The St. Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Switzerland, France, and Italy. The average weight of the breed is between 65 and 120 kg (140 and 260 lb) or more, and the approximate height at the withers is 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in).

They were initially bred at the Great and Little St Bernard Pass for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as well as for its enormous size.

In the 11th century, monks founded a hospice as a refuge for travelers and pilgrims on the 2469 meter-high Great Saint Bernard Pass. Large mountain dogs have been kept at the hospice since the mid 17th century to guard and protect those staying there.

The most famous St. Bernard to save people at the pass was Barry, who reportedly saved somewhere between 40 and 100 lives.

The legendary Barry became the archetype of the rescue dog.

Learn more: http://fondation-barry.ch/

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