The Midland Counties Canine Society’s Annual Championship Dog Show – 28 October 2023

The Midland Counties Canine Society held their Annual Championship Dog Show at the Staffordshire County Showground last week. The Pastoral Group breeds were shown, and the A.V. Imported Breed Register classes were judged by Richard Bott.

An early start for seven committee members and two club members who attended the Mid-Counties Championship Show with 8 of the nine Bergamascos competing on the day…from a total of 15 dogs competing in the A.V. Imported Breed Register….and a productive and fun day – from the six A.V. Imported Breed Register classes competed, Bergamascos had four wins and two second places!

Steve and Ayla Bella won the Post Graduate Bitch Class.

Steve and Bebe achieved 2nd. place in the Puppy Bitch Class.

Raych and Liio won the Post Graduate Dog Class.

Dave and Lucca followed up their Bournemouth Best Of Breed win with Reserve Best Dog.

A nervous Claire and equally nervous 9 months old Biaggio (with Mentor Steve) were pictured before their first-ever show ring appearance, and were awarded a 1st. place in the Puppy Dog Class, although, to be fair, there were two non-runners out of the three entries!

BCUK over the summer

BCUK and their members have been enjoying themselves over the summer period here are a small selection of pics:


Naughty puppy

Owning a puppy, especially as a first time owner can be a daunting experience. We’ve just published a puppy FAQ on our website, to help new puppy owners understand some of the challenges of living with a bergamaso in the early days. You can find the page at the following link https://bergamasco-owners.co.uk/?page_id=1491

Crufts 2021

We have just heard that Crufts 2021 has been cancelled. It was going to be held 15-18 July but due to uncertainty over the pandemic and the health and safety of all involved in Crufts – exhibitors, competitors, Crufts staff and judges, the decision has been taken to cancel. Naturally we are very disappointed as Crufts has become one of the main ways we showcase the Bergamasco, through showing and through our presence at Discover Dogs. Fingers crossed we’ll be back to normal next year!

Some Xmas and Winter Pics

The Bergamasco community have been enjoying themselves over the festive and winter period here is a small selection of pics:

Crufts and Discover Dogs 2019

This year’s Crufts is taking place this week between 7th and 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Crufts is the worlds biggest dog show and we are delighted to have a number of our dogs showing this year.

Friday 8th is Working and Pastoral day and several Bergamascos will be showing in the Imported Breed Register class.

Even more exciting is that, for the first time, the club have been invited to attend the Discover Dogs exhibition which runs alongside Crufts at the NEC. This is a major event for the club and is a real chance for us to show off the breed to the world’s biggest audience of dog lovers.

If you are at the NEC for the show, come and visit us on stand P9 on any of the show days. Or if you are coming on Friday, come and lend your support to the dogs in the show ring.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Puppy News – UK Litter born 29th July 2018

Calshair Kennel (Chris & Alasdair Walker) are pleased to introduce proud mum Cicci (Calshair Losgaintir) and her 6 puppies – 2F, 4M, born 29th July. Mum is adoring and nursing beautifully and puppies are feeding and sleeping and growing. Father Mauro (Arturo De Casa Della Malia) coming to view his offspring soon! Auntie Biaga doing her usual and looking after the cleaning of the pups and keeping a watchful eye.

Here is a picture of the happy couple, and some pictures of the puppies.

Jude (Chique Barolo) 24/11/05 – 15/06/18

We had some very sad news regarding one of our much loved dogs Jude. Jude was a star of the show ring and in 2012 he sired a litter of 13 puppies in the UK. His legacy lives on in all of his offspring, some of whom have had puppies of their own. Here are a few words from Jude’s owner, Reyna Knight:

The Fun Day at Chris and Alasdair`s was absolutely great as I knew it would be and that is why I decided not to let everyone know my sad news. Jude, Chique Barolo, was put to sleep on the Friday before the Fun Day. Chris and few others knew but it is always such a sad time when you lose a dear friend that I did not want to dampen in any way the activities.
I was with Jude when he arrived in this world and with him at the end when my Vet came to the house. He gave me so much pleasure in the time we had together, yes he did really well in the show ring, I still have a lump in my throat when I hear the song that accompanied us around the Best in Show Ring at Crufts when we did our lap of honour, but even more important he has been my best friend through thick and thin over the years and it is now his son Freddie’s turn to take that roll.
None of us want to say goodbye to our dearest friends but I know that when we do we do it with the dignity deserving of our great breed.

Reyna G Knight