Description: Bred as alpine search-and rescue dogs that usually worked in pairs, these dogs like tranquility, are good-humored, levelheaded, careful, very loyal to their family/owners/handlers. Although not frequent barkers, Saint Bernard’s will defend its family/owners/handlers and their possessions if necessary, although that is not the dog’s primary role. It’s been said that these dogs can predict an avalanche and other such mishaps.
These dogs drool and shed heavily. Beware of the seeming unpredictability of the breed, now that it has become somewhat popular. The popularity of these dogs has led to some faulty breeding, as Saint Bernards were bred more for size and mask instead of temperament.
These dogs love the outdoors and will be right at home with a human that loves to hike, etc. These dogs need daily exercise and should be trained while puppies to walk properly before they’re fully-grown.
Height: Female 25 inches, Male 27 inches
Colors: Has white with red or red with white various shades; brindle patches with white markings. The colors red and brown-yellow are of entirely equal value, has necessary markings which are white chest, feet and tip of tail, noseband, collar or spot on the nape; the latter and blaze are very desirable. Never of one color or without white.
Coat: Has very dense, short-haired (stockhaarig), lying smooth, tough, without however feeling rough to the touch. The thighs are slightly bushy. The tail at the root has longer and denser hair which gradually becomes shorter toward the tip. The tail appears bushy, not forming a flag.
Temperament: Friendly, calm and watchful.
With Children: Loves children, but care must be taken as dog is of great size and could lead to an unintentional accident when playing.
Special Skills: Intelligent
Care and Training:
Activity: Needs lots of exercise
Living Environment: Needs lots of room and space.
Health Issues: Hip dysplacia
Country of Origin: Tibetenturies A.D., with native dogs which undoubtedly existed in the region at the time of the Roman invasions.
History: Saint Bernard originates from the ancient Tibet to a breed known as the Tibetan Masstiff, a mountain dog of tremendous size, bone and weight. Due to the movement of armies over the centuries, the descendants of the Tibetan Mastiffs reached Switzerland during the Roman invasions in the first and second centuries and arrived in the Valais district of St Bernard.
First REgistered by the AKC: