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Back in the 1800s when dogs were used in the Swiss Alps to save travellers who had come to grief in the snowdrifts, the most famous of these rescue dogs was Barry the Saint Bernard, who over the course of 12 years, saved over 40 lives.

Saint Bernard

A lovable St. Bernard named Sherry produced the animal world’s answer to all those kissograms delivered by scantily clad girls. She went into business in 1984 with the ‘nuzzlegram’- a huge, hairy cuddle complete with a warm, slurpy kiss and an affectionate rub from her cold, wet nose. – Martyn Lewis from “DOGS IN THE NEWS”

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It is believed that the Saint Bernard descends from Roman mastiffs brought to Switzerland during the Roman Empire.

Further developed by monks to locate travellers lost in the Swiss Alps, the dog is named for the Hospice du Grand St. Bernard.

Since the 1600s, Saint Bernards have rescued over 2,500 people. Today, Saint Bernards are still bred at the Hospice – largely as a tourist attraction.

This sad-faced giant measures at least 27 1/2 inches at the shoulder and may weigh up to 200 lbs. His thick coat is either short or medium-long in white with red markings or red with white markings. His head, neck, chest, feet, and tip of the tail are marked with white. His heavy jowls are prone to drooling.

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Photos displayed courtesy of Sara Hartley, Lionridge Kennels, Alberta

The Saint Bernard is friendly, gentle, and calm. A huge couch potato of a dog, his laid-back temperament borders on lazy. He gets along well with children and other household pets. An effective watchdog, he is too mellow to be a real guard dog. The Saint Bernard likes to be around people.

This is a large dog with a good appetite who needs plenty of space. He should live in a larger home with a good-sized, fenced backyard.

Although not inclined to vigorous activity, he nevertheless should receive daily walks to keep in shape. Obedience training is essential for puppies as they will soon grow into massive dogs whose size and strength will be hard to control.

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