Good with Kids:
At the beginning of the 18th century the St. Bernard was used as a rescue dog, working from hospice founded by Archdeacon Bernard de Menthon. Rescue work was a well-established part of this breeds use, although a hundred years earlier the hospice appears not to have possessed any dogs.
Country of Origin:
Giant dog breed
The St. Bernard is a good-humored, friendly, and equable dog. They are marvelous with children, loyal to its handler, careful, and not given to barking. It will defend you and your possessions if necessary although this is not its primary role.
Working dog breed
The shoulder-height is minimum of 70cm (27.5in) for dogs and 65cm (25.5in) for bitches.
This weight depends upon the height and build of the dog but should be at least 60kg (132lb).
St. Bernards gets along fine with children, and other dogs and household animals normally present no problems.
St. Bernards comes in both short-hair and long-hair. The color is red with white or white with red, or white with streaked patches. The St, Bernard must have white legs, a white chest, and white tip to his tail, a white blaze, and a white neck patch or collar.
Groom with brush or comb every day to remove loose hairs. Keep the ears clean and check the eyes of dogs that have drooping eyelids regularly.
Young St. Bernards must be taught early not to pull on the lead because this will be hard to teach them later. In common with all mastiff types, the St. Bernard requires considerable understanding in its training from you. Ensure also that they are not too physically stretched in the growing stage.
The head of a St. Bernard is massive and round with an expression of benevolence, dignity and intelligence. The muzzle has well-developed dewlap. The body is broad and muscular throughout, set on strong, well-boned legs. The gait should be easy and unhurried.