St Bernard Grooming
St Bernard Breed Profile
Male 50 91kg (110 200lbs).
Female 50 91kg (110 200lbs).
Male 63.5 76cm (25 30in).
Female 63.5 76cm (25 30in).
Two types short haired with coarse, smooth outer and profuse under long haired with medium outer and profuse under.
Average Life Span:
8 10 years.
Average Litter Size:
6 8 puppies.
St Bernard Fast Facts
|Ease To Train|
|Behaviour Around Children|
|Relationship With Other Pets|
|Loyalty To Owner|
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.
Depending on your dogs coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.
Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.
Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs dont get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.
Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Bathing is also a normal part of Saint Bernard grooming, but is only required three to four times a year, unless your dog encounters something unpleasant. Brush the coat thoroughly prior to bathing in order to remove all shedding hair, as any tangles will only be made worse by the water. Grooming offers a good chance to give your dog an overall check-up and this is the perfect time. Check their skin for anything unusual such as irritations, red patches or flaky skin and see your vet if you have reason to be concerned. When bathing your animal you should only use shampoo and conditioner that has been formulated for dogs as this will be much better for their skin. It is best to clean the ears after bathing so that no water gets in the ear canal, completing this part of St Bernard grooming.
There are other aspects of St Bernard grooming that you can undertake, or you can get them done by a professional groomer. Nail trimming is often something that dog owners dread but with the latest nail grinders the task is fairly simple. Electric grinders are much easier to use and are often preferred by dogs. Still, an element of caution is required as you do not want to cut the quick, the blood vessel within the nail. Therefore, trim the nail gradually and check how far you have gone each time the nail should comfortably sit against the ground. However, if you are uncomfortable with this aspect of St Bernard grooming, take your dog to a professional.