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 then, 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 5 dogs (as of January 2022). In accordance with the tradition of Saint Bernard breeding at Great Saint Bernard, we mainly breed short-haired dogs. Only 10 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 breeding manager and several animal 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. The foundation has been awarded the Certodog seal of approval in recognition of the exemplary management of the breeding kennels.