Working with the canons to rescue travellers, the St-Bernard dogs originate from Grand-St-Bernard Hospice at an altitude of 2500m. Strong and gently, they embody the friendship and welcoming tradition of this emblematic location. Barry is the most famous representative.
In summer, visitors can see the dogs on the Grand-St-Bernard pass. The breeding facility is currently entrusted to the Fondation Barry.
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. In accordance with the tradition of Saint Bernard breeding at Great Saint Bernard, the Barry Foundation mainly breed short-haired dogs. An average of 20 pedigree puppies are born in the 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.
Enjoy 45 minutes walk with the St Bernards through the mountain scenery of Champex-Lac. Details: the tour is accompanied by between two and four dogs harnessed to a sled on which children up to the age of ten can sit and take turns at being pulled. Adults walk alongside the dogs and can hold their leads.