St. Bernard

With my gentle demeanor and puppy-like face, I’m a dog that anyone can love—and there’s a lot to love! I stand 24 to 28 inches tall and can weigh 120 to 200 pounds. Luckily I’m quite calm and easygoing; I won’t tear the house down. I adore my family and am eager to please, although at my own laid-back pace. I enjoy kids but can be too big for little ones. A natural nanny and devoted worker, I will protect family from threats with a loud bark, yet I am not aggressive.

Training a very large dog is especially important; pesky puppy antics can be dangerous in a full-size St. Bernard. A long walk or yard game will meet my limited exercise needs. I do need space to stretch out, so apartment living may not be best. I’m not good in summer heat but adore a romp in the snow.

My coloring may be red with white, or white with red, in many different shades. The coat may be short, smooth, and dense or long and wavy. Both do shed. Shorthaired types can be brushed a few times a week with a curry brush or hound mitt; longhaired dogs require a pin brush. Keep a towel handy—I’m a big drooler!

Like all very large breeds I have a fairly short life span of 8 to 10 years. Major potential health issues include hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric bloat, bone cancer, and eye problems. Less common concerns are diabetes, dermatitis, lame joints, and heart problems.