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The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog of Destiny Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Doral Publishing (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974540730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974540733
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernd is the premier photographer of this magnificent breed and deserves the stellar reputation his highly acclaimed German book and his outstanding photography have brought him.

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This book sets the standard of "compleatness" on the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Niel Rishoi
Having owned Bernese dogs this is a must have for anyone that either is looking into the breed and for those who are already loved by one of these magnificent dogs.
darby
THANK YOU, BERND, for writing and photographing such a lovely coffee table book about our Berners!!!!!!
Joye M. Neff

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joye M. Neff on May 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Every photograph in Bernd's book is literally a work of art. The detail in the photographs and the background scenery just takes your breath away. I especially love the photographs in "The Berner Circle of Life" on pages 134 through 141. Bernd chronicles the life of a newborn berner through his senior years. He has posed the Berner in the same stance from ages 5 weeks through 9 years. It is fascinating to see the progression from a young puppy, to a gangly teenager, to a full grown adult male who is absolutely gorgeous!!
It is not just the photographs that make this book a "must have" for every Berner person and for those who are seeking information about Berners; the text is also excellent. Bernd Guenter is from Germany and his command of the English language is absolutely amazing!! This fantastic book is full of great
information about the breed - you can tell that Bernd has lived with Berners and has been around Berners and their people for many years and from many countries. He is able to take his knowledge of Berners and turn it into a most informative and delightful book that is easy to read.
You will find yourself shaking your head in agreement, laughing at the antics of the Berners, gaining a lot of knowledge about Berners and staying up late at night to finish just one more chapter. It a book that you will treasure forever.
THANK YOU, BERND, for writing and photographing such a lovely coffee table book about our Berners!!!!!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog Of Destiny by Bernd Guenter (a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the World Dog Press Association) is so much more than just a simple coffeetable book of wonderful photographs showcasing a specialized canine breed. The superbly presented and "user friendly" text commences with an introduction and history of the breed, then addresses the "Bernese Mountain Dog Standard". Then their are entire chapters devoted to puppyhood, the adolescent Berner, the adult Berner, showing the Berne (European Style), breeding the Berner, and health issues (including veterinarian selection, vaccinations, deworming, experternal parasites, and specific health problems affecting the breed). Enhanced with appendices for Breed Standards; Useful Addresses; Bibliography; and List of Abbreviations, The Bernese Mountain Dog is comprehensive, exceptionally well written, superbly illustrated throughout, and a "must" addition for the reading list and reference shelf for anyone who's canine companion is the Bernese mountain dog.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Niel Rishoi on May 15, 2006
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This book sets the standard of "compleatness" on the Bernese Mountain Dog. It is way beyond that of just a typical guidebook. Bernd Guenther has left, proverbially, no stone unturned here. The author's breadth of research, resources, insights, and details are on a level of the highest competence as to be priceless; this kind of preliminary (for the new and even seasoned owner) information cannot be overestimated.

But it's more than just an information book for breeders and owners; you are made to completely inhabit the world of this legendary, mythological breed. Guenther takes you on a delightful life-guide of several Berners, noting distinct personality traits, whimsical anecdotes, and a good deal of sharp-viewed observations. Without ever being heavy-handed, Guenther takes the reader onto a serious study of the breed. As he makes clear, this is an extraordinary dog, one that needs like considerations. No prospective Berner owner should be without this book, as the author has the kind of sagacity and knowledge that was gleaned as a true lover and connoisseur of not just his own dogs, but for the breed in general. Indeed, some of the information is not to be taken lightly, especially genetic problems, and some tough sacrifices one must potentially make. And - this is a good thing - the book will either make you say a firm "yes" or "no" when considering bringing a Berner into your life. On the one hand, this beautiful, loyal, human-like dog may have you on the phone tomorrow looking for one; on the other, the responsibilities can be made to seem overwhelming - be prepared to GIVE UP your life BB (Before Berner) as you have known it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benson BMD on May 29, 2007
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If you enjoy the BMD breed, this book is a must have. The photos capture the beauty and personality of the Berner much beter than other books that I have seen about the breed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berner lover on December 3, 2012
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the wife and i want a berner so badly but we are not able to due to our apartment living right now. got this book just to read about it and what to expect, etc etc, and it fit the bill perfectly. pictures are awesome and the explanations are top notch. if you love berners or are in the market for one, get it. use it as a coffee table book or something afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Patriarche on July 21, 2008
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Beautiful book with wonderful, accurate information regarding the breed. The photos depict the breed with great accuracy.
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By Dylan on July 2, 2014
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Amazing pictures & quality, makes you fall in love with the breed.
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