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Breed Firsts-The Pioneers of The Breed

The Rescue

 

From the time the first traveler was rescued by a Saint Bernard until today, our breed has been setting records and creating goals for others. There is a monument in Switzerland dedicated to Barry, who saved over 40 lives. We don't know who was the first Saint Bernard to make a rescue at the Saint Bernard Pass; that piece of history has been lost in the passage of time. Over here in the United States of America, we now know of the first Saint Bernards which completed a variety of American Kennel Club (AKC) and Saint Bernard Club of America (SBCA) titles and accomplishments.  The

of these events and titles are our way of keeping the history of the breed alive. It may not be the act of digging out a lost traveler in the snow, but the events reward and help preserve the conformation, obedience, tracking, agility, weight pulling, draft work and temperament of the Saint Bernard.  

In the arena of Performance events, we recognize the first Saint Bernards in several ways:
     1) The first to earn the different AKC and SBCA Performance titles.
     2) One of the original goals of the Hall of Fame criteria is to promote and recognize the breed champion who competes in the different performance venues and they are also honored below.

American Kennel Club & SBCA Breed Firsts For The Saint Bernard
Click on the links in the Firsts categories below to learn more about these history-making Saint Bernards, plus the photos below will open when clicked.   The links contain wonderful stories, photos and historical facts about the dogs.  The show record and titles (before and after) displayed in each dog's file is complete ONLY up to the time of the breed First.   For a complete up-to-date show record, visit the Database room, or in some cases, the Records room.  The Firsts are listed in chronological order and grouped by decade from 1879 to date.   To print out a complete list of the Saint Bernard National Archive's breed Firsts, click here.   To view the exhibits of the Saint Bernards who accomplished breed Records, check out the Breed Records room.

 
 
1st Breed Champion - 1879
Grandfathered in 1884
1st Grand Champion - 2010
1st year of AKC title 2010
 1st & Only Obedience Champion - 1986
1st year of AKC title 1977
1st & Only Agility Champion Preferred - 2013
1st year of AKC title 2002
1st Working Dog Champion - 1988
1st year of SBCA title 1988

1st SBCA BOB - 1935
1st year SBCA BOB 1935
1st SBCA BOS - 1942
1st year of AKC BOS Award 1942
1st & Only Champion UDX - 2004
 1st year of AKC titles 1879 & 1994
1st SBCA High in Trial - 1974
1st SBCA Trial 1974
1st SBCA High Combined - 1976
1st SBCA Trial 1974

1st Best In Show - 1925
1st Best in Show Year 1924
1st BIS + SBCA win - 1939
1st possible year 1935
1st & Only Grand Champion + WDCH - 2013
 
1st possible year 2010
1st Draft Dog - 1988
1st year of SBCA title 1988
1st Weight Puller - 1988
1st year of SBCA title 1988
 
1st Obedeince Title 1938
1st year of AKC title 1936
  1st & Only UDTDX - 2005
1st year of possible title combo 1980
1st Bronze, Silver, Gold & Only Platinum GCH
1st year of AKC title 2010
1st & Only Obedience Master 1 - 2014
1st year of AKC title 2009
1st BOB & HIT win - 1988
1st possible year 1969
       

Title Firsts + Champion & Grand Champions
Firsts Earning Performance Titles

Click here to view the grand totals from 1879 to date, plus a breakdown by the year

 Corformation Firsts Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1870s: 1 First    

 

1  CH   1879 Don
 ---------> The 2010s: 5 Firsts    
1  GCH  2010 Alta Vistas Billion Kilowatt
2  GCH  Bronze     Jamelles Aristocrat V Elba (awaiting article)
3  GCH  Silver     Jamelles Aristocrat V Elba (awaiting article)
4  GCH  Gold     Jamelles Aristocrat V Elba (awaiting article)
5  GCH  Platinum     Jamelles Aristocrat V Elba (awaiting article)
 Obedience Firsts Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1940s: 2 Firsts    
1  1st CD + CH  1938 Mountain Scout
2  1st CDX + CH   1939 Mountain Scout
----------> The 1950s: 0 Firsts    
----------> The 1960s: 2 Firsts    
1  UD  1961 Fellow Boy Morris
2  UDT  1968 Schon Hiedie Von Toro
----------> The 1970s: 2 Firsts    

 

