April 24, 2014

What are the pros and cons of having a Saint Bernard?

Question by kingsholto: What are the pros and cons of having a Saint Bernard? (from a puppy to adult)?
I am thinking about getting a saint bernard puppy and i was wondering if anyone had any thing to tell me before i buy her. Weather it is a positive or negitive i would love to hear it. Thnx!

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Answer by Shasta
the are cute but I can’t stand a dog that slobbers.

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  1. mcsaintbernard says:

    Pros:
    Very loving
    Easy to house break
    Like to please
    Good with children
    Need moderate exercise(no "roadwork" when they are pups)…this may be a pro or a con depending on your lifestyle…if you want a dog to go jogging with you this is not the one(I personally like their more "laid back" energy level)
    They are almost sure to draw a crowd wherever you go

    Cons:
    they drool
    they "blow coat" twice a year, with some shedding year round
    Medical care is more expensive, especially if dosages are based on weight
    they have relatively short life spans(8-10 years)
    they have their share of medical conditions that they are prone to: bloat, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, ectropion/entropion

    Do your homework. Go to the Saint Bernard Club of America website, as it can give you a tremendous amount of information. Buy from a reputable breeder. Be prepared to take them to some sort of obedience class, as they grow very quickly and a badly behaved giant dog can be a liability.
    Saint puppies are the cutest, however, remember that they do not stay little for very long…so many Saints are surrendered to rescue because people don't think that "they would get that big".
    If you are a neat freak, and are bothered by the hair and the drool, then this is definitely NOT the dog for you. If you can tolerate those type issues, then they will more than make up for these inconveniences with the amount of love and devotion they give to you.

  2. PROS:
    Gorgeous
    Great dispositions
    Friendly
    Great with children
    Uncommon

    CONS:
    Susceptible to BYBs so it's important to find a good breeder
    Large size equals rampant health problems later on
    Shorter lifespan
    Larger dogs can be harder to control
    They do drool
    They eat more

  3. selina.evans says:

    Pro..they are big enough to eat a burglar.
    Con.they are big enough to eat a burglar.

    They are beautiful and friendly dogs, very loyal and unless they are badly trained, incredibly gentle but they cost a small fortune to feed and care for, require huge amounts of exercise to stay healthy and happy and, if bored, can trash a room faster than a drunk rugby fan after a bad match! Also, they suffer from the heat in Summer and you suffer too because they shed like crazy.
    I love the breed but they are not suited to living in modern houses and apartments unless you are really close to a large park or have a vast garden..and if you have any fragile ornaments you are fond of then lock them well away! Without being in the least bit destructive by nature, such a large dog can not help knocking things over!

  4. BIG seasonal shedder

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