by the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Breeds.
Registries AKC FCI KC CKC

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Australian Shepherd

The origin of the Australian Shepherd is not definitely known but despite their name, they were thought to have come from the Pyrenees region (between Spain and France). The local Basque herders migrated to other countries in search of work, Australia being one of these. In the early 1900's, Australia was exporting sheep to America by the boatloads and these little blue dogs acquired their name as they came off the boats with their masters.

These Basque dogs were similar to the dogs that traveled to the New World with the Spanish sheep and resembled today's Australian Shepherds. They were renowned for their herding ability, protective nature and intense devotion to their master.

As the Spanish expanded into the New World, so did their sheep and dogs. These dogs prospered in the American south west and became known as New Mexican Shepherds. They were larger than the little Basgue dogs. They remained isolated there until the Gold Rush and the rising American wool market when the wildly coloured dogs started to attract attention. These dogs bred true to type and in time were crossed with other good working dogs to develop the present day Australian Shepherds.

The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) was founded in 1957 and today they are a recognized breed in most countries.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


The first litter of puppies was born at Bernegården the 09/05/80. My very first male, Ch Alphof’s Athos and the female Alphof’s Gita Natanja, sired this litter. It resulted in one champion Nuch Such Bernegården’s Aron, and one CAC winner.  The same male, and Ch Bitte sired the second litter the year after. This litter resulted in 4 champions; amongst them two who even became group placed. These dogs were all imported from Sweden, but with direct Swiss bloodline,  as Ch Alphof’s Athos was a son out of ch King V Liebegg, and Ch Bitte was a daughter of Ch Odette V Rigihang, both imported from Switzerland to Sweden.

Ch Mar Don’s Cottonelle

Even with the success so early producing champions, I was not very happy for the, in my opinion, lack of quality I did find in the breed. This made me look out of the Scandinavian countries to try to find a Saint Bernard that had the confirmation, balance and type I did consider the breed should have.
And then come my first American import to Norway, Ch Mar Don’s Cottonelle. This female became a” flying start” to a line who so far has produced 166 Bernegården’s champions, (2003) several group winning dogs as well as several Best in Show winners and number one all breed dogs.  Cottonelle was first mated to the Dutch imported male, Ch Helmut van Wijk Heim, this male producing more then 30 champions, a very important stud dog for the breed in the early years of 1980.
This litter gave me two champions and three more who were CAC’s winners.

One of the champions was Int. Ch Bernegården’s Gulliver.
This dog had a big influence on the breed in Norway as well as outside the country; he did produce 15 champions and several CAC’s winners.  The line I further got from Gulliver has been very important in my breeding program. Most known are Int Ch Nord Ch Bernegården’s Laramie, top Saint Bernard in Norway in 1986 and 1988,  (sired 10 champions and several CAC’s winners)  Int Ch Nuch Such Bernegården’s All Alone, top Saint Bernard in Norway in 1990,  (sired 6 champions and several CAC’s winners, this dog died sadly far too young)  and Nuch Such Bernegården’s Vagabond, the three of them Speciality Best In Show winners, the two first one’s group winners and Best in Show winners.
A daughter of Ch Bernegården’s Gulliver, Nuch Such Bernegården’s Yerba was exported to New Zealand, and became one of the foundation bitches on Bernedale kennel.

