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St. Bernard

A real good-doer (other names: St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner, Alpine Mastiff)

St. Bernard
origin:Switzerland
life expectancy:9-11 years
classification:Mastiff
height:61 to 70 cm
weight:50 to 91 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The St. Bernard Dog is a giant and ancient breed of dog developped by the monks of the Hospice built at Great St. Bernard Pass by St Bernard de Menthon in 1049 as a refuge for travelers and pilgrims. Great St. Bernard Pass is a very perilous and the most ancient pass through the Western Alps between Switzerland and Italy and there is evidence of its use by the Romans since the first two centuries A.D. The Romans would have brought Tibetan mastiffs into the Alpes, that the monks probably crossed them with the Great Dane and the Great Pyrenees. The St. Bernard is depicted in paintings and drawings dating back to 1695 and the existence of the breed is also documented in written official documents of the Hospice since