August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Saint Bernard Dog & Puupy Breed Information
The Saint Bernard isn’t the largest breed but he’s over 27” tall at the shoulder and well over 100 pounds. He is a highly intelligent, strong dog that makes a wonderful family companion and an imposing guard dog. Saint owners don’t object to the slobber.

Saint Bernard Puppy & Breed Information

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The Saint Bernard, with its highly developed sense of smell is famous for locating lost travelers during snowstorms for the famous Swiss Alps Hospice in the late 1600s.  The Saint Bernard comes by his name fairly as he was once called the Hospice Dog due to assisting travelers crossing the treacherous Saint Bernard pass between Switzerland and Italy.

Saint Bernard Coat, Color, Care: The Saint’s coat can be long or short and range in color from rich red to light brown but white markings are always required.  Ear cleaning and weekly brushing and combing reduce shedding on the sofa but he may drool there.  The Saint Bernard does have a wet mouth but don’t drool as much as some other breeds.

Saint Bernard Personality: Like many oversize breeds, Saints are gentle, dignified, and calm demeanor although puppies can be boisterous.  Great with older children but because of his size, must be supervised with small animals and children.  The Saint Bernard should have obedience training early in life.  Saints are congenial and eager to please, almost “saintly.”

Exercise Requirements: Saints need exercise to keep them healthy, but soft bones, joints, and ligaments in growing puppies should not be over-stressed.  Free play in a fenced yard or in urban areas, long walks (and jogs) in the park or around the neighborhood are fine for puppies.  Increase speed and duration as the puppy becomes an adult.

Health Concerns: The lifespan of a Saint Bernard is approx. 8-10 years and he is susceptible to hip, bone and joint diseases as well as gastric torsion (bloat) due to his size.  He may also have heart, eye (ectropion), wobbler syndrome, and like all dogs, skin problems or cancer.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects.  A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.

More Saint Bernard photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Saint Bernard Breed Standard

Saint Bernard AKC Standard
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