The Saint Bernard is a large, powerful breed who is also very gentle, loving and intelligent. They are eager to please their families and are good with children, which makes them a great family pet! Interaction with people and other animals is important because this breed can be very protective.
The Saint Bernard’s coat is very dense & tough. This breed comes with either a short coat (smooth coat) or a long coat (rough coat).
This breed is white with markings that come in a variety of colors, such as: mahogany, red, tan, brindle & black.
This breed is fairly easy to maintain. Brushing daily with a firm bristle brush should suffice. Only bathe when necessary. St Bernards shed twice a year.
The Saint Bernard life expectancy is between 8 - 10 years. The Saint Bernard is a relatively healthy breed. One common health concern in this breed is Wobblers Syndrome. Other concerns to watch for are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Skin Problems
It is believed that the Saint Bernard was bred by crossing the Tibetan Mastiff with the Greater Swiss Mtn Dog, Great Pyrenees or the Great Dane. The breed used to be a rescue dog for travelers crossing from Switzerland to Italy. The Saint Bernard was first recognized by the AKC in 1885 and was grouped as Working.