Breed At A Glance: Saint Bernard - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Saint Bernard

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    Saint Bernard Breed Overview

    • Lifespan: Average 8-10 years
    • Size: Giant
    • Maintenance Level: Medium
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Affectionate, Protective, Gentle
    • Friendliness: High
    • Barking Tendency: Low
    • Coat Colours: Typically white with red, brown, or brindle markings

    Best For:

    • Families with children
    • Owners who have space for a large dog


    • Massive build with a muscular and powerful body
    • Huge head, small muzzle, and a notable drooling tendency
    • Two coat types: short-haired and long-haired


    • Known for being extremely affectionate and protective
    • Calm and patient, especially with children
    • Gained popularity with the "Beethoven" movie series

    Care Guide:

    • Grooming: Weekly brushing, more frequent during shedding seasons
    • Training: Responsive to training; early socialisation is beneficial
    • Diet & Nutrition: Should be fed a diet appropriate for giant breeds
    • Exercise: Moderate; enjoys walks and hikes
    • Ideal Environment: Best suited for a home with a yard


    • Prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, eyelid entropion, osteosarcoma, lymphoma, and wobbler syndrome
    • Work with a breeder who performs health screenings

    Nutritional Considerations:

    • May require joint supplements and omega-3 fatty acids starting at 2 years old
    • Feed a balanced diet appropriate for giant breeds

    Behaviour & Training Tips:

    • Gentle demeanour makes them excellent family pets
    • Low prey drive; good around other animals if socialised early
    • Minimal barking but can dig, indicative of their past as rescue dogs

    Grooming Guide:

    • Brushing once or twice a week; daily during shedding seasons
    • Bathe as needed, typically infrequently
    • Regular nail trimming required

    Considerations for Pet Parents:

    • Ideal for families with enough space for a giant breed
    • Require companionship and may develop separation anxiety if left alone
    • Not suited for apartment living due to their size
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, known for being affectionate and gentle with children
    • Intelligence: Intelligent and trainable
    • Exercise Needs: Moderate; enjoys walks but not overly energetic
    • Social Needs: Thrives on human companionship, enjoys being part of family activities
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