St. Bernard’s are a giant, strong, muscular dog originally from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They typically weigh between 120 to 180 pounds and have either a rough or smooth coat, that comes in various combinations of colours and markings. They are friendly, welcoming, and very caring of small children. They love attention but aren't as demanding of it as some breeds- despite their large size, they do not require a high amount of exercise, and are quite satisfied curling up on the couch.
Common Health Conditions
- St Bernard’s are prone to dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which one of the heart chambers (the left ventricle) becomes enlarged. These changes affect the ability of the heart to pump blood around the body effectively and eventually result in heart failure.
- The Saint Bernard’s large and heavy size puts a strain on his bone joints, and can lead to arthritis.
- Bone cancer is 10x more common in giant dog breeds, and may have a hereditary base in Saint Bernard’s.