St Bernard Grooming

St Bernard Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 50 – 91kg (110 – 200lbs).
Female – 50 – 91kg (110 – 200lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 63.5 – 76cm (25 – 30in).
Female – 63.5 – 76cm (25 – 30in).

Coat:
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
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
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.

Exercise Needs
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.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s 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.

Energy Level
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.

Protective Instincts
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 don’t 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.
Proper Saint Bernard grooming ensures the dog presents an attractive physical appearance and is also a part of maintaining good health.  It is best to gently introduce grooming activities while your Saint Bernard is young as they will quite easily come to accept the practice as a normal routine.  This breed can have either a dense, short, smooth coat or a dense, long, rough coat.  Generally, weekly brushing keeps either type of coat looking neat, although these dogs shed quite heavily at certain times of the year, meaning more attention is required.  During the shedding season it is best to brush your dog every day to prevent matting in the fur and hair accumulation around the house.  It is best to use a slicker or bristle brush when St Bernard grooming to ensure you deal with the coat in the best way possible.

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.

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