Barry

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Breed: Saint Bernard

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Barry is described as the most famous St Bernard in the world – though the truth of his life and heroism is now clouded by some legend and exaggeration.

He was born around 1800 and worked as a mountain rescue dog and lived at the monastery at the Great St Bernard Pass near the Swiss-Italy border and was responsible for saving some 40 lives.

Barry's body was preserved and put on display at the Natural History Museum in Berne, Switzerland.

A monument to him was built in 1900 at the entrance to the Cimetière des Chiens pet cemetery in Paris. The inscription claims he rescued 40 people and was killed by the 41st. Legend has it was he was shot dead by someone he was trying to rescue who mistook him for a wolf.

Given that Barry died at the age of 14 – a very good age for a dog of this breed and size - this seems quite unlikely. Barry would probably have been used more for breeding than rescuing in later life.

An Augustine monk named St. Bernard de Menthon first founded a hospice and monastery around the year 1050. The area has proved treacherous to travellers throughout history. He gave the breed its name.

In 1977 a heavily-fictionalised version of his story was featured in a made-for-TV film Barry of the Great St Bernard

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