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Understanding and Training a St. Bernard

St Bernard

Known as a gentle giant, the St. Bernard is also a powerful, courageous breed that must be treated with respect. Obedience train with patience and a lot of understanding and praise, avoiding harsh treatment at all costs.

In addition, this is a deep, slow thinking dog that is calm, steady & sensible, but also naturally protective. A well balanced St. Bernard is accustomed to people and is embraced as an important member of the family, under strong leadership and guidance.

Valued for their superior noses & strength, the downside is that they can be problematic to walk. Teaching a loose lead or walk to heel command must be learned early, and revisited and reinforced often.

The benevolent side of the St. Bernard may resist regular exercise, therefore it is necessary to exercise patience, yet still exercise daily, regardless of whether it seems wanted. The St. Bernard is good humoured at heart and will return the appreciation with affection and loyalty.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: St Bernard

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 110 - 200 lbs (50 - 91 kg); 61 - 71 cm
  • General Temperament: Kind, Steady & Benevolent
  • General Description: A powerful, deep, slow thinking dog that requires equal amounts of understanding & patience with the reward of steadfast affection & loyalty.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

The St. Bernard shares the original mastiff stock introduced to the Alps around 2,000 years ago. The breed earned the name, look and reputation known today closer to 1,000 years ago as a rescue dog at a hospice monastery near St. Bernard's Pass - the often dangerous Alpine pass connecting Switzerland and Italy.


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