AKC PuppyFinder: St. Bernard Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Friendly, patient, outgoing; known as a great “nanny dog” for kids
- Energy Level: Not Very Active; A mature Saint will be content with long walks and a romp on the lawn
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 28-30 inches (males), 26-28 inches (female)
- Weight: 140-180 pounds (male), 120-140 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Although best known as the brave breed that saves travelers lost in the snow, the St. Bernard is also an excellent family dog. The intelligence and work ethic that make him such a good working dog is matched with a gentle temperament and trainability. He'll thrive on the challenge of obedience competitions or activities like weight-pulling. St. Bernard puppies, adorable balls of fluff, grow to be massive dogs weighing as much as 130-180 pounds, so he'll want lots of room to exercise and romp.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1885
Breed History & Job Description: In the year 1050, at a snowy pass within the Alps, a monk named Bernard of Menthon (later canonized) established a hospice to aid pilgrims journeying to Rome. At 8,000 feet above sea level, with drifts as high as 40 feet, crossing the pass was treacherous. Over several centuries the hospice monks developed powerful working dogs able to locate and rescue luckless travelers buried by drifts and avalanches. Myth busted: Dogs of the Great St. Bernard Pass didn’t carry casks of brandy around their necks.
Saint Bernards are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Saint Bernards are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Hip Evaluation
- Breed Club