 1st CH + UD  1972 Stoans Beau-Zeau
2  1st CH + UDT  1976 Twin Oaks Cinnamon Bear
----------> The 1980s: 1 First    
1  OTCH   1986 Highpoints Mundys Muse
----------> The 1990s: 1 First    
1  UDX  1999 Nerthus Chrissys Alpen Joy
----------> The 2000s: 3 Firsts    
1  UDX2   2001 Nerthus Chrissys Alpen Joy
2  1st CH + UDX   2004 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
3  UDX TDX  2005 Echos Utmost
----------> The 2010s: 11 Firsts    
1  GO  2010 Snowy Pines Hummer
2  GN  2010 Snowy Pines Hummer
3  1st GCH + CD   2010 Alta Vistas Billion Kilowatt
4  VER  2010 Snowy Pines Hummer
5  BN + CH & GCH   2010 Stoans Rupert of Oz
6  1st  CH & GCH + GN   2011 Vicdorys Lump O'Coal
7  PCD  2013 Fremonts One In A Million
8  1st  GCH + CDX   2013 Vicdorys Lump O'Coal
9  1st CH & GCH + PCD  2014 Lasquites May of Denver

10

 OM1  2014 Shadow Mtn Playit Again V Reema

11

 PCDX + CH & GCH   2014 Lasquites May of Denver


 Tracking Firsts Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1960s: 1 First    
1  TD  1961 Brandewijn Von Reinland
----------> The 1990s:  2 Firsts    
1  TDX  1996 Saltys Gentle Ben
2  1st CH + TD 1996 StoryBooks Legend V Sandcreek
 Agility Firsts Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule

The 1990s: 1 First

  +.

 

