Saint Bernards were originally bred as working dogs in the Swiss and Italian Alps, making them loyal, intelligent, and hardworking animals that make excellent family companions due to their calm demeanors as well as their loving dispositions. These intelligent canines make excellent family pets due to their gentle demeanors and protective instincts.

They make great watchdogs, and their large size makes them ideal for homes with children or other pets. Just be mindful of their tendency to bark excessively and don’t let them run off into the street untethered.

These dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion, so exercise them lightly during hot weather or provide shade and water all day long. Furthermore, these pups may develop bloat, so be on the lookout for signs such as abdominal swelling, pain, excess salivation, and restlessness.

Their paws are vulnerable to picking up dirt and mud when playing outdoors or indoors, which could cause damage. Therefore, it is recommended that they clean their feet regularly – particularly after exercise or play.

Saints have pendulous ears, like many large breeds, which can develop ear infections due to yeast and bacteria growing in moist, warm conditions. To avoid such issues, thoroughly dry the ears after bathing or swimming in order to prevent damage.

This dog requires regular brushing to eliminate tangles, loose fur, and dander. Weekly brushing is especially important during the two shedding seasons: spring and fall.

Saint Bernards typically sport either a smooth or long coat with either red, brindle (subtle tiger stripes), or brown-yellow colors. Some white is acceptable but not essential.

Though smaller dogs, Great Danes still require about an hour of daily walks or interactive games such as fetch, tug, nose work, and other canine sports. They enjoy these activities because it gives them a chance to interact with people and other canines.

They need to exercise their jaws and teeth, so chew toys or training treats are ideal for them. Furthermore, home dental care including brushing a few times a week can be beneficial for them.

Saint Bernards are large and muscular dogs that can live for 15 years or more with proper care. Unfortunately, their enormous size may lead them to develop genetic disorders and diseases like arthritis.

Arthritis: This bone-eroding condition affects the joints of Saint Bernards’ hips and elbows, causing pain, stiffness, lameness, and difficulty jumping. Prevention is key; ask your vet about joint health supplements and weight control options available to you.

Osteoarthritis: Another common canine joint disorder is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the head of the femur rubs against its hip socket. A responsible breeder will let you know if your pup is at risk for this condition and your veterinarian can suggest a treatment plan.

Other orthopedic issues associated with a Saint’s large frame include knee dysplasia, elbow luxation, and hip dysplasia. To reduce their chances of developing these conditions, keep your pet at an appropriate weight, provide them with joint health supplements, and feed them properly.