St. Bernards Dog Breeds
St. Bernards are calm, goofy and big. They can make great working dogs and family members. They are extremely loyal and sweet- and they aim to please their owners. St. Bernards are very big, ranging in height between 25 ½ and 27 ½ inches and can weigh between 110 to 200 pounds. Saint Bernards are gentle and good with children, but due to their size may accidentally knock something or someone over unintentionally. St. Bernards do not require very much exercise and love to take up residence on the couch. It is important that potential St. Bernard owners consider the costs associated with owning a giant breed, including food, vet bills, and breed health problems.
St. Bernards may have short or long coats. They have thick fur around their tails and thighs. Their coat usually comes in red, white and a mix of both. St. Bernards require a fair amount of grooming because their coat is thick and goes through stages of heavy shedding. St. Bernards need to be brushed every other day and may need to be trimmed during hot seasons and periods of heavy shedding. They are also notorious for tear stains and drool which requires a wet cloth to gently remove. Since St. Bernards have floppy ears, cleaning should take place weekly. Nail trimming should take place at least once a month.
St. Bernards can be a bit of a handful when it comes to training. They may want to listen and obey one moment and will be off doing their own thing the next. Setting boundaries early on and being consistent with training will prevent a St. Bernard from taking over. St. Bernards are stubborn and will require treats, rewards, and praise to obey.
St. Bernards are not a highly active breed, but still, require daily walks to maintain their health and mental happiness. St. Bernards also love to run and should be given the opportunity to do so a few times a week. St. Bernards are at risk of overheating during the warmer months, and should not be left outside for long periods of time or expected to be active outdoors. St. Bernards love the snow and will play for hours in it.
St. Bernards generally live between 8 to 10 years. The breed has many potential health concerns including bloat, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, osteosarcoma, entropion and more.
A St. Bernard is a wonderful pet that adores humans. If you have the time, space, money, and energy for a giant breed, a St. Bernard could be the gentle giant for you.
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