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There are currently four informative breed books available in English. The Cochrane and Simonds books focus on the breed in England; the Russ and Rogers book along with the Smith book deal primarily with the breed in the United States. The Ludwig book provides a brief introduction to all four of the Swiss mountain dogs. The German language book is the most complete reference available. For those interested in draft work the Powell book is excellent.

Baertschi, M.& Spengler, H: Hunde sehen, zuechten, erleben - Das Buch vom Berner Sennenhund, Haupt, Bern und Stuttgart, 1992

Cochrane, Diana. The Bernese Mountain Dog, Diana Cochrane, Harlington House, Pershore Lane Martin Hussingtree Worcester. WR3 8TA Great Britain Tel 01905.456.959 email ,  (1987)

Ludwig, Gerd. The Bernese and Other Mountain Dogs, Barrons (1995)

Powell, Consie. Newfoundland Draft Work - a Guide for Training. Consie and Roger Powell, Ottawa Newfoundlands, 5208 Olive Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

Waldbaum, Laura. Carting With Your Dog - Positive Draft Training For Fun and Competition, Dogwise Publishing, 403 S. Mission St., Wenatchee WA 98801 (2011) Paperback

Russ, Diane, and Rogers, Shirle. The Beautiful Bernese Mountain Dogs, Alpine Publications, P.O. Box 7027, Loveland, CO 80537 (1993)

Simonds, Jude. The Complete Bernese Mountain Dog, Howell Book House, 866 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022 (1989)

Smith, Sharon. The New Bernese Mountain Dog, Howell Book House, 866 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022 (1995)

Guenter, Bernd. The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog of Destiny, Doral Publishing, 3 Burroughs Irvine, CA 92618 (2004)

The Alpenhorn is a magazine containing articles on all aspects of the breed: showing, breeding, training, health issues, etc.  It is published six times a year, in alternate months, by the BMDCA.

The Illustrated Standard of the Bernese Mountain Dog. This version of the official standard includes pictures, illustrations and commentary to help both novice and expert better understand and interpret the AKC standard. It is available from the BMDCA.

The Bernese Mountain Dog video is part of the AKC video series. Like the illustrated standard it includes graphics and commentary to make the standard more understandable. It is available from the AKC store.

Philip Shaffer,