Dog Breed Guide: Saint Bernard
Posted on February 23, 2015 under Dog Breeds
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.
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
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