Saint Bernard dogs

What is the basic nature of Saint Bernard dogs?

Saint Bernards are one of the largest dog breeds and were bred to be rescue dogs, rescuing people out of bad weather conditions and situations. They have an incredible ability to sniff out people who have been injured in the snowy mountains of the Alpines. They are thick-coated and can handle harsh, cold weather conditions and have the endurance to do a long day’s work in the cold. They are also used for hunting and watchdogs. Over the years, more and more people wanted to keep them as house pets and they began to merge into homes to be enjoyed as part of the family. These dogs aren’t for everyone, and they are especially not for small homes or apartments. This breed needs room to roam. It’s best if you know about the breed before embarking on taking one home for you and your family

 

What are the feeding tips for Saint Bernard dogs?

Over-feeding a large dog, like a St. Bernard, can be dangerous for them. These types of dogs tend to overeat, if given the opportunity, and this can lead to bloat, a serious stomach condition. You will want to be strict with their diet and monitor what they eat. They need a very high quality dog food, and typically, a full-grown St. Bernard will eat between 6 and 12 cups of food a day, which should be spread out into separate meals. Never give them all their food in one feeding a day. This will surely encourage Bloat to happen. Ask your breeder or the vet how much food your particular puppy should be getting each day and how often you should increase his intake.

 

What are grooming tips for saint Bernard dogs?

Your St. Bernard won’t require a ton of grooming, but here is what he will need. His eyes should be kept cleaned and wiped daily. They tend to get leaky eyes, which can cause visual disturbances and stains around the fur. They do not get real dirty, so regular baths are not required, but occasionally they will need a good bath. These are shedders and in order to help keep their fur free of loose, shedding fur, brush through their layers regularly to help reduce shedding. Clip their toenails regularly to prevent problems with their feet and trouble walking. Check their teeth on a regular basis to make sure they look clean and healthy, and wipe them down or offer your pup a dental cleaning bone or stick.

 

What are exercise tips for saint Bernard dogs?

Yes, all animals require exercise and so will your St. Bernard. Although these are somewhat working dogs, they are not extremely active, although puppies will be puppies, and they want to play. It is important they get exercise and playtime every day, however, you do not want to over exercise your pup as his bones are still growing and growing fast. It can be hard on their muscles and bones to get too much exercise. After 18 months of age, you can work your dog a little harder and have fun playing more.