Function: draft, search and rescue
Friendly by nature. Temperament calm to lively; watchful.
Utilisation: Companion, watch and farm dog.
for: Experienced handlers & families.
They drool a lot.
The St Bernard can have quite a short lifespan, 6 years not being
uncommon. The correct diet and regular health check-ups will, however,
prolong their lives, in which case they can live to 10 or 11 years.
Males: 70 cm to 90 cm
Bitches: 65 cm to 80 cm
Orange , brindle, red/brindle, all with white patches.
Short-haired variety: Topcoat dense, smooth, close-lying
and coarse. Plenty of undercoat. Thighs have slight breeches. Tail
covered with dense hair.
Long-coated variety: Topcoat plain, of medium length with plenty
of undercoat. Short hair on the face and ears. Hair over the haunches
and the croup usually somewhat wavy. Front legs feathered. Thighs
with good breeches. Bushy tail.
Appearance: There are two varieties of the St Bernard;
Short-haired variety (smooth coat). Long-haired variety (Rough coat).
Both varieties are of considerable size and of impressive appearance.
They have a balanced, powerful, sturdy, muscular body with an impressive
head and an alert facial expression.