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Saint Bernard’s originated in Switzerland and was originally bred as a working dog to pull carts, turnspits, watch dog, herding and for helping lost travellers. This very large breed of dog has a thick coat of fur, it is also sure–footed, agile and was originally used by monks of the Saint Bernard monastery or hostel in the Swiss Alps to help patrol the snow covered terrain.

The name St. Bernard comes from a particularly dangerous pass between the Swiss and Italian Alps. It was not given to the St. Bernard dog until sometime in the 1800s, before that, they were known by a number of names, including Barry Dogs and Noble Steeds.

It is a myth that St. Bernard’s carry barrels of brandy around their necks. In reality, this would be far too cumbersome, as the St. Bernard’s search and rescue job is very precarious and therefore dangerous. In fact, numerous dogs have lost their lives trying to save injured and lost skiers.

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They are intelligent, loyal, affectionate, easy to train and considered suitable as a family pet. Having said that, it is important to ensure that you have the space and finances to care for one. It is advisable to bear in mind that St. Bernard’s grow very rapidly. Therefore, they are not really suitable for apartment living, unless you have an exceptionally large apartment. Moreover, the St. Bernard can be expensive to feed and genetic predisposition to certain illnesses means that veterinary bills may also be a consideration. They not typically territorial but they will protect its family and home if necessary.

The St. Bernard does not tend to cope well in warmer climes. It is best to avoid owning a St. Bernard if you live in a tropical climate. In fact, even a warm room can be too much for the well–insulated creature.

Saint Bernard’s weigh between 49–90kgs (110–200lbs).

Saint Bernard’s range from 63.5–76cm (25–30ins) high, up to the shoulder.

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Alternative Names of Saint Bernard’s are St. Bernard, St. Bernhardshund and Alpine Mastiff.

Coat and colours of Saint Bernard’s: The coat of Saint Bernard’s is normally dense, short and smooth and comes in a range of colours including orange, mahogany–brindle, red–brindle or white with various coloured markings

The life expectancy of this breed of dog is between 8–10 years.

The dog group for Saint Bernard’s is the Working dog breed.

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After the first year of life, dogs are considered to be adults being equivalent to 16 human years; at 2, they are equivalent to a 24 year old; at 3, they are equivalent to a 30 year old; for every year after that add 5 years to find the equivalent age of the dog.

Every breed of dog is susceptible to certain health problems and the Saint Bernard’s are no different; they have illnesses such as: Epilepsy, Entropion (The border of the eyelid turns inward against the eyeball), Hip Dysplasia or Canine Hip (abnormal development of hip joints), Gastric Torsion.

Breeding Saint Bernard’s for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century.

It is estimated that 85% of Saint Bernard’s visit a vet in a year.

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