Breed of the Month: The Saints Go Marching…

Saint BernardHailing from Switzerland, the Saint Bernard (aka Alpine Mastiff) has been bred by Bernadine monks for draft and rescue work since the 1600s.

As any Saint Bernard owner will tell you, these gentle giants are loving, loyal, and great with families. They tend to be laid back and moderately easy to train, especially if started at a young age. They aren’t overly protective but are eager to please their family members.

If you are looking for a low-maintenance dog, a Saint Bernard may not be the pup for you. They do need daily physical activity and are attention-loving dogs. While they come in short- and long-coat varieties, all require a good amount of grooming. Their tails and legs are strong and substantial. Their flew on the lower jaw can cause them to be droolers, so it is good to be aware of the potential rag-duty you may need to serve when you take them out to public spaces or other people’s homes.

Because of their size and rapid growth as pups, they can succumb to hip and elbow dysplasia as well as heart, skin, and eye issues. This is one breed where great food can be a life lengthener for sure.

If you are looking for more information on these dogs and to pursue the option of rescuing these amazing dogs, check out http://www.saintrescue.org/illinois.htm

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