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Breed origin: Switzerland
Original purpose: Guard dog, carting dog and avalanche dog that rescued travelers trapped in the snow.
AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Working
Weight: males 140 to 180 lbs;
females 110 to 160 lbs
Size: Height: males 27½ to 30 inches;
females 25½ to 28 inches
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White with red, red with white markings, or brindle patches with white markings.
7 to 10 years.
The Saint Bernard is powerful, gentle, calm, dignified, and loyal. They tend to drool, although some individuals will drool more than others. Socialization and obedience training must start early because of how big they will become and how quickly they grow. They are eager to please and respond well to training. With proper socialization and training, they are good with children and make great family pets.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
OK in apartments?
Easy to train?
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
obedience, conformation, carting, weight-pulling, drafting, tracking
Regular walks and/or play sessions.
They shed large amounts because of their size, and shed more heavily seasonally twice a year. Frequent brushing will help to minimize the shedding.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, osteosarcoma, entropion, ectropion, epilepsy, dilated cardiomyopathy, eczema, gastric dilatation volvulus.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
St. Bernard Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
St. Bernard Rescue Foundation