They originated in the area of the Alps in Swtizerland. They were bred as farm dogs to pull carts, and rescue dogs for travelers on what is known now as The Great St. Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy. Read More
The St. Bernard is classified as a member of the Working Group by the Amarican Kennel Club. Adults can weigh between 120lbs - 180lbs.
Adapted to cold temperatures, the St. Bernard has a dense warm coat. Varieties include long or smooth coats. Read More
The St. Bernard is often called a gentle giant, as they are good with kids and docile as an adult. However, training can be difficult due to their stubbornness. Early and consistant training is key. Read More
Due to their size, St. Bernards are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They can also develop entropion, a defect with the eye. Read More
Grooming & Maintenance
Grooming requirements depends on the legnth of their coat. Smooth coats should to be brushed once a week, while long coats require more grooming. Reqirements also include care of the nails, ears and teeth. Maintenance includes housing, feeding and exercise. Read More
Where to find a reputable breeder and the questions you should be asking. Read More
This web site was created by: Susan Nightingale and Stephanie Wheeler, Veterinary Technician students at Sheridan College, September 2012.