The Saint Bernard is a member of the 'Working' group of dogs. Originally bred and used by the Hospice monks in Switzerland as watch dogs and companions. Later and more well known, they were employed for rescue work in the Great Saint Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy. First working with the monks and later trained to function on their own, the dogs were credited with many rescues. Outside the pass the dogs were trained to pull carts used for transporting goods to markets or make deliveries, or were used to pull logs from the forest. Saints are also excellent trackers, able to locate and dig out people buried in the snow. They have an uncanny ability to sense and warn of impending avalanches. Although their utility as working dogs has been supplanted by helicopters for rescue, and gas powered trucks for carting / drafting, the tradition lives on with Saint owners who enjoy carting, weight pull and tracking with their dogs.

This page is dedicated to the "WORKING" Dog

Carting
Carting

Weight Pull
Weight Pull

Tracking
Tracking

Rescue
Rescue Dog