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The Cart Dog – History of the Bernese Mountain Dog

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382 – June, 2022

By Lee Connor

Regular followers of mine will be well aware of the numerous house moves we have undertaken over the past few years and, as anyone with dogs will know (we currently have a pack of four), house moves and renting can be extremely stressful!

At the moment we are renting a bungalow an hour’s drive from London yet it feels a million miles away from that overcrowded, noisy capital.

We live in the village of Hindhead, Surrey–this charming spot, amidst miles of rol-ling heath and dark pine woods is set 1,000 feet above sea level and was once very much loved by authors and poets of the Victorian/Edwardian era.

Arthur Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw both called it home and eminent physicist, Professor Tyndall, nicknamed it the “English Switzerland”.

And there is still something quite “alpine” about the place–especially when the winds rattle through or when the snows come.

Just outside Hindhead, lovely Oak Hall (now an elderly care home) still sits snugly on the slopes of the South Downs. This was once the home of Miss Keyte-Perry, owner of the world famous “Arctic” kennels of Samoyeds and, coincidentally, not very far away from her (also in Surrey) was home to the equally notable “Kobe” kennel of Samoyeds, owned by Miss Perry (I’m not sure if the two were related).

This “Miss Perry” introduced a far more fitting breed to the alpine surroundings–the Bernese Mountain Dog–back in 1936.

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