i have an odd question for you all who have had these st. bernards in the past. is there anything negative that they tend to have problems with down the road as far as how they act in every day life?
on all these web sites all they ever tell you is how awesome and great each breed is. i just need to know so that i can have a clue what to look for in the future before i invest alot of money in a dog. tonia
Bernards can have hip, elbow, joint problems, eye, heart ect. They have a shorter life span, like all giant breeds. They Drool and require TONS on grooming. You need to make sure parents have excellent tempraments.
The best thing I have found, is when you are really interested in a breed, call several breeders. Ask them about the health, personality, gentic issues, health guarentee, do they show, how many litters a year, ect. Write all of your questions down, and ask the same questions to a different breeders. Dont tell them you are looking for a puppy, say you are interested in the breed, and doing your homework first. Good breeders smile apon that. People have different opinions of their breed, and if they are really into breeding to better the breed, they will talk forever. If they don't want to anwser questions, right them off and try another. I feel it is best way to find info.
They have quite a few bone problems, growing pains, and very short lives. Slober is a problems, and you should make sure that were ever you decide to get a dog from they do all their health testing. Research the breed on line. Pay more for a good, or pay out the rear for health problems later. Good luck
We have a five year old Saint named Frida. She is 5 years old and has epilepsy. She takes meds twice a day. Other than that, she is in great health. We rescued her from a shelter where she had been for quite a few months. A lot of people didn't want to take her because of her epiplepsy but just like in humans, it can be controlled.
The only thing that seems to be somewhat of a problem, or should I say, a little unpleasant is the drool. Any given moment there are two six inch strings of drool coming out each side of her mouth. It then drops on the floor if we don't use a "drool rag" (we keep a few around the house) to wipe it off.
We have a 14 month old son and she is great with him. He litterally climbs over her and she doesn't do a thing.
All in all - Saints are great - the size of them can take a little getting used to. Its like having a mini pony in your house.