The Berner-Garde Foundation was established to assist in efforts to improve the health of Bernese Mountain Dogs. The BGF is comprised of a voluntary Board of Directors and other workers. Berner-Garde efforts are designed to support scientific research into the causes and cures for genetic diseases and general health of our beloved Berners.


To support these goals, the Berner-Garde Foundation:

  • Maintains a computerized database to record information about diseases and general health observed in Bernese Mountain Dogs. The information in the Berner-Garde Database is publicly available online, free of charge to everyone. more...

  • The Berner-Garde Foundation, with support from the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America, has established a repository of DNA and tumor tissue from Bernese Mountain Dogs. This repository, housed at Michigan State University, can provide researchers with a wealth of assistance for approved projects. more ...

  • The Berner-Garde Foundation supports research studies aimed at reducing the health problems found in Bernese Mountain Dogs. Research proposals and assistance are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors. more ...


The Berner-Garde Foundation depends on donations to fund its operations and continue its work. If you find the database useful and support BGF research assistance programs, please consider donating to the foundation.

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