Yesterday afternoon, we were looking at a house and found that the owners were the proud parents of an ADORABLE, 3-year-old Saint Bernard! He was HUGE, but such a sweetie. No joke...his head was about the size of a beach ball and he weighed 180lbs! Though I've been rather opposed to a Saint Bernard, I was taken back by this four legged giant. Plus, who could resist a face like that?!
They are extremely gentle and friendly and very tolerant of children. The Saint Bernard is slow moving, patient, and obedient. Extremely loyal, this breed wants to please. Since this dog is so giant, be sure to socialize it very well at a young age with other people. It is highly intelligent and easy to train, however training should begin early, while the dog is still a manageable size. The Saint Bernard is a good watchdog. Even its size is a good deterrent.
The Saint Bernard will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient. They can live outdoors, but would much rather be with their family. They have a low tolerance for hot weather, warm rooms, and cars.
A long walk each day is needed to keep the Saint Bernard in good mental and physical condition. Puppies should not have too much exercise at one time until their bones are well formed and strong. Short walks and brief play sessions are best until the dog is about two years old.
About 8-10 years