Making up a dog to Championship status in Ireland requires seven Green Stars or CAC's as they are known in Europe.
This means they must be best dog or bitch in breed at seven Championship Shows.
Back in 2011, after fourteen years in Bernese Mountain Dogs, Valerie Hughes decided to seek out new bloodlines. There followed many discussions with some of the top breeders in the world, visits as far as the USA and all over Europe. When top Czech breeder Hana Chovancova mated her beautiful bitch Desert Rose from Christofland, from top Swedish lines, to the much loved 2012 Euro Winner and 2013 World Winner Multi Champion Sennenhund Rossii Senator, Valerie was hooked! She says: 'I went to see Hana in the Czech Republic and after much discussion and viewing the litter I knew this was the boy for me.
'For the first few years I showed him lightly but loved him completely! My work as a Radio Presenter meant I had to work weekends making it difficult to get to shows.
'In 2016 I was fortunate enough to get the daily lunchtime show on Galway Bay FM, my local radio station and my weekends were now free to concentrate on showing the dogs!
'Bernese Mountain Dogs have one of the largest breed entry figures in Ireland. There has been a surge of new, well bred imports from all over the world. As most BMD enthusiasts will know, this breed is slow to mature, especially the males and it can take a male four or five years to reach full maturity. Rossii was a typical case and from rangy, bum high youngster he developed into a Bernese that most people would be proud of. Almost overnight he won his final four consecutive Green Stars, three Best of Breeds and Group 3. Last Monday, at Bull Breeds Champ show he finally achieved Championship status, five days after his fourth birthday and I couldn't be more proud of this calm, sensible loving boy.'