Ten St. Bernhard babies born in Martigny
Two sets of Christmas gifts
Just in time for Christmas the Barry Foundation celebrated the two-fold increase in the number of St. Bernhards. From the 26th January you can visit the ten St. Bernhard puppies at Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard in Martigny, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The long-haired bitch “Gipsy du Grand St. Bernard” and short-haired male “Fun dit Faccia d'Amore de la Maison des Tartarin” became the parents of five fit and healthy male puppies on the 15th December 2015. And just ten days later, on the evening of 25th December, Christmas Day, five more puppies were born to the short-haired parents “Thelma vom Hellenstein” and “Georges de Viloden”.
The two new mothers lovingly care for their first offspring. The ‘babies’ are developing extremely well. During the intensive early days the animal keepers are providing support for the first-time mothers so the puppies can develop into strong, willing and socially integrated characters.
This is because, particularly in the socialisation phase, it is important for the young dogs to learn as many different things as possible. That’s why they spend the first 6 weeks in the Puppy Park in the kennels where they come into contact with a wide variety of surfaces, sounds and games. “This is important as it makes the St. Bernhards healthier, more adaptable and easier to rear”, explains the Director of Breeding Manuel Gaillard.
For Claudio Rossetti, Managing Director of the Barry Foundation, the two litters are the best Christmas present. However, the additions are also a special attraction for young and old in the Museum: “You could watch this cuddly group of puppies”.
You can visit the ten St. Bernhard puppies at Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard in Martigny from the 26th January to the 3rd March 2016, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As an additional activity, during the first two weeks of February visitors to the Museum can choose the most attractive names for the ten puppies. The names of the first litter containing two males and three bitches will start with the letter O, those for the second litter containing one male and four bitches will start with the letter P.