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
Switzerland dedicated to
who saved over 40 lives. We don't know who was the first
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.
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
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,
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
click here. To view the
exhibits of the Saint Bernards who accomplished breed Records,
check out the
Breed Records room.