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The Hospice in Switzerland--where it all started!
Records dating back to the 1600s


The Saint Bernard National Archive's Seven (7) AKC & SBCA Recognized Venues

From the time the FIRST traveler was rescued by a Saint Bernard in the Swiss Alps and taken to the Hospice (photo above), our breed has been setting records and goals for others to follow.  Read about our breed's history: Today's events and titles are our way of keeping the history of the breed alive.  It may not be the act of digging out a traveler lost 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.  The exhibit

 in this room show the many American Kennel Club (AKC) and Saint Bernard Club of America (SBCA) venues where the Saint Bernards of today earn titles, set breed firsts and breed records.  

Listed below are the seven different venues in which we track the accomplishments of today's Saint Bernards in American Kennel Club (AKC) and Saint Bernard Club of America (SBCA) events.

1 Agility-AKC: The exciting sport of Agility has taken the world by storm. The Agility ring allows handler and dog to run full speed, while having to perform accurately and safely on A-Frames, Dog Walks, See-Saws and a wide variety of jumps and tunnels.  The sport of Agility for the Saint Bernard reflects back to our breed's roots.  During the 1700s to 1800s, climbing and maneuvering around mountain terrains is what our breed did during the many rescue missions in the Swiss Alps.
American Kennel Club - Agility
Current Agility News & Agility News past
AKC National Agility Invitational Invitees

2 Conformation-AKC: Dogs are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their parent clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement.  Good conformation is basic for good performance.  Keep in mind, the Saint Bernard is a WORKING breed and they love having a job to perform.
American Kennel Club - Conformation
Illustrated Standard

AKC National Championship Invitational Invitees

3 Obedience-AKC: Obedience training is the foundation upon which all canine activities are based, whether conformation, agility, tracking, search & rescue, service dogs, fieldwork, etc.  AKC Obedience Trials were developed to foster training, as well as to demonstrate dogs' willingness, capabilities and enjoyment of working with and very closely with humans.
American Kennel Club - Obedience
Current Obedience News & Obedience News past
AKC National Obedience Invitational Invitees

4 Rally-AKC: Each team is judged on the execution of a single, continuous performance of numbered exercises on a course, uninterrupted by orders from the judge. Many of the exercises are derived from "doodles" people use when training for Obedience.
American Kennel Club - Rally
Current Rally News & Rally News past

5 Tracking-AKC: AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search & rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.
American Kennel Club - Tracking
Current Tracking News & Tracking News past
AKC National Tracking Invitational Invitees

Versatile Companion Dog Titles-AKC: The Versatile Companion Dog titles were created to reward owners of all breeds who compete in Obedience, Agility, and Tracking events. Dogs and their owners have truly enjoyed this unique opportunity to showcase their tremendous talent in so many areas.
American Kennel Club - Versatile Companion

6 Draft Work-SBCA:  The Saint Bernard has historically functioned as a draft dog in various capacities, and the performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.
Draft Test Illustrations
Current Draft News & Draft News past

7 Weight Pulling-SBCA: The Saint Bernard Club of America Weight Pull Trials are a series of events designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of purebred Saint Bernard dogs in a capacity involving heavy-duty freight hauling, which the breed displayed during the days of the Alaska Gold Rush.
Working Dog Guidelines
Current Weight Pulling News & Weight News past

SBCA's Web Page

2018 SBCA's Specialty Winners


AKC & SBCA titles and their abbreviations
Year-End Tally of AKC & SBCA Titles from 1879 to date 
Review the Current Year's accomplishments            
The Latest Archive Updates and News
Top Performance Dogs 1966 (first year) to date

*We are in the process of assembling a complete set of AKC GAZETTES for the Saint Bernard National Archives' Library.  If you know where we might find our missing issues, please notify me at saintbernardnationalarchives@comcast.net.