Triplet Puppies at the St. Bernard Dog Museum

If you have ever been to Switzerland, you may have taken your picture with a typical St. Bernard dog in front of Matterhorn or Jungfrau!

There is no better time to plan another trip to the country of St. Bernard mountain dogs, because a litter of fuzzy triplets has just been "Newly Swissed": Falko, Faris and Figaro! These puppies were born on July 6, 2012, at the St. Bernard Dog Museum in Martigny.

St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012

St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012

 

Brief History of St. Bernard Dogs

Located on top of the Great St. Bernard Pass (thus the dog's name), the breeding station is the world's oldest of its kind. Interestingly, the tradition of raising St. Bernard mountain dogs can be traced back to the 17th century, when the giant dogs were tasked with protecting the monks.

By 1800, St. Bernards were being used as mountain rescue dogs. Barry, the most famous of all, is said to have rescued more than 40 lives.

St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012

St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012

 

The Barrel

"So what’s with the barrel hanging from the St. Bernhard’s neck?”, you may have asked yourself. Is it true that St. Bernhard dogs carry wine instead of liquor in their barrel?

Actually, neither is the case. While the legend of Barry describes such a barrel, it would have been physically impossible for a dog to wade its way through the snow. The sheer weight of a barrel would have prevented Barry from saving all those lives. So there you go, the barrel is just an artifact for those typical tourist photos!

St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012
 

 
 
St. Bernard Puppies in Martigny 2012(Copyright Fondation Barry)

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More Information

- St. Bernard Dog Museum Website
- Getting there by public transportation

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