About the Club


PVBMDC membership is made up of BERNER LOVERS from all walks of life: breeders, pet owners, dog-show aficionados, obedience trainers, agility competitors, tracking and draft dog owners. While we may differ in our enthusiasm for the many ways to enjoy owning and living with these BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, we share a dedication to protect and preserve the integrity of the breed.

The majority of our members reside in Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania. Most  meetings and activities are held in and in proximity to Frederick County, Maryland.

Our constitution states, in part, that our objectives are as follows:

  • To do all possible to bring the natural qualities of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs to perfection by selective breeding.

  • To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which Bernese Mountain Dogs shall be judged.

  • To do all in our power to protect and advance the interest of the breed by providing a forum for the dissemination of all information pertaining to the breed.


  • To conduct dog-related activities, sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, obedience trials, and tracking tests under the rules of the AKC, and draft tests under the rules of the BMDCA.


  • To encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, carting competitions, herding trails, and other competitions involving dogs

The Board strives to balance the annual event calendar with activities that appeal to all members' interests: tailgate parties at dog shows, fun days at members' homes, and educational presentations to benefit the welfare of our dogs. Our meetings are open to all.  See the calendar for upcoming events.

Some Activities regularly held:

  • Draft tests and draft clinics, enabling Berners to demonstrate their carting abilities and obtain drafting titles.  

  • Annual fall AKC B-OB match provides the proverbial classroom for judges, exhibitors and observers.  

  • Regional Specialty Conformation, Obedience and Rally Shows

  • Educational programs 

  • Community activities to include Dog Walks 

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Board of Directors 


President - Jack Crifasi

Vice President - Joyce Dickhoff 

Treasurer  - Bob Reeve  
Secretary  - Dotty Foellmer 
                      1009 Notley Road
                      Silver Spring, MD 20904

Mary McKnight  

Katie Palmer

Sandy Novocin

Kara MacWilliams

Committee Chairs

PV Barks! e-mail communications - Bob Reeve 

Berner-Garde Liaison - Maria Crifasi

BMDCA Health Committee Liaison - Georgeann Reeve

BMDCA Regional Club Council representative - Sandy Novocin

Breeder Referral - Vacant

Draft Committee - Jack Crifasi 

Facebook - Katie Palmer 

Membership - Maria Crifasi

Newsletter  - Johanna Appel

Rescue - Mary McKnight 

Sunshine - 

Website - Bob Reeve

2021 Independent Specialty Show Chair - Cancelled 

Supported Entry Liaison Sandy Novocin

2021 Designated Specialties  Georgeann Reeve

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