Saint Bernard


Origin and brief history:

The ancestors of Saint Bernard’s came from the mountains of Switzerland. They have a remarkable history as working rescue dogs. There are written records of the Saint Bernard dogs by the monks at Great Saint Bernard Pass, from which they are named after, as early as 1700! The original Saint Bernard dogs were known for rescuing people from avalanches in the Swiss mountains. One particular dog named Barry is rumored to have saved over 40 people lost in the mountains. Modern Saint Bernard’s are a popular pet breed among the giant dogs.




Saint Bernard’s can be best classified as gentle giants. They are known to be calm, mellow and relaxed. They tend to get along great with children and families. Saint Bernard’s enjoy snowy weather and really come to life in the winter. Although generally quite agreeable, Saint Bernards can be stubborn when it comes to training. They are the most calm and docile when they get routine affection and attention from people. It is important for Saint Bernard’s to be socialized with people and other animals due to their large size. They mean well, but they can knock off small children.



Saint Bernard’s have a thick coat that should be brushed at least twice a week. This will keep the coat soft, shiny and prevent matting. When it is time for your Saint Bernard’s coat to shed, (about twice a year), it is recommended that your use a shedding blade to help thin out it’s coat.

Be sure to keep your Saint Bernard’s face clean. You can use a clean, damp cloth to wipe any tear duct stains that may come up. Other routines to keep up should include keeping his ears free of wax and toenails trimmed. It’s a well-known fact that Saint Bernard’s drool a lot, so it’s important to keep them as clean as possible.


Specification of breed:

Saint Bernard puppy grow very quickly during their first year. Full sized height and weight can vary greatly between Saint Bernards.

For a male, you can expect a shoulder height around 30 inches and weigh between 150 and 180 pounds. Females average height is 27 inches at the shoulder and 130 pounds.

A typical Saint Bernard has a dense coat that is thicker around the collar and is a mix of white and shades of brown.




Buyer Beware:

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering a Saint Bernard. The first, and most important, are their health risks. Because of their large size and rapid growth rate, they are susceptible to bone disorders later in life. Due to continued inbreeding, a lot of genetic issues are passed on through generations of Saint Bernards. The typical Saint Bernard lifespan is 7 to 10 years.



Another thing to keep in mind is how much living space you have. Saint Bernard’s don’t require as much exercise as some breeds, but they really can’t be pent up in a small apartment all day. You should have some space for your dog to roam and get fresh air regularly. Saint Bernards have a low tolerance for hot weather. Saint Bernard’s can begin to act out when they feel bored and neglected. You should make sure you have time to commit to your Saint Bernard. Saint Bernard’s can be a messy breed; they shed and drool daily.


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