About Berner-Garde

The Berner-Garde Foundation was established in 1995 to assist in efforts to improve the health of Bernese Mountain Dogs. The Foundation work carries forward the pioneering efforts of Martin and Barbara Packard, who initially began capturing health information on Bernese Mountain Dogs in the 1980's. They deeply cared for the health of our dogs and worked internationally to foster collaboration. They also created the beginning health database for BMD's which has evolved into the Berner-Garde Database on this website.

Berner-Garde is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that depends on donations to keep our programs vibrant and active. To make a tax-deductible donation to Berner-Garde please donate here.

The Foundation is managed by a board of volunteer trustees. Their efforts are focused on enabling scientific research, breeding decisions, and treatment options that will help increase the lifespan of our beloved Berners. The current life expectancy of a Bernese Mountain Dog is approximately 8 years. This short life span is primarily due to cancers and other diseases that affect the breed. Our goal is to see that life expectancy improve to 12-14 years.

Barbara Packard Tribute Video

In the 1980's, Barbara and Martin Packard initially created the database that has evolved into todays's Berner-Garde Database. They deeply cared about improving the health of our dogs and were pioneers in many ways. Barbara Packard passed away in 2012 and Berner-Garde Trustee, Brycie Marine, created a video tribute to Barbara.

click here to view the video