The Saint Bernard is a very talented breed, famous for their
rescue work in harsh, cold, and deadly conditions after avalanches in the Alp
Mountains. They are very intelligent and trainable. They are caring, lovable,
and extremely easy going. They do very
well with children and enjoy being with their human family.
Very large in size, St. Bernards grow to be 100 to 200 pounds.
Males are usually larger than females. Due to their large size, training should begin
while the dog is still a manageable size. The owner needs to be able to place dominance over
St. Bernards are usually okay with apartment living, providing
sufficient exercise is given. As a puppy
(until about 2), short walks will do. As breed matures, longer walks will be
needed to keep animal fit both physical and mentally.
Brush coat regularly. Bathe only when necessary. Keep nails
trimmed. The breed is a seasonal shedder (sheds twice a year).
St Bernards are estimated to live 8 to 10 years.