1  NA  1999 Brandy Stations Almost N Angel
---------->

The 2000s: 29 Firsts

   
1  NAJ  2001 Sir Hennessy Cognac
2  OAJ  2001 Sir Hennessy Cognac
3  OA  2001 Sir Hennessy Cognac
4  NAP + CH   2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
5  NJP  2002 Sir Hennessy Cognac
6  1st CH + NJP  2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eynder
7  OJP  2002 Sir Hennessy Cognac
8  OAP  2002 Sir Hennessy Cognac
9  1st CH + OJP  2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
10  1st CH + OAP  2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
11  AXP + CH   2003 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
12  AJP + CH   2003 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
13  MXP + CH  2003 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
14  MJP + CH  2003 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
15  AJX  2004 Sir Hennessy Cognac
16  MXP2 + CH  2005 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
17  MXPB + CH  2005 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
18  MJP2 + CH  2005 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
19  MXP3 + CH  2005 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
20  AX  2005 Sir Hennessy Cognac
21  MXP4 + CH  2006 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
22  MJP3 + CH  2006 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
23  NFP + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
24  MJP4 + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
25  OFP + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
26  MXP5 + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
27  MXPS + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
28  MJPB + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
29  XFP  + CH  2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
----------> The 2010s: 32 Firsts    
1  T2BP  2013 Snowy Pines Hummer
2  MFP  2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
3  T2BP2   2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
4  MJP5   2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
5  MJP 2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
6  MJP6   2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
7  PACH   2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
8  PAX  2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
9  T2BP3   2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
10  MJP 2013 Snowy Pines Hummer  
11  MJPG  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
12  MJP8  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
13  T2BP 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
14  MJP 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
15  PACH2   2014 Snowy Pines Hummer
16  PAX 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer
17  T2BP 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
18  MXP 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
19  MJP10  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
20  MJPC  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
21  TQXP  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
22  MJP11  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
23  MFPB  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
24  MXP7  2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
25  MJP12 2014 Snowy Pines Hummer  
26  MXPG 2015 Snowy Pines Hummer  
27  PACH3   2015 Snowy Pines Hummer
28  PAX 3  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer
29  MJPB2   2015 Snowy Pines Hummer  
30  MJP13  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer  
31  MXP8  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer  
32  MJP14  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer  
33  MFPS  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
34  MJP9  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
35  MJP15  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
36  MJPS2  2015 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
37  MXP 2015 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
38  MJP10  2016 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
39  T2BP 2016 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
40  PACH4   2016 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
41  PAX 4  2016 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
42  MJP16  2016 Snowy Pines Hummer (awaiting article)
Versatile Companion Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 2000s: 2 Firsts    
1  VCD1  + CH  2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
2  VCD2  + CH  2002 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
Rally Firsts Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 2000s: 6 Firsts    
1  RN  2005 Swissongs Nevada
2  RA  2005 Swissongs Nevada
3  RE  2005 Roberts It Is Babe Isn't It
4  1st CH + RN  2005 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
5  RAE  + CH  RA  RE   2006 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
6  RAE2  + CH   2007 XmaxKris Van 'T Hof Ten Eydner
----------> The 2010s: 4 Firsts    
1  1st GCH + RN  2010 Alta Vistas Billion Kilowatt
2  1st GCH + RA  2010 Stoans Rupert of Oz (awaiting article)
3  1st GCH + RE  2011 Shericks Diamond Rio Del Vicdory
4  RAE 2012 Shadow Mtn Quidditch V Vicdory
Canine Good Citizen Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 2010s: 3 Firsts    
1  CGC  + CH & GCH   2013 Rock And Rolls Pinball Wizard
2  CGCA  + CH & GCH   2013 Rock And Rolls Pinball Wizard
3  CGCU  2015 Po Chu Ping (awaiting article)
Theraphy Dogs Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 2000s: 1 First    
1  ThD  2009 Henry Aldridge Webber (awaiting article)
 ---------> The 2010s: 7 Firsts    
1  1st CH & GCH + ThD  2013 Kings Mill Young At Heart  
2  ThDN + CH & GCH  2014 Rock And Rolls Pinball Wizard
3  ThDA  2014 Montana Mtns Dance N The Twist And Shout
4  ThDX  2014 Revilos Gratitude (awaiting article)
5  1st CH & GCH + ThDA  2014 Ambersand Winds of Winter
6  ThDD  2015 Cache Retreat Sky Walker H-N (awaiting article)
7  1st CH & GCH + ThDX  2015 Ambersand Winds of Winter
Draft Dogs Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1980s: 1 First    
1  DD  1988 Mar-Wils Markus V Hyden
----------> The 1990s: 3 Firsts    
1  DD  + CH  1990 Cache Retreat Pardner
2  TDD  + CH  1993 Sweetholms Half Tone
3  DD2 + CH  1993 Almshaus Just Joe Kool (awaiting article)
----------> The 2010s: 5 Firsts    
1  1st GCH + DD   2011 Vicdorys Lump O'Coal
2  NDD + CH + GCH  2011 Stoans Rupert of Oz
3  DDX  2011 Two Saint Bernards earned the DDX at the same test...
Snowy Pines Tundra
Stoans One Hit Wonder of Yixy
4  DDX 2012 Snowy Pines Tundra  
5  TDD2  + CH  2013 Benbarons Tinker of Yondo (awaiting article)
Weight Pulling Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1980s: 4 Firsts    
1  WP  1988 Elations Audrey Rose
2  1st CH + WP  1988 World Tops Burtus Von Opdyke
3  WPX + CH   1988 World Tops Burtus Von Opdyke
4  WPS  1988 Sebrings Summer Breeze
----------> The 1990s: 1 Firsts    
1  1st CH + WPS  1994 Sweetholms Half Tone
----------> The 2010s: 3 Firsts    
1  1st GCH + WP  2010 Stoans Rupert of Oz
2  1st GCH + WPX  2011 Vicdorys Julius Ceasar  
3  1st GCH + WPS  2011 Vicdorys Julius Ceasar  
Working Dog CH Year Click dog's name to review the time capsule
The 1980s: 1 First    
1  WDCH   1988 Mar-Wils Markus V Hyden
----------> The 1990s: 1 First    
1 1st CH + WDCH  1994 Stoans Dudley Do Right of Jay-U
----------> The 2010s: 1 First    
1 1st GCH + WDCH  2013 Vicdorys Lump O'Coal
 Historical Event Firsts For The Saint Bernard 
   Decade   Year

 Show Win or Event Firsts + Hall of Fame Firsts 

1 The 1880s: 1885 First registered at the   American Kennel Club  
1 The 1900s: 1909 First  Hall of Fame Inductee  
1 The 1910s: 1911 First to win at 1st SBCA  National Independent Specialty  (in our database)
1 The 1920s: 1925 First to place in group and also win a  Group One 
2   1925 First to win  Best in Show 
1 The 1930s: 1935 First to win SBCA national specialty show  Best of Breed 
2   1939 First  all-breed Best in Show + winning the SBC of America's specialty
1 The 1940s: 1942 First to win SBCA national specialty show  Best of Opposite Sex 
2   1949 First Hall of Fame  Plateau of Excellence  
1 The 1970s: 1974 First to win the 1st  SBCA National Obedience High In Trial 
2   1975 First  All-Breed High In Trial 
3   1976 First to win a  High Combined (HC) Score at the SBCA National 
4   1977 First  Champion  Combined score (CS)  & First  CH  CS  at SBCA
1 The 1980s: 1988 First Best of Breed  &  High In Trial  at the same Saint Bernard specialty show
2   1988 First Saint Bernard Club of America  Working Dog Trials 
1 The 2010s: 2012 First Saint Bernard Club of America  Agility Trial