Takara's mom >.<: What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a st bernard?
My boyfriend and i have been thinking about it for a while and we would really like to get a st bernard, what are the advantages and disadvantages of having one? Also we have a 18 month old baby, she loves my brothers great dane, but do you think having a big dog around could be a problem?
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Answer by stilleww
you own a damn great dane!
if you can train them then you can train any dog in the world!
Answer by Laura
Big dogs CAN be great with kids, and kids can be great with dogs. It all depends on the parents/owners. You have to be able to control your pet to ensure your babies safety, while its likely nothing will happen you need to be confident you can intervene if needed.Having said that if your up for it then go for it. I love big dogs and think st bernards are great dogs.
Generally St bernards are good with kids they are slow and gentle. Make sure to teach them not to jump when they are little, they are never aware of just how big they are. While they aren't super active, they still need daily exercise. They slobber and they shed.
If you truly plan on getting this breed research their breed; ask a reputable breeder, shelter, or trainer.
Answer by *Show Breeder or NO
With an 18 month old, I'd wait. I say this because adolescent giant breed dogs are CLUMSY! They are constantly knocking things over, and I'm very afraid your child would be one of those things!! If you want a breed that big, wait until she's 4 or 5, and is able to protect herself a bit more. I'm not suggesting that the dog would do anything to hurt her purposely (with proper training, and growing up around a small child, I don't think that's a concern), but he could very easily push her down. She could fall on the edge of a table, or down the stairs. I just don't think it's safe right now!
Some disadvantages: they drool and they shed like maniacs.
Answer by Hoolagal
st. bernards are big teddy bears but the drooling is gross … if you can handle the drool and serious grooming maintenance i say go for it … a neighbour got a st. bernard puppy and he was the star of the neighbourhood he was so cute … and he was so huge at only 10 weeks, twice the size of my dog full grown if not more :O) i am also of the mindset that babies and kids are fine with dogs, but as much as the dog needs to learn boundaries, so do the children
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