Int. Ch Bernegården’s Gulliver

A daughter of Yerba, Ch Bernedale Britt Marit, became an Aust & NZ Ch and was
Australia’s first Grand Champion Saint Bernard. Her son again, by ch Bernegården’s Khedive has just in these days become a Grand Champion, this making Bernedale Britt Marit the only Saint Grand Champion to have also produced offspring to gain such a title in Australia (2003). Bernedale Britt Marit is sired by Ch Bernegården’s Frodo. This has resulted in 50 Champions born at Bernedale kennel in either Australia or New Zealand, including 6 Aust & NZ Champions & 4 Grand Champions directly from my exports (2003).
A Champion daughter sired by Ch Bernegården’s Laramie, Ch Bernegården’s Wind Song, was exported to England, kennel Fastacre. Another daughter, Ch Bernegården’s Wild Magic became a BIS speciality winner in Norway. One of Laramie’s most influence litter for further breeding in Norway become the Bernegården’s first R-litter  with amongst them Bernegården’s Rigoletto, Bernegården’s Rebecca and Bernegården’s Regina.  Rigoletto sired Nuch GBCh Bernegården’s Buckpasser who went to kennel Abbotsbury in England.  Buckpasser did produce several champions, as well as being the grand father of the CRUFT winner in 1996,  GB Ch Abbotsbury Ailanthus. Buckpasser’s litter sister,
Int Ch Nuch Such Bernegården’s Butterfly produced also several champions in Norway and in Sweden,
and mated to Ch Bernegården’s Fellini Amorouso, a son out of Bernegården’s Rebecca,  did she produce Int Ch Nuch Such Bernegården’s Big Banjo, a shorthaired group winner. Banjo was mated to Int Ch Nuch Such Bernegården’s Petite Fleur, a daughter of USA imported Int Ch Nuch Such Stoan’s Zephyr V Shorecliff,  and in this litter was the famous shorthaired Multi Ch Bernegården’s Ragtime born. (Mother of Petite Fleur is also a half sister of Gulliver.)

Bernegården’s Regina was mated back to her grandfather, Ch Bernegården’s Gulliver, and this litter gave as result, one puppy,Ch Bernegården’s All Alone. All Alone, produced together with his half sister, (also a Gulliver daughter), Ch Bernegården’s Joker Adamson, who was exported to Bernedale kennel in New Zealand, a dog who should become the one to give the breed in New Zealand as well as in Australia the correct head type. Joker himself became also a group winner as well as a Best in Show winner. Joker sired 10 champions. A daughter out of Ch Bernegården’s Vagabond, Bernegården’s Golden Copy went also to New Zealand, and the litter sister Bernegården’s Golden Queen went to Abbotsbury in England. (Mother to these two, also a half sister of Gulliver) Another half sister of Gulliver, Nuch Such Bernegården’s Ophelia was mated to USA Ch Nuch Such Opdyke’s Jerrod.
From this litter was Bernegården’s Troja exported to Belgium.

This female become the most winning Saint Bernard in Belgium the year she was out in the ring.
One of her son’s, Int Ch Belg Ch Ned Ch Lux Ch Nuch Rodan V Maltahaus was imported back to Bernegården’s kennel in Norway.  One of Rodan’s son’s Bernegården’s Harvey, was sold to Barandi kennel in England. (Producer of champions.) Another male from the same litter, Int Ch Nuch Such Lux Ch Belg Ch USA ch, Bernegården’s Hamilton was later sold to USA (Hamilton became also a group and Bis winner, and a producer of Champions)

A son of Hamilton, USA Ch Bernegården’s Quest, (mother Int Ch Nuch Such Belg Ch Vienna Van’t Hof Ter Quinni, litter sister to the famous Valour) and another son of Rodan, USA Ch Bernegården’s Like a Dream, (mother Bernegården’s Faworita, a daughter from Multi Ch Bernegården’s Mascara)
are both on the top 20 lists from the Saint Bernard’s in USA these days.(2003)

Int Ch Nuch Such Lux Ch Belg Ch USA ch 

Bernegården’s Hamilton 

A litter brother of Troja, Int Ch Nuch Such Iceland Champion Bernegården’s Tamlin was sold to Island, and became there a Best in Show winner. Another litter sister, Bernegården’s Theodora, was exported pregnant to Bernedale kennel in New Zealand.This litter resulted in 12 puppies from where 8 become champions in either New Zealand or Australia. Amongst them the well-known Best in show winner, Grand Champion Bernedale Incredible. Father to this litter was Ch Stoan’s Zephyr V Shorecliff.

