Saint Bernard quadruplets in Martigny
To their great delight, visitors to Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard in Martigny will be greeted by four sweet little Saint Bernard puppies from 8 July onwards. Every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., the little dogs can be seen discovering their environment and playing together.
The newest members of the Saint Bernard family of the Great Saint Bernard are four cuddly balls of fur with big heads, impressive paws, sweet button eyes and floppy ears. Nando, Naron, Neige and Nevada were born at the Barry Foundation breeding kennels in Martigny on 27 May. Their parents are the short-haired bitch “Zaskia du Grand St. Bernard” and short-haired male “Ghost des Princes de Savoie”.
This was 4 ½-year-old doggy mum Zaskia's first litter. She is taking extremely good care of each individual pup. Her devotion is paying off – the two little bitches and two small males are developing splendidly. “We are over the moon that our puppies are in such good health”, exclaims Manuel Gaillard, the Head of Dogs and Kennel at the Barry Foundation. “The little mischiefs already weigh in at six kilos. This means that they have multiplied their birth weight of around 700 grams by eight!”
The baby Saint Bernards are spending the first six weeks of their lives in the protected environment of the breeding kennels. For the past week, the playful pack has been spending part of each day in the puppy park. There the dogs can discover a range of different surfaces, see their reflection in the mirror for the first time, and enjoy rolling around in the ball park. “During the socialisation phase, it is important for the young dogs to be exposed to as many different experiences as possible”, explains Urs Lüscher, behavioural specialist and the Head of Cynology at the Barry Foundation. “This not only makes the young Saint Bernards healthier and more adaptable, but also easier to bring up.”
As well as inviting people to come and see the young dog family, Claudio Rossetti, Managing Director of the Barry Foundation, also recommends taking part in a very special experience with the dogs: a walk with the Saint Bernards. “It isn't just children who are enthusiastic about being given the chance to hold a dog on a lead”, explains Claudio Rossetti. “These excursions promise to be a unique experience for all Saint Bernard lovers. They are great fun for the dogs as well. The Saint Bernards are already looking forward to all the extra stroking and cuddling!”
The weekend walks take place in small groups of a maximum of 8 people, escorted by an animal keeper. As the 45-minute trips lead along a level forest track in Martigny, they are particularly suitable for families.