St Bernard dogs
The Augustinian monks on the Great Saint Bernard have been breeding St. Bernard dogs since the late seventeenth century. This tradition continues today in the Hospice and at the Fondation Barry in Martigny. The dogs can be viewed throughout the summer on the Great Saint Bernhard. Hiking with a St. Bernard dog is an unforgettable experience. The dogs became famous for their skills as avalanche rescue dogs. The most famous of them, the legendary Barry, is said to have rescued over 40 people.
The Barry Foundation, formed in January 2005, took over the breeding kennels from the Great St. Bernard Hospice (Holy Order of the Great Saint Bernard Monastery) together with the kennel’s famous Saint Bernard dogs. Since then, the foundation has been the owner of the world’s oldest and most famous St. Bernard breeding centre. The Barry Foundation was named in honour of ‘Barry,’ the legendary avalanche dog. The Barry Foundation currently has 28 female and six male dogs. True to the St. Bernard tradition, the Foundation breeds short-haired dogs. About 20 pedigree puppies are born each year at the breeding centre. A veterinarian, a St. Bernard expert and ten attendants monitor their development and see to their well-being and training. The Foundation holds the Certodog quality seal as an exemplary dog breeding centre. The Barry Foundation provides St. Bernard dogs for the Bernard and Caroline de Watteville Foundation and the Great St. Bernard Hospice.