Quick to learn, the dogs of the Working Group are intelligent, strong, watchful, and alert, Bred to assist man, they excel at jobs such as guarding property and livestock, pulling sleds, and performing water rescues.
The Bernese Mountain Dogs are an intelligent, large working dog that is both strong and versatile. They are multi-purpose farm dogs bred to guard, herd, and haul produce to market (drafting). They can be found competing in various sports, exemplifying their working dog heritage,
Whether competing or enjoying a weekend hike, a Berner is happiest when with their human partners and beloved family members.
Draft work tests the traditional skills used by generations of Bernese Mountain Dogs in Switzerland. Teams complete a course including direction changes, gates, load/offload, distractions, and a long-haul carrying weight.
Come play with your draft dog!
The primary purpose of a conformation event, commonly referred to as “dog show,” is to evaluate how closely each dog conforms to the AKC breed standard . These standards describe the physical characteristics necessary for the breed to perform the function(s) for which it was bred.
Rally is all about teamwork, and is one of AKC's most popular performance sports. Teams complete a course at their own pace, using unlimited communication to praise and encourage their dogs.
How fun is that?
Agility is the dog version of a "Need for speed". Completing an obstacle course (against the clock) that includes tunnels, jumps, and weaves.
Enthusiastic support from handler and audience makes this energetic sport exciting for both competitors and spectators.