Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards are one of the largest dog breeds, weighing anywhere from 140 to 260 pounds. They are best known as the big swiss alp rescue dog.
Saint Bernard Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


25-27 Inches


140-260 Lbs.


8-10 Years

Saint Bernard Information

The Saint Bernard is a large dog breed from the Italian and Swiss Alps. They were bred to be rescue dogs, and are still used for that purpose in many mountain regions today.

Saint Bernards are one of the largest dog breeds, weighing anywhere from 140 to 260 pounds.

Loyal and gentle giants, Saint Bernards are known for their ability to bond closely with their human families. These lovable pups make great family dogs, but their large size is not suited to homes with small children or other pets.

Exercise Needs

A daily walk is sufficient for the Saint Bernard.

Despite their size, they are relatively inactive indoors and do best in a home with at least an average-sized yard.

Saint Bernards enjoy cold weather and romping and playing in the snow.


Basic obedience training is a must for the Saint Bernard.

These dogs are intelligent and eager to please, but their size can make them challenging to train.

Socialization is also essential for the Saint Bernard. Because of their size and strength, it’s important to start early training and socialization.

If not properly trained and socialized, the Saint Bernard can become destructive.

Health Issues

The Saint Bernard is generally a healthy breed, but like all breeds, they’re susceptible to certain health conditions.

Some of the most common health problems seen in Saint Bernards include hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, and heart conditions.

The best way to ensure your Saint Bernard stays healthy is to buy from a reputable breeder who can provide health clearances for the parents.


The Saint Bernard has a thick, double coat that sheds seasonally.

Brushing a few times a week will help to control the shedding and keep the coat healthy.

Saint Bernards are heavy shedders, so be prepared for extra vacuuming during shedding season.

Groomers should trim the Saint Bernard’s nails regularly.

Breed Identification


White With Red, Red Or Brindle With White; White Must Appear On Chest, Feet, Tail Tip, Noseband



Breed Care


More than once a week


Up to 1 hour per day


Cruciate Ligament Injury, Osteochondrosis of the Shoulder, Cardiomyopathy, Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion Panosteitis

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