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Saint Bernard Breed Information
This Swiss working breed is originally from Switzerland and is massive in size. Weighing between 100 – 200+ pounds, this dog will stand 25 - 30 inches tall at the shoulders (withers). The breed has two coat types, the rough coat which is a longer coat, and the smooth coat which is a shorter smoother haired coat.
This Swiss working breed is originally from Switzerland and is massive in size. Weighing between 100 – 200+ pounds, this dog will stand 25 - 30 inches tall at the shoulders (withers). The breed has two coat types, the rough coat which is a longer coat, and the smooth coat which is a shorter smoother haired coat. Bred as a rescue dog to save the injured and lost in the Swiss Alps region of Europe, this breed is hardy and patient, making him a wonderful pet for those willing to share their home with a mammoth breed such as the Saint. The breed rose in popularity due to the movie series Beethoven, a comedy starring a lovable Saint Bernard puppy growing up with a family that was not quite prepared for the needs of the breed.
Due to their extra-large size, the breed is best suited to suburban or rural living. The Saint is sweet, trustworthy, and patient with children. Early training and socialization are necessary to ensure that the breed is trained properly before he becomes too large. This will provide an understanding that he needs to be gentle and not jump on people in his desire to be friendly or playful. The breed is very smart and does well in a variety of canine activities.
The rough coat has a thick, dense coat that sheds heavily and is best maintained with frequent brushing to reduce shedding and remove dead undercoat. The smooth coat is slightly easier to maintain but sheds the same. His large jowls mean that the breed does drool heavily so owners that choose this breed must be prepared to deal with sloppy wet kisses and equally wet floors. Years of life will average between 8 - 10 years. Colors include red/white, mahogany/white, and brindle/white, as well as white dogs with dark markings.
As this is a brachycephalic (short faced) breed, it is important to understand the needs of this type of breed prior to purchase to ensure that this breed suits your lifestyle and climate, and to provide proper care during hot weather or excessive activities for the health and wellbeing of the dog.