Saint Bernard Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the Saint Bernard is that they are gentle, friendly, slow moving, patient, obedient, loyal, intelligent, and are eager to please.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is excellent for children, despite its massive size.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of dog is around 8 to 10 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 110 to 200 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to wobbler syndrome, heart problems, skin problems, hip dysplasia, entropion, twisted stomach, and bloat. Feed three small meals per day instead of one large meal.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience. Shedding is average, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo dweller. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. However, with this dog, they do like to sleep inside with the family at night, but should be allowed to romp and play during the day.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay upwards of around $800 or more for this breed of dog.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected. They will however, protect their owners if they feel they are in danger.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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