Western Europe is the heartland of Bernese. That is where they hail from and where for many decades various Bernese Clubs have been committed to preserving this wonderful breed. Germany is an especially great example for ethical breeding practices under the umbrella of the VDH (the German dog club, equivalent to the AKC). Bernese under those breeding programs have to pass strict temperament and conformation tests, as well as have a clean bill of health, to be allowed to pass on their genes. The German breeding club SSV (that I am a member of) also developed various tests to improve the longevity and long-term soundness of the Bernese Mountain Dog. I am excited to be able to tap into their wisdom and share some of the best European bloodlines with the New World.