Saint Bernards – The Giant Alpine Rescuers in an Apartment

The Saint Bernard is giant. They’re big, they stand more than 25 inches high and weigh up to 200 pounds. They have a massive, wide head with a short muzzle and a seemingly sad face. They have a large nose, with wide, black nostrils.

Saints seem fluffy and they are, but they are also muscular and powerful. They have a very dense coat that comes in various combinations of tan, red, brindle and black markings on a white base. There are two types of Saint Bernard dogs, rough or smooth coated. The difference is that rough-coated dogs have longer hair and they also have it on their thighs and legs.

Saint Bernard temperament

Saint Bernard with Saint Bernard PuppySaint Bernards are famous for alpine rescues even though today they aren’t used that much in alpine rescues. The breed is very gentle and friendly, and highly tolerant towards tease from children.

Still, as any very large dog, he must be socialized very well during puppyhood with people and other animals. Imagine if you’re trying to pull him near other people when he’s over 150 pounds. Of course it makes sense to start when the dog is still of manageable size.

While they are very gentle and careful with children they may knock them over with their large size. They must be very friendly towards strangers, otherwise they could never be involved in alpine rescues. They are not aggressive, at least not like guard dogs but they may bark at strangers and their formidable size can easily deter intruders.

Saint Bernards care and maintenance in apartments

St. Bernards drool after meals and when they drink water. They can also wheeze and snore and don’t have much tolerance for warm environments. Hot weather and cars are rather annoying for them.

Their coat is easy to groom regardless of type. Use a bristle brush and only bathe with soap whenever you deem necessary. Don’t use shampoo since it can strip the oil from the coat. The breed sheds twice a year.

Saint Bernard activities and health related issues

Saint Bernard PuppyToday Saint Bernards don’t participate in alpine rescues much, but they do take part in a variety of sports such as weight puling and carting. They don’t require too much exercise but they need a long daily walk.

Take care not to exercise puppies too much. Considering the dog’s fast growth rate he can have serious bone problems if he doesn’t get proper food and exercise. Too much exercise means one long session. It’s better to have smaller sessions but more often. Also, they are prone to bloat, so feed them smaller meals instead of one large meal.

Saint Bernards adapt ok to apartments given enough exercise. The breed is very smart and learns quickly. They are extremely loyal and enjoy play time very much. They like to learn tricks in order to please their leader. They want to be told what to do, so be a good pack leader and do so.

They live an average of 10 years because they are prone to many health problems in the later stages of their life. One thing to ask about when you’re looking for a puppy is to inquire about epilepsy and seizures. Ask about the puppy’s parents as well as their parents and see if there is any record. If there is, than stay away and look for another breeder.

Saint Bernards are gentle, loving, family-oriented dogs. Huge in size and heart, they aren’t aggressive towards strangers. On the contrary, they have been great alpine rescue dogs for many generations. As long as you provide good care and exercise the Saint Bernard is happy in an apartment.

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