Hello Saint Bernard Fanciers.

Joan3_ColorCorrectedAs the president of the SBCA, let me be the first to welcome you to our new look, the Saint Bernard Club of America’s modern and updated new website.  I hope you will enjoy navigating it and discovering new and important aspects of our beloved breed through its use.



Joan Zielinski,

President, Saint Bernard Club of America

The SBCA PEDIGREE DATABASE has been revised and updated to include new titles, corrections and, other additional information. 

There are now 83,495 dogs in the system!

We owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to Winnie Vogel, Gary Weigel and Webmaster, Bob Carter for their hard word and dedication to this project. 


The Saint Bernard Club of America is honored to recognize our very own Lifetime Member


on his recent 2016 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award

The Awards, first created and awarded in 1999, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists and winners, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and, teaching.

The honorees will receive engraved Revere bowls on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Delegates luncheon held in conjunction with the AKC/EUKANUBA National Championship in Orlando, Florida.  A sterling silver Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at AKC Headquarters in New York City.  

John received his first Saint Bernard, Nicklus, in 1969. This puppy went on to become the breed’s most-titled (at the time) American and Canadian Champion, as well as American and Canadian Utility Dog. Since Nicklus, John and lived with eight other Saints earing additional championships and UDTs, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi earning a tracking title. 

John started over again in 1998, with a Saint puppy, Kris, imported from Belgium.  Kris surpassed John’ other Saint’s record as the most-titled Saint Bernard Champion with 39 titles to his name (nine Master titles in Agility, UDT, TD, RE2, DD, plus a VCD2). Most recently, his Saint, Ms. May, completed her Bronze Grand Championship along with a BN,PC,GN,PCDX,CDX,CGCA. Ms. May holds the breed’s record as the most-titled Grand Champion at the different levels. All John’s dogs are, owner-handled to all titles.

John started judging AKC Obedience in 1978, making 2015 his 37th. year of judging. Over the years, he has been writing the “Dog Talk” and “Random Little Tidbits” articles for Front & Finish. It is his hope that the articles will point out to handlers where points can come off and maybe the team’s scores will go up with a better understanding of the Obedience Regulations. It is not always the dog that errors!

After 40 years of research, John has built a SAINT BERNARD NATONIAL ARCHIVES with data on the Saint Bernard reaching back to 1879. The Archives has the names of every Saint Bernard who earned AKC Titles, plus conformation/performance records, firsts of the breed, and records of the breed.



Learn about the Saint Bernard breed’s fascinating history as well as the founding of the Monastery and museumMartigny007_WebHospice in 980 AD. Read about our legendary Barry who is credited with saving over 40 lives in the Alps centuries ago. Study the special details of our breed in our Illustrated Commentary section. Find a puppy or older Saint or stud service in our Breeders Directory or perhaps you can find a special Saint needing a home through our Rescue Foundation. Want to know more about the Saints in your dog’s pedigree?  Check out our unique Pedigree File.

Our Material…

Information on this site is designed to promote the responsible and intelligent breeding and ownership of our giant breed. We all think of our own special Saints as beloved family companions whether they are snoozing at our feet, or active in a myriad of activities such as conformation exhibiting, obedience/rally, agility, carting,  weight pulls, service or therapy.


We encourage you…

Please contact any of our Breed Advisors, members of the SBCA Board, Committee Chairs or anyone on our Contact List at any time for more information. Our members strive to be true ambassadors for our breed and we are always available to help you. We also invite  you to sign up for email notifications as new material is added by simply filling out the form on this page. 

This site continues to be a work in progress. Please send any comments or suggestions as well as any errors you may encounter to Bob Carter, Webmaster @ r.carter@snet.net


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