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Brief in English

Bernhardinkoirayhdistys ry is the official Finnish saint bernard dog club. It works as a member club of the Finnish Kennel Club. Bernhardinkoirayhdistys was founded in 1975 and it has been the official breed club of saint bernard dogs since 1986. In the end of the year 2007 it had 240 members.

Bernhardinkoirayhdistys organizes different kinds of events like annual Specialty Dog Show and summer/ winter camps for saint bernards and their owners. The club publishes a membership magazine called "Bernhardinkoira" (Saint Bernard). It is issued four times a year. The club also publishes annual year book of saint bernard dogs ("Vuosikirja").


To apply for membership in Bernhardinkoirayhdistys, send your name, address, telephone number and possible e-mail address to our membership secretary Mari-Susan Asunmaa:
Address: Karhunpolku 2 A, FI-60510 Hyllykallio, Finland
E-mail: mari-susan(at)suomi24.fi

When your application has been approved we will send you the bank account details for the membership fee. Membership fee for the year 2008 is 25 euros.

Saint bernard dogs in Finland

First longhaired saint bernard dogs were brought to Finland in 1883. Breeding begun in the 1930's and 1940's. First breeding dogs were mainly from Great Britain, but some were from Switzerland. First short-haired saint bernard dog was brought to Finland in 1978 and breeding of short-haired dogs was started in the beginning of 1980's. In the course of years saint bernard dogs have been brought to Finland from eg. Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Great Britain, United States and Austria. From the year 1989 to 1994 saint bernard dogs were very popular in Finland and even more than 580 dogs were registered every year. In 2007 more than 100 saint bernard dogs were registrated in Finland, 10 of them being imported from abroad.

The Finnish Kennel Club has a public database of all registered dogs. If you are interested in saint bernard dogs in Finland, you can find all kinds of information from KoiraNet (unfortunately user interface in English is temporarily unavailable).

If you are interested in buying a saint bernard dog from Finland, check the breeder list.