Right Breed for You?
Both long-haired and short-haired Saint Bernards shed and need regular grooming. New owners should be prepared for drool – there is no such thing as a dry mouth Saint. This breed makes a wonderful family companions with obedience training and daily exercise, but due to their larger size, may do better living in the country or suburbs.
The Saint Bernard
Originally used to locate freezing and helpless travelers during snowstorms, the Saint Bernard now uses his intelligence and strength in conformation and obedience competitions, cart pulling and weight pulling. Although powerful and muscular in build, Saints possess a gentle and dignified temperament. Their coats can be long or short and range in color from deep brown to brown-yellow. White markings are required.
Saint Bernard’s General Characteristics
Powerful, proportionately tall figure, strong and muscular in every part, with a powerful head and most intelligent expression. In dogs with a dark mask the expression appears more stern, but never ill-natured. The head like the whole body is very powerful and imposing. The slope from the skull to the muzzle is sudden and rather steep. The muzzle is short. While the bridge of the muzzle is straight and rather wide. A undershot bite can be found in good specimens although the scissors bite is preferable. The nose is very substantial, broad, with wide open nostrils, and, like the lips is always black. The ears are of medium size, rather high set, with a very strongly developed burr (Muschel) at the base. The eyes are set more to the front than the side, are of medium size, dark brown, with intelligent, friendly expression and set moderately deep. The tail is starting broad and powerful directly from the rump, it is long, very heavy, ending in a powerful tip. In repose it hangs straight down, turning gently upward in the lower third only. The feet are broad, with strong toes, moderately closed, and with rather high knuckles dewclaws are not desired; if present they must not obstruct gait. The coat can come in two types shorthaired or longhaired. Very dense lying smooth, tough without however feeling rough to the touch. Ranging in size from 25 1/2 to 27 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing 130 to 200 pounds.
Saint Bernard Training
The Saint Bernard is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
Saint Bernard Care and Grooming
The medium-length coat of the Saint Bernard only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (Remember what you get out with a brush then doesn’t fall out in your home!)