Remember these words at the beginning of our Standard….. Powerful, strong and muscular.
There are a growing number of Saint Bernard fanciers who enjoy keeping the working skills and heredity traits of our breed alive and strive to bring to life those words in our Standard. As time marches on, we don’t work our Saint Bernards as in the past, but we do love to work our dogs in Obedience Trials, Tracking Tests, Agility Trials, Draft Tests & Weight Pulling Tests. These events are a joy to participate in and watching a well-trained Saint Bernard demonstrate its working breed abilities makes us all proud.
Some of these performance sports may not be your “cup of tea” but one can still learn a thing or two and support those that do. What a wonderful breed we have to be so versatile. Keep in mind, good conformation and temperament are very important factors that go into making an excellent performance dog. Our Standard is the outline for a WORKING Saint Bernard. Read it and take it with you when looking for your next Saint Bernard. May we all strive to put titles on both ends of our dog’s name. We should ALL celebrate, watch and support our Saint Bernards in action when we have the chance, be it a conformation or a performance venue.
To further your knowledge, check out the different “Worlds” to view the plethora of performance events and additional titles which may be earned. And please don’t hesitate to contact the Performance or Working Dog Chair listed in the Club Contacts.