Saint Bernards are very large, powerful, muscular dogs. Coat colors include red and white, brown and white, and brindle and white. Some dogs have dark masks over their eyes.
Black and White Saint Bernard
There are some Saint Bernards that don’t have any red or brown on their coat. Instead, they are only black and white. It is believed that they are bred for color; that’s why various kennel organizations strongly condemn them.
Eyes are medium in size and dark brown in color. They are set moderately deep and more to the front of the skull than the sides.
Saint Bernards come in two coat types: shorthaired and longhaired. The shorthaired Saint has a dense, smooth coat. His longhaired brother has a medium-length coat that is slightly wavy. Either coat type can be white with red or red with white.
Saint Bernards are highly intelligent and with the right socialisation and training can grow up to be good family pets. Because they’re so relaxed and calm, they can be great with people of all ages.
Ask a Breeder
The best way to identify a purebred Saint Bernard is to have a Saint Bernard breeder look at the dog. Breeders are specialists in the breed and will be able to tell you whether or not your dog is purebred. Many of them will be able to tell you right away.
English Mastiff. This calm giant is almost as famous as the St. Bernard. He is famous for his huge build (anywhere from 70-110 kilos, or 150-240 pounds), his massive head, his good nature, and his black mask. The Mastiff may not be the tallest giant breed, but he is definitely the biggest.
The Newfie looks a lot like the St. Bernard, particularly when he sports the multicolored coat. He is so similar in appearance and personality that the monks in the Swiss Alps mated the Newfie and the St. Bernard in the hope of giving their puppies warmer coats.
They have desirable white and black markings on their body, which contrasts with the rest of their fur. As is the case with many other dog breeds, a Saint Bernard can change color as it grows older, but these changes will more likely be subtle and not as drastic.
As the founder and abbot of the Abbey of Clairvaux, St. Bernard (1091-1153) was centrally responsible for the early expansion of the Cistercian Order throughout Europe. Tens of thousands heard his powerful preaching, and he personally attracted and helped many hundreds of men to follow a call to monastic life.
Saint Bernards can be found in two coat types: shorthaired and longhaired. The shorthaired coat is smooth but dense. The hair is slightly bushy on the thighs, and the tail is covered with long, dense hair that becomes shorter toward the tip. The longhaired coat is slightly wavy but never curly or shaggy.
Yes, Saint Bernards do shed, and they especially become heavy shedders during the spring and autumn seasons. While long-haired Bernards may tend to shed more than their short-haired counterparts, you can still expect both coat types to drop hair about your house all year round.
Border collie. According to The Intelligence of Dogs, which ranks 131 dog breeds in terms of their relative intelligence, the border collie is the smartest dog breed known to man.
Some individuals, especially males, are willful and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Some Saint Bernard males are also dominant or aggressive toward other male dogs.
Best known for projectile drooling, Saint Bernards are at risk of stench when their face and neck collect too much slobber. Additionally, a thick double coat and active outdoor lifestyle means regular brushing is a necessity.
They are also fiercely protective of those they love. Their intense desire to please their owners usually makes them easy to train and ideal house protectors.
St. Bernards are generally known for being gentle giants and are one of the world’s most beloved breeds. Yet, the dogs are also very powerful and extremely muscular, with a strong bite, and even dogs that are not generally aggressive can bite if they feel threatened or territorial.
The English Mastiff is officially the world’s biggest dog breed, weighing as much as 200 pounds. According to the Guinness Book of Records, an English Mastiff dog called Zorba weighed in at 142.7kg and stood 27 inches high in 1981. Impressive!
A male Saint Bernard can get up to 180 pounds and is known for being extremely protective, according to the American Kennel Club. It’s massive size and muscular physique is why it makes the list of strongest breeds. The Saint Bernard also makes for an excellent family dog.
The Boxer is a medium to large pup that has a short coat of brown, black, and white, making them a tricolor breed. They got their name because they were once used to bait and fight bulls and other dogs.
St. Bernard vs Bernese Mountain Dog: Height
Both canines are quite tall; the Bernese Mountain Dog is between 22 and 27 inches tall. Saint Bernard stands approximately 27 inches tall, with males standing 28-30 inches tall and females standing 26-30 inches tall.
A St. Bernard named Benedictine holds the world record for the Heaviest Dog Ever. Benedictine, who displaced Zorba as the heaviest dog of all time, is said to have weighed 162 kilograms (357 pounds).
Puppies that are born black can definitely change to other colors as they grow older, depending on their coat genetics. Not all puppies will change colors, but certain breeds (or mixes of those breeds) will have genetics that causes their adult coat to appear different than their puppy coat.
We start to change color somewhere between 6 and 18 months old. Our final color is anywhere from a light silver blue to dark slate blue. Our puppy coat had a different texture than our adult coat too. The puppy coat was more open and softer in texture.
While the adult coat is darker than the puppy coat in many breeds, there are those in which the adult coat is lighter. While the age at which the puppy coat sheds varies by breeds, most puppies lose their original coats by the age of six months.