Saint Bernard breed profile

"We are the good puppies, no really" Photo by M.T. : Saint Bernard breed profile
"We are the good puppies, no really" Photo by M.T.
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Training and intelligence
Although Saint Bernards are intelligent, they can be slow in their responses, so be patient. Start training while the dog is a young puppy, because he will grow fast and soon be huge. Perhaps the most important behaviour to work on is walking on the lead without pulling, as no human will win a tug-of-war instigated by a Saint Bernard dog. Their strength can be channelled into cart pulling activities.

Temperament
The Saint Bernard dog is steadfast and loyal. Despite his great size he is gentle. This breed is generally excellent around children, and adores playing with them, although as with all big dogs supervision is necessary to ensure no problems result from the sheer bulk of a Saint Bernard.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
While a Saint Bernard is not the most outgoing breed, they are certainly not aggressive. They are generally tolerant and accepting of strange people or dogs, however this dog will defend you if he perceives that you are in danger. This is a giant breed, and just the appearnce of a Saint Bernard will put off potential intruders. They are not habitual barkers, but will use their judgement.

Grooming and shedding
There are two coat types in Saint Bernards - the rough and the smooth. Obviously, the longer the coat the more grooming will be necassary. Occasional bathing will be necessary, and this will be a big task - there is a lot of Saint Bernard to wash!

Exercise
Saint Bernards enjoy their sleep and relaxation, although they are playful companions. A good daily walk keep him happy, and it is esential that exercise is restricted up to the age of two years while the large skeleton and muscles grow and settle.

Need for company
A Saint Bernard really needs company and attention. He will bond with his people and will need to spend a lot of time with them.

General
The height guidelines given here is a minimum - 25.5" for bitches, and 27.5" for dogs. Saint Bernards can grow up to 36" though. This breed does a lot of growing in a short time, and great care must be taken in feeding and exercising them in the vital early months and years. Saint Bernards are quite quiet, but they can produce a considerable amount of drool.

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Books


St. Bernard (Comprehensive Owners Guide)

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This beautifully illustrated book discusses the St. Bernard's history, characteristics and breed standard and includes up-to-date, accurate information about health concerns, puppy selection, feeding and caring for the dog. ....


Saint Bernards (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals)

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our st. bernard elvis and her sister duchess

i love elvis he is so loving its my first saint but i am hooked for life

i love elvis he is so loving its my first saint but i am hooked for life

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Best Buddies

Big brother and little brother

Big brother and little brother

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Trampoline dog

Beuford enjoying the trampoline

Beuford enjoying the trampoline

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Sleeping baby

Our little Lulu sleeping like a log

Our little Lulu sleeping like a log

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Dr. Watson Crick (Doc)s

Doc's first trip to the beach at 1 year old.
When my best friend got her St. Bernard three years ago I thought she was nuts but very shortly fell in love with him, and when she decided to breed him with a local female I decided to take pick of the litter. Two years later I can't imagine life without one of these monsters in my life, drool and shedding aside, he brightens each and every day.

Doc's first trip to the beach at 1 year old.
When my best friend got her St. Bernard three years ago I thought she was nuts but very shortly fell in love with him, and when she decided to breed him with a local female I decided to take pick of the litter. Two years later I can't imagine life without one of these monsters in my life, drool and shedding aside, he brightens each and every day.

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Bella : Saint Bernard

Dogs name: BellaOwners Name: Amber and Matthew JordingShe is a bed hog when she actually decides to get on it.

Dogs name: Bella
Owners Name: Amber and Matthew Jording
She is a bed hog when she actually decides to get on it.

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Sancho : Saint Bernard

Dogs name: SanchoOwners Name: Stephanie MarxHere's Sancho in his natural element... Snow!

Dogs name: Sancho
Owners Name: Stephanie Marx
Here's Sancho in his natural element... Snow!

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Autumn : Saint Bernard

Dogs name: AutumnOwners Name: Daniel MorganThe sweetest dogs I've ever met, bar none.  We have 2 and want more, and want to breed them later on in life.  The only word to describe this breed is

Dogs name: Autumn
Owners Name: Daniel Morgan
The sweetest dogs I've ever met, bar none. We have 2 and want more, and want to breed them later on in life. The only word to describe this breed is "majestic". Wonderful pets, not meant to be left without interaction.

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Caesar : Saint Bernard

Dogs name: CaesarOwners Name: Daniel MorganThe sweetest dog I've ever met, bar none.  We have 2 and want more, and want to breed them later on in life.  The only word to describe this breed is

Dogs name: Caesar
Owners Name: Daniel Morgan
The sweetest dog I've ever met, bar none. We have 2 and want more, and want to breed them later on in life. The only word to describe this breed is "majestic". Wonderful pets, not meant to be left without interaction.

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