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St Bernard dog breed: Facts, information and more

St Bernard

About the St Bernard dog

The St Bernard dog breed was used to guard the grounds of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard. He also helped find and save lost and injured travelers.

These days, the Saint is primarily a family companion or show dog. He is calm and has a patient temperament. St Bernard dog is a member of the Mastiff family, as evidenced by his huge head and tall, powerful body.

General characteristics


Male: 120-200 lbs.
Female: 120-200 lbs.


Male: 27 in.

Female: 25 in.

Average Lifespan: 8-10 years

The tendency to Drool: High

Tendency to Bark: Low
A tendency to Dig: Low

St Bernard dog

St Bernard dogs are very powerful and muscular dogs. His large size is what mainly attracts people to him. The dog can be long-haired or short-haired. Coat colors range from red and white, brown and white, and brindle and white. Some have dark masks on their faces. Eyes are usually brown, but sometimes can be icy blue, and should have naturally tight lids.


The St Bernard dog does well on high-quality food. Any diet should be appropriate for the dog’s age. But you should watch your dog’s calorie intake because they are prone to getting overweight. Try using multiple small meals to prevent the dog from bloating. Clean fresh water should be available at all times.

The adult Saint Bernard sheds twice a year, in spring and fall. Regular brushing will help to minimize such shedding. However, given this pup’s size, be prepared for furry tumbleweeds around the house. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. Shampoo may strip the coat of its oily, water-resistant properties, so use a mild soap.

The dog is best when raised outdoors, keeping it away from smooth surfaces. Short runs and walk will be enough training for the St Bernard dog.


The saint is prone to “wobbler” syndrome, heart problems, skin problems, hip dysplasia, tumors, and ectropion. Also, Twisted stomachs should be watched for. Make regular visits to the vet in case you notice any ailment.

Living with a St Bernard dog 

Saint Bernard is a social being. this dog is likely to sulk if he feels that he is being left out of any fun. His instinctive desire to please will generally offset any stubbornness. They’re protective and loyal, and make gentle playmates for children. They make for polite and laid-back housemates. Plan for daily walks, brief jogs, or games in the backyard.

St Bernard dog

Fun facts about the St Bernard dog 

1. The Bartender of the Dog World?

This is a fallacy. The St. Bernard didn’t actually ever have a small barrel of brandy about its neck. They should be known as the “dog rescuer,” instead.

2. Fame and Fortune

Although they’ve only been known as the St. Bernard since the mid-1800s, they are very famous for their rescues. Before that, they were known as “Barry Dogs” and “Noble Steeds,” among others.

3. Brawn

The first bodybuilder of the dog world? Not exactly, but this dog has energy and stamina, perfect for all his past jobs, including farming, watchdog and, of course, search and rescue.

4. Brains

This is a smart dog. He’s famous for being brainy, even-tempered, non-territorial (though he’ll protect you if there’s a danger), obedient, very loyal, and great with kids and even other animals.

5. Cold As Ice?

Definitely not in personality. This is a warm and loving dog. But because his ancestors spent so much time traipsing the Alps and rescuing wayward travelers from certain death, he is now pretty much a cold weather dog.

There you have it. Woof!!!

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