First, you need to understand that Saints are large dogs. The number one reason we hear when people are looking to surrender a saint to rescue is "He got too big." Please, do the research before you adopt a saint or any animal.

Working Group



Powerful, proportionately tall figure, strong and muscular in every part, with powerful head and most intelligent expression. In dogs with a dark mask the expression appears more stern, but never ill-natured.

A lesson in becoming Alpha

  • "My dog just tried to bite me! All I did was tell him to move over so I could sit on the couch next to him."
  • "My dog got into the trash can and when I scolded her, she growled at me. What's wrong with her? I thought she loved me!"
  • "Our dog is very affectionate most of the time but when we try to make him do something he doesn't want to do, he snaps at us."

What do these three dogs have in common? Are they nasty or downright vicious? No - they're alpha. They've taken over the leadership of the families that love them. Instead of taking orders from their people, these dogs are giving orders! Your dog can love you very much and still try to dominate you or other members of your family.

The origins of the Saint Bernard breed are not well documented; however, some aspects of the breed are known. A mix of facts and reasonable assumptions are about the best way to describe the development and origin of this magnificent breed.