The St. Bernard Rescue Foundation (SRF) was founded in 1983 by a group of volunteers with experience in animal welfare work. They have been working hard since then to improve the lives of these gentle giants. The SRF’s main goal is to save all the dogs they can from euthanasia at shelters and other places where they would not get enough love or attention otherwise.
St. Bernards are very intelligent animals, but their intelligence does not mean they are stupid.
They learn quickly and are usually quite friendly towards humans when properly socialized. However, many owners don’t realize how much training it takes to train a dog well enough to keep him or her as a pet. There is no such thing as a “bad” dog; there just isn’t enough time for them all!
The SRF is a non-profit organization which relies on donations to continue its work. You can make a donation online here: (LINK REMOVED)
If you do donate, please consider making your gift to the SRF so that we may continue our lifesaving efforts for future generations of St. Bernards!
In order to be adopted into a loving home, St. Bernards need to be:
* Spayed or neutered* Up to date on shots* Gotten rid of any worms or internal parasites* Be sociable towards other dogs and people (though a little shyness is fine)
St. Bernards have large appetites, but luckily they are fairly low maintance otherwise!
They do shed a lot, so you’ll want to have a good vacuum cleaner around the house. Other than that, they love to eat and sleep.
The average lifespan of a St. Bernard is about 8 years, but many live longer than that.
It is important that you get your new companion vet care right away, as well as a good diet plan. (You can get recommendations from your breeder or the shelter workers.) Don’t forget to take your new family member in for yearly check-ups!
St. Bernards are very patient and kind with children.
They are usually too large to be seriously injured by a child’s playful antics, but you will want to keep an eye on things when your new family member is around young ones. Make sure you have plenty of time to spend with your new pet, as his or her natural gentleness can lead to loneliness if they do not receive attention.
St. Bernards are very large dogs.
Males can reach up to 200 pounds, so it is important that you make sure your home is “St. Bernard-proofed”. This means blocking off stairs (especially areas below carpets), moving breakables on high shelves, and any other alterations you feel necessary.
Despite their large size, these gentle giants were bred as rescue dogs, so they love cold weather and snow! If you adopt one, you may well find that he loves to play in the snow, and doesn’t want to come back in!
You’ll want to accompany him when he goes out to do his business, as it would be easy for him to get lost or injured.
You can learn more about the Saint Bernard from the following books:
St. Bernard by James M.
The New St. Bernard Handbook by James M.
The Saint Bernard by Franklin Abbott
St. Bernard, Guiding Light by Franklin E.
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