St. Bernard

KC Pedigree, Giant

Fluff monster

Not good for first time owners

The iconic mountain rescue dog of the Swiss Alps was named after the monk who founded a hospice to care for travellers in the 10th Century. It was Victorian artist Edwin Landseer who introduced the image of a St Bernard with a cask of brandy on his collar.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Fans of the Beethoven films who have plenty of space for a giant dog in their homes.

Not the best for ...

Anyone who doesn't fancy being slobbered and drooled over regularly.

Aliases

Saint Bernard

Cross between

None

Origin

Switzerland

Size

Giant
So big people will stop and take photos.

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Double trouble!
There she blows. Dense undercoat that could stuff a mattress when you start combing it out.

Shedding

Fluff monster
Buy shares in Dyson - tell people you are wearing mohair if embarrassed

Life expectancy

7 years

Good first dog?

Maybe

Trustpilot

Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

Featured in
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Evening Standard
BBC Radio 4
Pet Gazette

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