2021 Show

Mrs Lindsay Thomson, Vevey Bernese, South Australia.

My first Bernese Mountain Dog Gemma came to our family in 2002 as a companion and Obedience dog. I started to show her (always owner handled) and together we completed her CD title and Champion title. I owner handle all my dogs and we train in Conformation, Obedience, Rally and previously in Therapy.

I have a reasonably small breeding program, yet have Champion titled 25+ Bernese Mountain Dogs that I have bred/owned including multiple Best In Group winning dogs, BISS, RUBISS and RUBIS winners.

The gene pool in Australia is very small so I have imported dogs from USA, Hungary, Sweden, Croatia and New Zealand to add to the diversity in my breeding program. I have also imported frozen semen that I have used with good success from USA, New Zealand and Europe.

I have been honored to be asked handle dogs at 3 of the 4 American National Specialties I have attended (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014), World Show 2010 in Denmark, Swedish All Breeds and Specialty Shows, Finnish Specialty Show, Norwegian Club show and New Zealand All Breeds Shows.

A big highlight was handling the Reserve Best Male and CACIB winner at The European Dog Show 2015, Oslo, Norway.

I have travelled all over the world to visit kennels and see our beautiful breed exhibited including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan, Finland, New Zealand and Russia.

I attended The World Dog Show in 2010 Denmark, 2014 Finland and 2018 in Amsterdam for the Health Symposium, Judges meeting and World Show.

I have judged BMDs in 4 countries, USA, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. Sennenfest Russia 2015, BMDCV Specialty Open Show 2012, Australia as well as All Breeds shows in Australia, New Zealand and USA. I was honored to judge the North Coast Regional Specialty in Canfield, Ohio, USA in 2016 and BMDCWI Regional Specialty in 2020.

I look for a balanced, strong, sound dog that is not overdone, the dog must be able to do a day’s work. Temperament is paramount. I am known as a kind judge who the dogs respond well to. This is a very important quality to have when judging young dogs especially as a good ring experience sets them up for future success. 

I am proud of what Australian breeders have achieved, with our limited gene pool and long distances often required to travel to shows and for breedings.

I look forward to my July appointment at BMDCNSW Specialty.