The St. Bernard is strong and protective and adores his family. St. Bernard is large type of domestic dog that belongs to the group of working dogs. It originates from Switzerland. St. Bernard was created at the end of the 17th or the beginning of the 18th century by mixing native Swiss breeds of dogs with newly introduced Mastiff-types of dogs. St. Bernard was initially used as a watchdog, before people discovered its potential rescue skills. This breed can be found all over the world today. St. Bernard is still widely used as a working dog, but it is also very popular and often kept as a pet.
The St. Bernard is part of the working breed group and makes a wonderful family pet, thanks to his loyal and caring nature. He takes up a lot of room at home, making him best suited to larger homes with outdoor space where he can stretch out.
- Before getting a St. Bernard you may want to work out how much room he will take up in your house – as he is not capable of curling up to save on space .
- He is not fussy about being neat and tidy either and he will drool and slobber, and need brushing around three times a week.
- Typically he will weigh between 54kg and 82kg, when fully grown.
- A healthy St. Bernard will usually live for 8 to 10 years.
Aside from rescuing people, St. Bernard can be also used for farming and as a watchdog. It can accomplish excellent results on the competitions in obedience, pulling of wagons and carts and in the show rings.
Despite its size, St. Bernard is suitable for indoor living. House with backyard is the best choice for this dog. St. Bernard prefers areas with cold climate (it does not tolerate high temperatures).
St. Bernard sheds a lot and it needs to be brushed at least three times per week to keep shedding under control.
The St. Bernard might be big but he does not need lots of exercise, and roughly an hour a day will be enough to keep him in peak mental and physical condition.
St. Bernards need all of the usual vaccinations, flea and tick control, and dental checks to go on to lead a healthy life, but it’s worth being aware of some of the more specific ailments which can affect this breed, so you can look out for any symptoms.