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Barry Foundation


Following its creation in January 2005, the Barry Foundation took over the breeding kennel from the Great Saint Bernard Pass Hospice (Holy Order of the Great Saint Bernard Monastery) together with the kennel’s famous Saint Bernard dogs. Since April 2005, our foundation has been the owner of the 300-year-old breeding kennel, making us the oldest and most important Saint Bernard kennel in the world. The Barry foundation currently owns 27 bitches and 8 dogs. In accordance with the tradition of Saint Bernard breeding at Great Saint Bernard, we mainly breed short-haired dogs. Only 8 of the Saint Bernards in our possession are long-haired. An average of 20 pedigree puppies are born in our breeding kennel each year. A team consisting of a vet, a breed specialist and 10 keepers is responsible for ensuring the dogs’ comfort and optimal development as well as providing professional training. The Barry Foundation is a member of the Swiss Saint Bernard Club and is a recognised non-profit making association.

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Our mission

Ensure the survival of the famous, legendary Saint Bernard dog breed by providing a breeding kennel founded on ethical and scientific knowledge
Preserve the typical hospice dog
Keep our dogs in their place of origin on the Great Saint Bernard Pass
Gain recognition as a reference on breeding issues in Switzerland and worldwide
Make the public aware of the fact that the Saint Bernards from the hospice are both a Swiss cultural asset and a symbol of the friendship between man and dog.
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History

In 2005, the Barry Foundation took over the breeding kennels from the 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 breeding centre for the Swiss national dog.

The Barry Foundation was named in honour of “Barry”, the legendary avalanche dog. Its responsibility is to ensure the continued management of the over three-century old breeding kennels at their place of origin and the preservation of the special type of hospice Saint Bernard dog.

In accordance with the Great Saint Bernard tradition, the foundation predominantly breeds short-haired dogs. Around 20 pedigree puppies are born at the breeding kennels each year. A team consisting of professionally trained dog keepers, a vet and a breed specialist look after the well-being and the optimal development of the Saint Bernards.

The Barry Foundation is a member of the Swiss Saint Bernard Club and is a recognised charity. The foundation has been awarded the Certodog seal of approval in recognition of the exemplary management of the breeding kennels.

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Founding Members

Maison Hospitalière du Grand-St-Bernard, Bourg-St-Pierre
Christine Cerletti-Sarasin, founding benefactor, Bottmingen
Rudolf Thomann, former president of the Swiss Saint Bernard Club
The Community of the Mountain of the Grand Combin, Gignod (Valley of Aosta)
The Association Pro Grand Saint Bernard of the Grand Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard Dog Museum of the Bernard and Caroline de Watteville Foundation, Martigny
The Municipality of Martigny

Board of advisors

PresidentJean-Maurice Tornay, Former Prefect of Entremont
Vice-PresidentCorrado Jordan, president of the Municipality of St. Rémy-en-Bosses (Aosta Valley)

Board members

Ruth ThomannFounding Member
Dr. Roland P. Bühlmann Businessman
Eric Cachart Hotelier in Verbier
Marc-Henri Favre Businessman and former President of the Municipality of Martigny
Roger Mège Representative of the Municipality of Martigny
Jean-Henry Papilloud Former director of the Médiathèque Valais
Gilbert Tornare Representative of the Municipality of Bourg-St-Pierre
Esther Gassler-LeuenbergerFormer member of the government of the Canton of Solothurn
Claude MoretDirector of Banque Cantonal du Valais of the Martigny region

Annual report

Here you can download and read our annual report:

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