1. The Saint Bernard originated in the Western Alps of Switzerland, where they were used as rescue dogs to help travelers lost in the snow.
  2. Saint Bernards were originally bred by monks in the 11th century as working dogs to guard their hospice and assist with rescues.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, Saint Bernards never carried barrels of brandy around their necks. This is a myth that originated from an 1820s painting by Edwin Landseer.
  4. The Saint Bernard is one of the largest dog breeds in the world, with males weighing between 140-180 pounds and females weighing between 120-140 pounds.
  5. Despite their large size, Saint Bernards are known for being gentle giants and are excellent with children.
  6. The Saint Bernard has a thick, waterproof coat that helps keep them warm in the cold mountain temperatures.
  7. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.
  8. Saint Bernards come in two coat types – smooth and rough – with the rough coat being more common.
  9. Saint Bernards are notoriously drooly dogs, with some individuals drooling up to a gallon of saliva a day!
  10. Saint Bernards have a lifespan of 8-10 years, which is relatively short compared to some other breeds.
  11. Due to their size and potential for health issues, Saint Bernards are not recommended for first-time dog owners.
  12. Saint Bernards have a strong instinct to protect their families, making them excellent guard dogs.
  13. The Saint Bernard has been featured in many films and TV shows, including the popular movie “Beethoven.”
  14. Saint Bernards have a calm and patient temperament, which makes them great therapy dogs for hospitals and nursing homes.
  15. Saint Bernards are not the most active breed, and they prefer to lounge around with their owners rather than go on long walks or runs.
  16. Despite their calm demeanor, Saint Bernards are known for their snoring and loud sleeping habits.
  17. Saint Bernards have a high tolerance for cold weather and love playing in the snow.
  18. The breed is prone to several health issues, including hip dysplasia and bloat.
  19. Saint Bernards are intelligent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.
  20. The Saint Bernard is a beloved breed, and they continue to capture the hearts of dog lovers around the world with their loyal and affectionate personalities.