The St. Bernard was originally a short-haired dog existing in the Swiss countryside and was used at the Hospice which was a refuge for people travelling between Switzerland and Italy. He was a carting dog, a guard dog and an avalanche dog who rescued people who were trapped in the snow.
He’s intelligent, muscular and powerful but also dignified and gentle. His coat may be short or long and can vary in colour from brown-yellow to a deep brown. He also has white markings. He sheds so needs regular grooming and daily exercise. He is a dog that drools a LOT! Because of his size, he’s better living in the suburbs or countryside. He stands at 25.5 – 27.5 inches high.