The breed was named for Archdeacon Bernard de Menthon, who founded a Hospice in the Swiss Alps as a refuge for travelers. For centuries they were developed by the Monks as companions, watchdogs and workers that saved thousands of human lives by finding and assisting lost or injured travelers in the Swiss Alps.
Height: 25.5 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder
Coats and Colors:
Colors: White with red, brown or brindle markings; black "mask" typically seen
About the Breed:
The Saint Bernard will either have a short, smooth coat or longer, silky coat. Both coats require routine grooming, though the long-haired variety should be brushed out more often. This breed has a relatively high shedding rate which can be controlled with regular hair brushing.
Like all dogs, proper training and socialization is important for Saints. Due to the dog's giant size, careful attention should be placed upon prevention of jumping, leaning and leash-pulling. Additionally, routine exercise is essential to keep your Saint fit and stimulated.
The Saint Bernard has a calm, gentle temperament and tends to get along quite well with children. However, the breed might not always realize its size, so be cautious at first. Overall, Saints have the natural instinct to protect and assist people, making them wonderful assistance dogs and family pets.
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