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Bred for rescue, this huge working dog is a hero dog both in Switzerland and Italy. The Saint Bernard earned its fame due to its large size and through tales of its rescues. Discover more about our Saint Bernard puppies for sale below!
The Saint Bernard breed originates from Switzerland. Native dogs of the Alps were crossed with Mastiffs to create the Saint Bernard. Then they were called the Alpine Cattle Dog. The Saint Bernard was named after Arch deacon Bernard who founded his hospice at a pass which was also named after him.
The hospice made it easier for people to cross the pass and the Saint Bernard dogs were used by monks to protect the grounds. The location of the monastery built the dogs into a breed that can survive in the cold. When the Saint Bernard became popular in other countries, their type began to change.
Crossbreeding made them taller and thinner. While some of these dogs are still at the hospice in Switzerland, they are no longer used to aid monks at the pass. They are now a reminder of the hospice history.
Saint Bernard’s heart is as huge as it is. Despite its big size, it is a sweet, patient and gentle dog breed. They love adults and children alike. The only threat they pose to little kids is knocking them over or involuntarily stepping on them. The Saint Bernard is sweet and affectionate. Socialization from an early age is important to expose them to new people, animals, and new environments.
Saint Bernard is best kept indoors. They are prone to heat strokes so keeping them outside permanently would be bad for them. They are also companion animals and they thrive when living close to people. Though they are big dogs, when trained they can live inside a house without destroying any properties. It is important that they are taken outside at least once a day to exercise.
Though Saint Bernard doesn’t need too much exercise, it is necessary that they get enough to prevent obesity. They are big dogs and carrying extra weight can affect their joints, leading to arthritis. At least 30 minutes of exercise daily is enough for the breed. Note that this breed is prone to heatstroke so exercises are best done at night. If you want to take it on a walk during the day, ensure it’s a short walk and take some water along. Also, pay attention to it for any signs of exhaustion.
Regular grooming is important to keep a Saint Bernard healthy. Brushing is required two to three times a week. If your dog grows mats on its thighs or ears, apply a detangler solution to straighten out the mat. Baths should be carried out monthly and outdoors because of their size. During the winter, it is best to bathe them indoors. Their teeth should be brushed at least twice a week and their nails should be trimmed monthly. It is also important that you clean their ears weekly.
Our Saint Bernard puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country.
The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Saint Bernard puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.