Dog Breed Guide: Saint Bernard

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A Saint Bernard with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Saint Bernard

Height (to base of neck): females 25.5″ males 27.5″

Weight:  110-200 lb

Color: Dark mask and ears are favored. Red with white markings, white with red markings and brindle with white are accepted.

Origin: Switzerland

Coat: Very dense with hairs that lie smoothly and is slightly wavy.

Life Expectancy: 8-9  years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Saint Bernard the Right Dog Breed for You?

This breed was valued in the Swiss Alps where they could clear paths in the snow and traverse mountain passes.  They have excellent tracking skills and were used to help find avalanche victims.  They tend to be docile and even tempered. Most are eager to please and are good with children, although care should be taken due to their size.  Some lines can tend towards aggression.  They are moderate droolers and low shedders.  They tend to be good with other dogs and while they will alarm bark, they aren’t good watch dogs.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Saint Bernard 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infection  $482  $5,955
 Skin Allergies  $428  $1,823
 Arthritis  $782  $4,721
 Pyoderma  $371  $737
 Lipoma  $504  $851


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