St. Bernard is a rescue dog. It has gained its popularity for the large body size. Another fact which has brought fame to this breed is stories of alpine rescues. The dog has its name because it was used to save people on Little St. Bernard Pass in France.
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St. Bernard Appearance
This dog is of enormous size. The biggest kinds of the breed are up to 310 pounds heavy while an average dog of this kind is around 200 pounds. Its size is somewhat around 30 inches typically. Their coat is of red and white colours. In some cases they can be of brindle and white colours. The coat itself is dense but St. Bernard with soft coat is not a rare type as well.
St. Bernard Temperament
Its dog is very patient and calm. It loves children and rarely shows its aggression to adults or other dogs. Nonetheless, it is advised to socialize this breed from early days in order to prevent it from being uncontrolled. This dog is rather friendly and will start barking reluctantly.
St. Bernard Feeding
Puppies of this breed grow rapidly and it is quite expensive to keep them growing well. However, if you try to economize on this aspect, the results can be catastrophic. Dog food of Premium quality is required. Nevertheless, mixing a tablespoon of canned food is fine. Feeding your puppy three times per day is allowed before it is four months old. When your dog is about 18 months you should avoid overeating otherwise it can develop serious problems.
St. Bernard Feeding Intelligence / Trainability
This dog is very attentive and has a good memory. It can build up cause and effect links. So, when it performs a trick, you should praise it. If the dog displays undesirable behavior, you should correct immediately in order not to lose the righ moment. They are very sensitive to verbal commands along with non-verbal ones. Occasional treats in training can be helpful. When making a command do it with calm tone of voice. The dog should understand that it is a command, not a request.
St. Bernard Health
The size of this dog along with its fast growth can lead to bones deterioration. You should provide it with enough food and exercises to prevent it. Hip or elbow dysplasia can be inherited genetically. In some cases bone cancer occurs as well. Problems with eyes also occur.
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