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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 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.


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.


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 l”, the legendary rescue 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.


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

Jean-Maurice TornayPresident, former Prefect of Entremont, Orsières
Claude MoretVice-President, Director of Banque Cantonal du Valais of the Martigny Region, Martigny

Board members

Dr. Roland P. BühlmannBusinessman, Basel
Eric CachartHotelier, Chalet d'Adrien, Verbier
Marc-Henri FavreBusinessman, former president of the Municipality of Martigny, Martigny
Esther Gassler-LeuenbergerFormer member of the government of the Canton of Solothurn, Schönenwerd
Corrado JordanRegional councillor of Aosta Valley, St-Rhémy en Bosses
David MartinettiVice-President of the Municipality of Martigny
Jean-Henry PapilloudFormer director of the Médiathèque Valais, Martigny
Gilbert TornareRepresentative of the Municipality of Bourg-St-Pierre
Roger MègeSecretary out of council, former municipal councillor of the Municipality of Martigny, Martigny

Annual Report

Our Annual Report summarises the year, presenting facts and figures and providing an overview of the issues that we have focused on and dealt with this past year. Printed copies of our 2018 annual report are available free of charge (while stocks last) from our Communications & Marketing department. Please send an e-mail to:


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