Welcome to Our Club



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.

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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!

What is a Bernese Mt. Dog?


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.

Our mission is to encourage & promote understanding & appreciation of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs

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!

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Core Area Covered by BMDCCV

We are recognized by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America.


We cover most of the central part of Virginia; from Richmond, through Charlottesville,  Stuarts Draft,  Lynchburg, Roanoke and Danville. 



We invite you to join us for a couple gatherings and then consider becoming a member! Our club is strengthened by each member, please join us to become an active and participating member of the BMDCCV. 

Membership Application Instructions

Membership Application

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Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia

Interested in joining us? Find out more or  click here for an application.  Use the "Contact Us"  button for questions or other concerns.

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Officers & Directors

President:  Burk Hershey

Vice President: Andrea Stefanac

Secretary: Suzi Schwartz 

Treasurer: Amanda Urban

Directors:  Woody Delbridge, Braun Epperly, Andrea Stefanac

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia