The Saint Bernard is a friendly pet. They are also known as Bernhardiner or St. Bernhardshund. It was originated from Italy and Switzerland. The dog was named after Saint Bernard de Menthon. Saint Bernards were an ancient dog breed and they were between Great Dane, Great Pyrenees and Great Swiss Mountain Dog. They were used to be working dog to guard livestocks or hunting dogs. The Saint Bernard was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. Today, they become friendly family pet for us. In 1992, Saint Bernard has become a movie dog in the Comedy film and the movie name is Beethoven.

Facts about Saint Bernard

  • Temperament – The Saint Bernard is docile, gentle, intelligent and loyal. They are always slow moving. Saint Bernard puppies need early socialization and obedience training. They are good natured and they can get along with children. They have strong protective instinct and they are good watch dog.
  • Appearance – The St Bernard has a giant-sized muscular body. They have square head and they come with pair dark eyes. Their forehead has noticeable wrinkles. The nose is black and the neck is thick. Their ears are hanged close to their head. They have short muzzle and the chest is moderately deep. They have powerful legs. Their feet are broad with strong toes. They have long tail. They are either longhaired or shorthaired. The coat is either rough or smooth.

Here are pictures of Beethoven Film Series

 

 

 

 

Saint Bernard Breed Information

Size Large
Height 61 -70 cm (male and female)
Weight 50-91 kg (male and female)
Colour White with red, brindle, mahogany, black markings
Group Working Dog Breed
Life Span 8 – 10 years
Litter Size 6 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed
Grooming Requirements Regular grooming and weekly brushing is needed. This dog breed is a heavy shedder
Environment Indoor or small yard
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, FCI, AKC, ANKC, UKC, KCGB, NZKC, NKC, APRI, NAPR, DRA


The common health issue for St Bernard is prone to gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion or elbow dysplasia. Here is a list of Saint Bernard puppy names.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may look for Saint Bernard adoption from Saint Bernard rescue or look for Saint Bernard for sale from Saint Bernard breeders.

Saint Bernard