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Saint Bernard: characteristics of the big dog


The Saint Bernard is a meek family dog. He is intelligent and capable of learning. The following properties are also characteristic of the great Swiss. The Saint Bernard is a typical rescue and watchdog - Image: Shutterstock / Fedor Selivanov

The Saint Bernard is a typical rescue and watchdog - Image: Shutterstock / Fedor Selivanov

The admittedly somewhat hackneyed sounding description "gentle giant" describes the characteristics of the Saint Bernard quite perfectly. Despite its impressive size, the four-legged friend is very good-natured and patient. The dog therefore feels very comfortable in a large family with children. Despite some elements of a stubborn, his upbringing, due to the calm nature, usually turns out to be uncomplicated.

Saint Bernard: passionate rescue dog

Since the 17th century, the monks have kept Saint Bernards as mountain dogs on the Great St. Bernhard in Switzerland. They accompanied and protected them - and because of their very good sense of orientation, they acted primarily as rescue dogs in snow and fog. This activity complies with the strong protective instinct of large animals. They are very alert and have a strong sense of danger. Even today they are still used as avalanche detection dogs. St. Bernard dogs are also very popular as family dogs - and rightly so.

Saint Bernard: Gentle giant from Switzerland

Characteristics: Intelligent and capable of learning

The four-legged friends are not only good-natured, reliable and helpful, they are also very smart. This intelligence combined with a pronounced ability to learn makes St. Bernard easy to educate and good candidates for dog sports such as agility or obedience training. Such tasks correspond very well to the characteristics and nature of large dogs.


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