Breeders of the Svisart Kennel, Jana and Alojz Babnik

We brought our first Great Swiss Mountain Dog (hereinafter referred to as GSMD) from Switzerland in 1996, specifically a female named Eilo von der Rheinebene (born 31.12.1995), who was entered in the pedigree book under the number SLR Vpp 000001. Thus, she became the first GSMD in Slovenia and, we assume, also in the "Balkans."

We liked the GSMD as early as 1990, when we were creating our home and family. We were looking for a family dog and thus came across this wonderful breed in Switzerland. We immediately signed up for the waiting list. Since there were also few litters in Switzerland at that time, and because Slovenians were considered Balkan people, we waited in vain for a long 6 years. Then, in 1996, through our friend who was then the president of one of the Swiss cantons, we got our female dog Eilo. He purchased the dog in his name, then we bought her from him, thus acquiring our desired breed.

After the first mating with the stud Chino Fajo from Switzerland, Eila gave birth to just one live puppy, a female, whom we named Lara (born 11.8.1997), and she stayed at home. She was entered in the pedigree book under the number SLR Vpp 000002 and was the first GSMD born in Slovenia. In 1998 we mated the female dog Eila with the stud Bero. They had two puppies (born 13.8.1998), a male Berot and a female Brina. Later in 1999, we mated the female dogs Eila and Lara with the stud Axel vom Guten Ton from Austria. Both females successfully whelped, Eila had 3 and Lara 9 puppies. With both litters, we can say that the Slovenian breeding of GSMD began.

                                                                              Eila and Lara from Art, the first and second female dogs in Slovenia

In our Svisart kennel, we have bred more than 230 puppies so far, and our stud dogs have over 400 offspring. As of September this year (2023), 1685 GSMDs have been registered in the Slovenian pedigree book, and the number of litters and puppies is increasing. Every year, around 100 puppies are born, which is the most among the large dog breeds. Approximately ten percent of them are sold abroad by breeders. GSMDs are therefore becoming increasingly popular in Slovenia, as well as in Europe, where these Swiss dogs are increasingly valued, especially in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and in recent years also in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Having been involved in the breeding of GSMDs for more than 20 years and with extensive experience, we urge and request, especially beginner breeders, to use truly high-quality studs and breeding females, because only with quality dogs will we be able to compete with breeders from Europe and around the world. 



In my opinion, the Great Swiss Mountain Dog is the most beautiful in the world. We have three female dogs of our own breeding at home. We are impressed by the size of the breed, its elegant body structure, and the beautiful colors of its coat. The GSMD also has a very nice character. It is alert, calm, confident, and kind-hearted. It loves all the people it knows. By nature, it is protective and will guard its people when necessary. There are many stories about its protective nature, but one well-known story is about Nero (a dog who, along with Bello, was first entered in the Swiss pedigree book), who was a Great Swiss Mountain Dog. One evening, Nero was with his owner in a tavern. At night, they walked home - Nero, his master, and a heavily intoxicated neighbor. Unlike usual, the dog did not accompany his master, but the drunk neighbor. When the neighbor fell into a stream, Nero pulled him out of the water, then escorted him home and stayed with him all night. This story is just one of many that prove why a dog is a man's best friend. In Slovenia, there are just over 200 GSMDs, and their number is increasing rapidly, which just proves that others, like us before them, have noticed the beauty of this breed. If you ever decide to adopt this breed, you will never regret it.

Alojz Babnik, the first GSMD breeder in Slovenia


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