The St. Bernard is a giant breed that is gentle and well-natured. They are famous for their use in search and rescue operations around the world. These dogs are confident and reliable and are faithful to their owners.
St. Bernards speak with their body, which tends to wiggle entirely when they are happy. Their body mass is quite imposing, but their overall calmness and friendly smiling face makes them very approachable dogs.
St. Bernards are devoted to their families and seek affection and attention from them. When you are resting on the couch, they will try to squeeze their large frame in between you and your partner just to get close to both of you. And then you will find a huge paw on you begging for extra cuddles!
They make good guard dogs, and as they have been bred as watchdogs but also for search and rescue missions, they will be quick to take action if they feel their family is in danger. As young dogs they are full of beans and like to jump around and rumble. In middle age they get more lazy and moving seems more like hard work. Older St. Bernards prefer lazing around and enjoy extra cuddles rather than too much action.
St. Bernards make a great family dog, but due to their large size they are not recommended for families with small children. They are also not recommended for hot countries or regions because of their very thick coat.
|Health risk:||Very high|
|Life expectancy:||8-10 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||very high|