When I say, "Saint Bernard" what comes to mind? A glorious Saint Bernard with a huge cask of adult beverage hanging from his neck as he prepared to risk life and doggy limb to save travelers from avalanches in the Swiss Alps. Everything about the Saint Bernard's story is oh-so glamorous. You've got big, adorable dogs doing brave stuff. You have monks adding a bit of the spiritual into the mix and you've got danger with the threat of avalanches thundering down the mountains. There are the makings of several blockbusters in those couple of sentences alone!
Needless to say, the Saint Bernard dog was the Golden Child of the Swiss country. Everyone wanted to know more about the glamorous and noble Saint Bernard. And with good reason, they were working hard and saving lives. I must say, the Saint Bernard had great buzz!
But what about the hard working Swiss Mountain Dogs? The Bernese Mountain Dog, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Entlebucher, and the Appenzeller? The classic dogs that had been the backbone of the Swiss farming families for so long were getting lost in the shuffle.
The more popular the Saint Bernard became, the less people were interested in the Swiss Mountain dogs. The Industrial Revolution brought more automation to the farmers and they needed working farm dogs even less.
In 1883 The Swiss Kennel Club decided to focus on the Saint Bernard and a few other higher profile breeds. The Swiss Mountain dogs were soon only found in a few remote villages.
The four Swiss Mountain dog breeds would have disappeared into the history books if not for the valiant efforts of one man - Franz Schertenleib. He was an innkeeper who fondly remembered his grandparents telling stories of the versatile and beautiful Swiss Mountain dogs. He dedicated himself to resurrecting the noble breeds of Switzerland and began his campaign to save them.
He zig zagged back and forth across Europe searching for good specimens of these noble dogs and proclaimed their good qualities everywhere he went. Franz was going to take the Swiss Mountain dogs viral, before he had a telephone!
Professor Albert Heim of Zurich, a leading g fancier in Switzerland, connected with Franz Schertenleib in 1908. Franz had found a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in a remote village and the two men united to save the Swiss Mountain breeds. By the mid-1900s all four breeds were pulled back from the brink of extinction and well on their ways to being known worldwide.
Professor Albert Heim wrote the following report on the health of the breeds in May of 1936.
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