Non-sporting Breeds

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 27 in (69cm) Bitch: 23 in (64cm)
Weight: 110-200 lb (48.5-90kg)
Coat: Dense, short, smooth, and lying close to body
Color: Orange, mahogany-brindle, red-brindle, or white, with patches on body in any of these colors; white blaze on face, and white on muzzle, collar, chest, forelegs, feet, and end of tail; black shadings on face and ears

The Saint Bernard is a gentle giant, despite being descended from the fierce Molossus dogs of ancient Rome. It is named after the medieval Hospice of St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps, where it became famous for rescuing travelers and climbers. Prior to 1830, all Saint Bernards were short-coated, but in that year Newfoundland blood was introduced in an attempt to give the breed added size and vitality. As a result, the modern Saint Bernard may be long- or short-haired. True to its past, the Saint Bernard is intelligent, eminently trainable, loves children, and is a kindly dog. Like many heavyweights, the breed should not be given too much exercise in the first year of life, with short regular walks being better than long ones. It needs daily brushing and requires generous quantities of food. It also slobbers. Sadly, like the Great Dane, this lovable, large dog has only a limited lifespan.
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