Dog Breed profiles

St Bernard Breed Profile

St Bernard fact file

KC Group: working
Size: x large
Good with children?: yes, with supervision
Exercise requirement: moderate
Good guard dogs?: possibly
Moulting level: high
Grooming: moderate
Jogging partner: no

One of the most recognizable, biggest and gentlest breed, not to mention one of the most expensive dogs to keep.

St Bernard Character

A gentle giant, although one that is capable of defending their owner and property. Slow thinker, steady pacer, and an amazing unity with children. Quick learners if taught kindly but can be stubborn and boisterous.

St Bernard Size

The Breed Standard stipulates the taller the better. It is essential that balance and soundness be maintained. Minimum height for dogs 75cm, bitches 70cm.

St Bernard Health

Hip Dysplasia is a big problem in the breed, but Hip Scored or Health tested parents will help choose a healthy puppy - a good breeder will have these. These are large dogs and as a consequence come with a few health issues and a lower than average lifespan. Feeding the right amount and only using food of a good quality is vital.

St Bernard Special Care

Big dog, big bills, big slobber... be prepared for what you are taking on. Early socialisation is vital as they grow so fast.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.