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.
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn about us and Bernese Mountain Dogs. There are many links throughout this site to further your own education about the breed. Enjoy! Also, come to some of our events and talk to our knowledgable members. See the calendar page!
We cover most of the central part of Virginia; from Richmond, through Charlottesville, Stuarts Draft, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Danville.
President: Burk Hershey
Vice President: Andrea Stefanac
Secretary: Suzi Schwartz
Treasurer: Amanda Urban
Directors: Woody Delbridge, Braun Epperly, Andrea Stefanac