Dog Breeds

Saint Bernards

Saint Bernard

Photo curtesy of Mike & Becky Conway

Description: One of the "Giant Breeds", Saint Bernards are powerful, strong and muscular with a sad looking expression. A faithful, gentle, and kindly breed, they love children. Generations of service seemed to have stamped the "rescuing instinct" upon their character. Because they are among the largest of dogs, they need plenty of space and plenty of food.. Trained well, Saint Bernards can be affectionate, laid back dogs who will protect your home.

Other Names: St. Bernhardshund, Alpine Mastiff

Saint Bernard Height: 24 - 28 inches

Saint Bernard Weight: 110- 200 lbs.

Saint Bernard Colors: Orange, mahogany-brindle, red-brindle or white with patches on the body in any of these smooth colors.

Temperament: Tranquil, benevolent.
With Children: Yes, they get along well with children.
With Pets: Yes, especially if raised with them.
Special Skills: Search and rescue dog and family pet

Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low

Care and Exercise: Comb or brush the Saint Bernard frequently, bathe only when necessary with a mild soap. Considerable shedding twice a year. Pay special attention to keeping the eyes clean. Remember the Saint Bernard drool excessively. Daily short, regular walks are better than long sessions.
Training: Saint Bernards must receive obedience training as a puppy because of their tremendous size as an adult. They must be train to not pull on a leash when young.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - High

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Medium
Living Environment: Apartments should not be considered. A house with a large backyard is preferred. Saint Bernards need people in their life. An owner should also be a patient, confident leader who prefers a lazy, friendly, slow-thinking pet.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bone problems, heart defects, short life span.

Life Span: 8 Years
Litter Size: 6 - 8

Country of Origin: Switzerland
History: Developed in the High Swiss Alps by the monks who lived there the Saint Bernards was used to helped locate lost travelers. Various theories have been presented to the origin of the breed but most say they are a descendant of the large Mastiff-type dogs that were brought to the area by the Romans. The most famous Saint Bernard was a dog called Berry who in the early 1800's rescued a small boy and carried him to safety. This Saint Bernard then went on to rescue more than forty people. Berry's body is now preserved in the Natural History Museum in Berne. In 1830 the short-coated Saint Bernards were crossed with the Newfoundland resulted in the long-haired Saint Bernards.

First Registered by the AKC: 1885
AKC Group: Working Group
Class: Working
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB), UKC


North Central South Dakota


Mike & Becky Conway

Conway's Saints


Here at the Conway Ranch our dogs are gentle and friendly.
Each puppy recieves alot of TLC from all the members of our family. We have both smooth (short haired) and rough coats (long haired). Before a puppy goes to it's new home they are vet checked, wormed and recieve their first set of shots. PLEASE remember if you are looking to buy a cute little Saint Bernard puppy that they do grow up to be BIG dogs.


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