Theodora became the best producing female in New Zealand and Australian breed history. Theodora was also mated to Ch Bernegården’s Khedive, a half brother of Valentin. From this litter comes Ch Bernedale’s Call Me Beau, best in show winner at the 1999 Perth Royal show.Beau won many Best in Shows (All Breeds) he also won runner up best in show at Darwin Royal, and he was also awarded Best of Breed at every Major royal around Australia in addition to his multiple Best in Show awards in Melbourne. Beau was also the first Saint in Melbourne to achieve his Grand Champion title
and is still the most highly achieved Saint Bernard. His father Khedive has so far produced more then 30 champions in New Zealand and Australia. The litter Theodora-Khedive resulted in 6 champions.

Int Ch Nord Ch GB Ch 
Bernegården’s J.R

Ch Mar Don’s Cottonelle was also mated to the American imported dog, Ch Castlewood’s Yamaha,
a combination who produced 10 champions as well as 2 CAC’s winners. One of these males, Int Ch Nord Ch GB Ch Bernegården’s J.R. went to kennel Fastacre in England. This dog sired champions, in Norway and Sweden, as well as in New Zealand. The puppies that was born in New Zealand, was sired by frozen semen export. One male, Ch Fastacre Cotton Duke, was exported to kennel Tai Yuan in New Zealand. Cotton Duke sired the most winning Saint Bernard ever in New Zealand history, Grand Champion Tai Yuan’s True To Form. A litter brother of J.R, Nuch Such Bernegården’s Jupiter,
sired together with the female Anan’ke, (who was a father-daughter breeding on my Ch Alpohf’s Athos,) the longhaired female, Erstads Bonni, who became the mother of the very famous longhaired male, Multi Ch Bernegården’s Valentin.

The father of Valentin was the very influenced stud dog in the breed, Opdyke’s Shadow producing 36 champions. Valentin himself wrote breed history by becoming the number one all breed dog in Norway in 93. This male was " Number one Saint Bernard, number 2 working dog and number 9 all breed dog in Norway 1992, at the age of one year. Number one Saint Bernard, number one working dog, and number one all breed dog in Norway 1993, at the age of two years. Finishing his show carrier at the age of 2 years and 10 months. Doing a comeback after his 8th birthday getting as result, Number One Saint Bernard Veteran,number one all breed veteran, number three working dog, and number ten all breed dog in Norway 1999, almost 9 years old when he was retired.

Multi Ch Bernegården’s Valentin

Valentin had 38 groups first and 32 best in show in his lifetime, including Bis speciality as well as all breed veterans. At the age of 7 year Valentin was entered at the American National in the veteran class, winning this class, honoured with a selection of merit. At the trailer show, he also took a Best in Show.
Valentin is out of a litter of 10, where 7 became champions,the three last ones where sadly enough never showed. He produced himself 16 champions as well as several CAC’s winners.

Valentin’s most known son is Multi ch Bernegården’s Montgomery, (mother is Valentin’s half sister, Bernegården’s Chardonnay) a group and Best in show winning dog, top Saint Bernard, number one working breed dog, and number two all breed dog in Norway in 2001 Best in Show winner in Norway as well as in Belgium, and getting third best in Show in Euro-show in Kortrijk under Harry Jordan,
as well as being the group winner at the world show in Amsterdam last year.(2002)

Valentin was also mated to Ch Bernegården’s Petite Fleur,  and here was Multi Ch Bernegården’s Mascara born. This longhaired female became the most winning Saint Bernard female and most titled female in Belgian history. A female who took several group placements and with a second all breed best in show as best result. This female became the start of kennel Van Hof Ten Eynder's show carrier in Belgium. Another daughter of Valentin, Int ch Ned Ch Belg Ch Lux Ch Bernegården’s Ivory,
was exported to kennel Always Friends in Nederland, where she did became one of the foundation females in this kennel. Her most known son is Ch Always Friends Chico- Lafayette,
who is the only Nederland born Saint Bernard to win an all breed best in Show in Nederland.
Father of Chico is Int Ch Ned Ch Lux Ch Bernegården’s Lafayette. (half brother of Harvey who is in England, and litter brother to Ch Like a Dream who is in USA) Ch Bernegården’s Petite Fleur did also produce a litter with Opdyke’s Shadow, the father of Valentin, here producing another Best in Show winner, Int Ch Nuch Such Bernegården’s Going for Gold,  top Saint Bernard in Norway in 1994. A half sister of Petite Fleur, Belg ch Bernegården’s Quanta la Mehra, was exported to kennel Van’t Hof ter Quinni in Belgium. She became the foundation female in this kennel, and the start of this kennel’s line of producing champions

