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Saint Bernard - Dog Breed Info

Apr 18, 2008
The Saint Bernard dog began as Swiss herding dogs far back into their ancestry. The Saint Bernard has been created specifically to rescue stranded travelers. This was accomplished by adding Newfoundland blood into the bloodline. Today, the very popular Saint Bernard is the result of that. A Saint Bernard is very gentle and very good with children. This beloved work dog is a popular breed because of its gentility with children. However, this breed is a good watch dog and an even better guard dog. This breed's proven temperament shows true and one could not ask for a better guard than this loyal protector from the Swiss mountains.

Since its original purpose was to rescue travelers, it also is a very good rescue dog and not just in mountainous situations. This breed is very strong and can pull a full grown man up out of the snow. They can be trusted with infants and small children as well as adults. They tend to grow quite large, so a home with a large yard will be ideal for a Saint Bernard. Exercise is a must for this gentle giant. Walking and running are two types of exercise that they enjoy.

Keeping a Saint Bernard fit includes attention to the diet. They are big eaters and the right kind of food is ideal to balance them out. Care must be taken to brush out the coat, so that hair does not get matted or clumped in any way. The coat does shed, so regular brushing of the coat will keep the coat healthy and glossy, while removing all hair that is ready to fall out. This is essential for the comfort of a Saint Bernard. Having a big coat can be very uncomfortable in the summer months, so a haircut is recommended in hotter climates.

Treat them well, and they will lavish all the love and attention that you would want. This breed is also very protective and will not hesitate to bite if someone does something that will hurt them or whoever they are watching or protecting. The loyalty of this breed says a lot about their intelligence. They are a very intelligent breed and can do a bit of thinking beyond the set problem. This breed is known for their good hearts, intelligence and loyalty. Many stranded travelers owe this breed a word of thanks for the many rescues.
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