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Saint Bernard Puppies
Description: The St. Bernard is powerful, strong, and muscular with a somewhat sad looking expression. They are a faithful, gentle, kindly breed who love children. It requires no training for their work since generations of service seemed to have stamped the rescuing instinct upon their character. Because of their size it does not make a breed for an apartment dweller as they need plenty of space and large food rations. Their size is a eye-catching, weighing up to 220 lbs! The Guiness Book of Records recorded a Saint Bernard to have weighed in at 305 pounds. Although they are heavy and large, they are not the tallest dogs in the world. They are manageable, but should be trained as a puppy not to pull their leash. Training and socialization is a must with this breed, as they are large and powerful dogs. A well-trained Saint Bernard is a mellow, affectionate, lazy dog who will protect your home. Until the bones are fully formed in puppies of Saint Bernards it is best to keep their activity to a minimum. These dogs are rather tranquil and benevolent. When they are protective, however, they can be rather threatening-looking and if provoked can be an intense adversary. Regularly, though, the Saint Bernard is a big, friendly, peaceful ball of fluff.
Other Names: St. Bernhardshund, Alpine Mastiff
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: 24 -
30 inches. Females are typically a few inches shorter than males.
mahogany-brindle, red-brindle or white with patches on the body in any of
these colors or with black. They often have a white blaze on the face, and
white on the muzzle, collar, chest, forelegs, feet and end of the tail. They
often have black shading on the face and ears.
Saint Bernards are tranquil and benevolent. They are friendly to almost everyone,
getting along well with children and other pets. They are, however, unstable
if left alone for a long time, as they can get separation anxiety. They should
be with someone most of the time, and given an outlet if left alone. They
can become destructive otherwise. Saint Bernards are intelligent, trainable,
playful. They can be rather affectionate, loving to give slobbery kisses to
their owners. They are fun loving but are poor guards. They are great watchdogs,
however, and they will alert their owners to anything unusual.
Watch-dog: Very High.
They are quite alert dogs.
Care and Exercise:
Comb or brush the Saint Bernard frequently, bathe only when
necessary with a mild soap. Considerable shedding happens twice a year. Pay
special attention to keeping the eyes clean. Remember, the Saint Bernard drools
excessively. Daily short, regular walks are better than long sessions.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Medium.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, albinism, bone problems, heart defects, and a short life span. Epilepsy, skin allergies, laryngeal paralysis, temperament problems and osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which has been shown to be hereditary in this breed, are also health concerns. Finally, bloat is a threat to this breed due to their deep chests. Bloat is a health concern to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs. It is also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach.
Life Span: 8 years is
average. Unfortunately, this breed is not very long lived.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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