Petite Fleur’s most known off spring is Multi ch Bernegården’s Ragtime. This dog became the most winning Saint Bernard ever in European history,  getting 20 different titles to his name, winning 13 Best in shows in different European countries, becoming the most winning working breed dog in Belgium, Nederland France,  Luxembourg and Portugal the same year.  Amongst his Best in show wins were the BIS in Porto,  at the Portuguese kennel club’s 100 years jubilee show, The Best in Show at the Euro-show in Kortrijk in Belgium, Best in Show in Austria, Second Best in Show in St.Gallen in Switzerland, Best in Show in Lille in France, including the second Best in Show at the Longchamp show in Paris.

Amongst all the champion’s Ragtime has produced, is the J-litter the most known litter. Mother to this litter, Ch Opdyke’s Grace, top Brood bitch in England 2002. From this litter came GB Ch Bernegården’s Journey, exported to kennel Snowfordhill in England, and Nuch GB Ch Bernegården’s Jacona, exported to kennel Barandi in England. Two of the litter brother’s, went to USA, and became
USA Ch Bernegården’s Johnnie Walker and USA Ch Bernegården’s Jackson. To Hungary went the European Ch Hungary Ch Int Ch Bernegården’s Jack Daniels, and to Israel went the Best In Show winner, Israeli Ch Bernegården’s Jazz Man. Belgian Ch Bernegården’s Justice is still on Bernegården kennel, and two more from this litter has even them CAC’s. The three last ones even from this litter are sadly enough never being showed. Another son from Ragtime, born in Belgium, and who was exported to USA, became very fast an American champion as well as being the most titled working Saint Bernard ever in American history. USA CH & WDCH Xmaxkris van 't Hof ten Eynder, CD, CDX, UD, TD, NAP, NJP, OAP, OJP, MXP, MJP, DD, VCD1, VDC2, HF, PE Hall of Fame and Plateau of Excellence. Ragtime was also used with success at Slaton’s kennel in USA with several USA titled champions.

Int ch Ned Ch Lux Ch Belg Ch 

Bernegården’s Ambassador

Wardana kennel in England did import Bernegården’s Xanthippe in whelp to Ch Bernegården’s Ragtime. In this litter was Ch Wardana Raggamuffyn born. She was later mated to Int ch Ned Ch Lux Ch Belg Ch Bernegården’s Ambassador, a half brother of Ch Valentin. This became the start of Wardana’s breeding-program. This litter gave as result Ch Wardana Mr Raggamuffyn Man.
Raggamuffyn Man becomes the BOB winner at the Scottish St Bernard’s Club show in 2002.
Raggamuffyn Man took also group one and a Best In Show in Belgium in 2002, and a litterbrother of his mother Raggamuffin, Wardana Run Em Regged got a group one the same year in Luik in Belgium, as well as getting BOB shorthaired at the world show in Amsterdam 2002.
Both Journey and Jacona has been used successful in the breeding program in England. Journey by already having produced GB champions, and Jacona by producing Barandi Spymaster, who so far has two Best in shows in England and two reserve Best in Shows. The latest litter to Jacona was sired by Multi Ch Bernegården’s Montgomery, the puppies already doing very well in the ring.
One of these youngsters, Barandi Toto’s Star, has got a working breed puppy 3. Montgomery’s offspring is now in the age to start gaining their titles, the youngest one becoming an American champion at the age of 12 months, USA Ch Bernegården’s Touched By An Angel. A shorthaired daughter of Ragtime, Ch Bernegården’s Brooke did together with the Austrian born male, Ch Puma Van Fugerhof, produce a litter of puppies on kennel Van’t Hof Ter Quinni in BelgiumThis litter gave as a result several CAC’s winners as well as champions. The most famous Saint Bernard ever born in Belgium is from this litter, Multi Ch Valour Van’t Hof Ter Quinni. This dog was exported to Argentina, became the most winning Saint Bernard ever in the South American and Argentinean history,
becoming number one all breed dog in Argentina in 2002, winning 60 Best in shows, and, as his grandfather Ragtime, putting 20 different titles to his name.

