In the end of the 19th century, the modern breed of Saint Bernard dog began.
Already in 1883 the first Swiss breeding standard was established. After the Swiss Canine Stud Book (SHSB) opened in February 1884, the very first entries were made, they were all St. Bernard's.
At the international congress of cynology on the 2nd of June 1887 the official recognition of the St. Bernard dog as a Swiss breed and the breed standard was immediately adopted as binding.
Since then he is regarded as the Swiss national dog.
The breeding in the early years according to Swiss standard resulted in significantly smaller and lighter dogs as today. They were used at that time as rescue dogs.
There are two hair varieties, namely called the short hair or stick hair and longhair.
Both varieties are of considerable size and of impressive general appearance. They have a balanced, powerful, sturdy, muscular body with impressive head and an alert facial expression.
One of the main tasks of the Breeding Commission is the control and surveillance of breeding. For this task, the breeding rules and regulations of the Animal Protection Act apply. The Commission is available to breeders for questions about pairing and advises them in all other breeding issues.
Another object of the Breeding Commission is the informing of the Executive Board of decisions which lie within the competence of the breeding committee and proposals to the Board for submission to the General Assembly. The current tasks and decisions are handled at regular meetings.
The Breeding Commission organizes regular surveys and training for breeders and other interested parties.
The individual objects are defined within the Breed Commission and held in a separate specification. The Breeding Commission is represented on the board of the Swiss St. Bernard Club through its president.