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St. Bernard

Everything you need to know about St. Bernards.

Life Expectancy
typically 8+ years
Medium length with heavy shedding

St. Bernards are giant, moderately active dogs originating from the mountains of Switzerland and Italy.   

First bred as working dogs and to assist rescue missions, St. Bernards have a dense, double coat which allows them to stay warm in cold conditions. Their coats are usually red and white, or brown and white in colour.  

When it comes to behaviour, each doggo has their own traits and quirks. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re taking a look at everything St. Bernard, bringing you the important facts and things to consider. 

Could you give a St. Bernard a forever home? 

Caring for St. Bernards

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a St. Bernard. 

Health issues

Before giving a St. Bernard a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for St. Bernards, sp...

How much food does a St. Bernard need?

Not all St. Bernards need the same amount of food. This depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight

Dog food packets usually provide a good indicati...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a St. Bernard need?

St. Bernards are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn...

How much grooming does a St. Bernard need?

St. Bernards shed heavily. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This helps your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your dog feels relaxed and confi...

What size crate do you need for a St. Bernard?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

St. Bernard behaviour and training  

Although you may have ideas about what St. Bernards are like, it’s important to remember that every dog is different.

What’s the temperament of a St. Bernard?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different St. Bernards vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppies to adult poo...

Are St. Bernards easy to train?

You really can teach any dog new tricks. The key is positive learning. Find out what gets your dog’s tail wagging with excitement. Snacks or toys are popular choices, or even lots of praise. Whatever it is, you can us...

Are St. Bernards good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they  respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including St. Bernards...

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