The Saint Bernard is a very talented breed, famous for their rescue work in harsh, cold, and deadly conditions after avalanches in the Alp Mountains. They are very intelligent and trainable. They are caring, lovable, and extremely easy going. They do very well with children and enjoy being with their human family.
Very large in size, St. Bernards grow to be 100 to 200 pounds. Males are usually larger than females. Due to their large size, training should begin while the dog is still a manageable size. The owner needs to be able to place dominance over the dog.
St. Bernards are usually okay with apartment living, providing sufficient exercise is given. As a puppy (until about 2), short walks will do. As this breed matures, longer walks will be needed to keep the animal fit both physically and mentally.
Brush coat regularly. Bathe only when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. The breed is a seasonal shedder (sheds twice a year).
St Bernards are estimated to live 8 to 10 years.