Males minimum height is 27.5 in. (male average
Females minimum height is 25.5 in. (female average
Weight of males: 140-180 lb. Females: 120-140 lb.
affectionate, loving, even-tempered, pleasant, loyal,
Origin: Switzerland, 1000s. These noble dogs were taken
into the Alps hundreds of years ago and bred by monks to
be rescue dogs. The St. Bernard was trained to find
victims of avalanches or those lost within alpine passes.
Their main use was as a search and rescue dog. Their
bodies are massive and very muscular. The head of this
breed is also quite massive. The tail is long, bushy and
hangs down to the hocks. Ears lie flat against the face.
They have a wonderfully gentle and intelligent expression
upon their face. This large and wonderful breed of dog has
two haircoat varieties. One is smooth-haired and the other
is rough-haired. The smooth-haired coat is dense, short
and smooth. The rough-haired is medium-long in length and
is also dense. The Saint Bernard's coat does require
weekly brushing. They do shed. Color: red and white, white
and red, red and brown-yellow; brindle patches with white
markings. The red can be in varying shades. Training:
socialization and obedience. Training needs to be
consistent. Good with children, gentle; but as with all
dogs, they should never be left unsupervised around
children. The St. Bernard is good with pets in the home if
raised with them from puppyhood; good with other dogs.
Exercise: this large dog requires plenty of daily
exercise. Should be in a home where it has free access to
a large, enclosed yard. Prefers to spend time outdoors.
Some possible health concerns: bloat, entropion, ectropion,