The youngest champion daughter after Valour is Polish, Croatian and Tjeckisklovakian Champion Bernegården’s Vesta. (Mother a daughter of Valentin) A Hamilton daughter from kennel Van’t Hof Ter Quinni in Belgium, Nuch Such Yellow Rose Van’t Hof Ter Quinni was exported back to Norway,
and has there become one of the highest winning females in the breed by getting several group ones
as well as several group places and with a Best In Show as best result.

Exports from Bernegården’s has gone to USA, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Denmark, Sweden,
Finland, Iceland, Spain, Nederland, Belgium, England, France, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Poland,
Estonia, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Rumania.

Monday, 1 September 2014


All owners and breeders have their individual preferences,
though the basics remain the same.

Lhasa Apso's do accumulate mucus in the corner of their eyes.
This is of no great concern unless there is excessive redness or
the dog is rubbing its eyes or the mucus has a foul odour.
Gently wipe away any mucus with a tissue or lint-free cloth
each day to avoid acculmation of matter
and subsequent eye infections.
N.B. Some lhasa's tend to tear, more excessivly than others,
there could be several reasons for this which may require
veterinary investigation.
To help to prevent staining of the hair under the eye,
a smear of vaseline, just under the
corner of the eye, going down towards the mouth may help.
For mucus which has hardened,
soak a cotton wall ball with warm water and squeeze
so that the mucus is softened by the water.
Then wipe away.
Another option is to use a fine tooth comb and comb downwards
away from the eyes.
Your apso's eyes should be clear and bright.
Apso can suffer from eye problems.

Eyes should be checked daily,
occasionally grass seeds, hair and other foreign bodies,
may find their way into your apso's eyes and cause
extreme irritation.
Should this occur then flush with eye wash or tepid tap water
and seek veterinary advice.
As the apso gets older, you may notice some cloudiness
of the eye which can be due to cataracts forming.
Cataracts occur when the eye lens inside becomes opaque.
Cataracts can impair vision.
If your lhasa incurs an eye injury, keep moist and
seek veterinary attention IMMEDIATELY failure to do so can
result in the loss of your dogs eye.
If any substance gets into the eyes, i.e. soap, grit etc
flush the eyes with either eye wash or warm tap water.
If squinting, tearing or redness of the eyes persist,
then once again seek veterinary attention.

Thursday, 21 August 2014


Description:  The Dalmatian is a distinctively spotted dog; poised and alert; strong, muscular and active; free of shyness; intelligent in expression. He is capable of great endurance, combined with speed.  A friendly, outgoing dog,  he will make a excellent companion for anyone who has the time to exercise and train him.  He will bond very closely with his owner, more so than other breeds and will exhibit separation anxiety when left alone. Dalmatian puppies are born all white and begin to develop their spots by ten to fourteen days.
History:   His name is taken from Dalmatia, part of the former Yugoslavia.  Coming from Dalmatia, a region on the Adriatic Sea north of Albania.  It was in Britain that he became well established as a dog of the British aristocracy, running alongside their horse-drawn carriages.  He has been used as a watchdog, draft dog, shepherd, ratter, bird dog, trail hound, retriever, circus and stage performer and of course as a firehouse mascot.  His registration doubled following the 1959 film "101 Dalmatians."