ALL ABOUT™ SAINT BERNARDS
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