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.

Adult male Saints are typically 120 to 180 pounds in weight and will stand 24 to 27 inches at the withers. That folks *IS* a big dog. Female Saints are slightly smaller - yet they too are large dogs. Since most of the saints in rescue are either adolescent or adult dogs you're pretty much assured right from the first that they really are big dogs.

Saints typically have a laid back or reserved demeanor - yet they still require exercise or walks daily. You have to be able to physically handle a saint on a lead. Just because they have the 'label' of being laid back - just wait till they decide they want to chase that squirrel!

Be prepared to have at minimum two good brushings a week for the Saint and daily vacuuming for the house. Because the saint is a big dog (see above) there is an endless supply of hair that seems to constantly fall from these guys.

On the topic of grooming, bathing a saint can somtimes be a chore. Once in a while you'll find a saint that actually will enjoy climbing in the tub and getting a bath - but that's not usually the case. I bathe ours in the tub at home - but it serves dual duty since I usually need to wash the walls and mop the bathroom floor anyway....

Saints as a general rule love to associate with people. It has been said many a time that while the 'impressive' size of a Saint Bernard makes a great watchdog - this is quickly destroyed when that 'great watchdog' just wants to snuggle.

Saints typically get along well with children and other animals - but not always. It is imperative that any dog be introduced to children and other pets correctly. Rescue does spend a good bit of time temperament testing all the dogs, but there are always exceptions. If you have very small children, it may be best to wait a year or two before you get that Saint Bernard.

Saintly Saint Bernards are indoor companion animals. They are not outdoor dogs. While the breed originated in the Alps living in the monastery and spending their days searching for lost travelers; today those tasks are best handled by helicopters. Saints have evolved to making certain that the corner stays warm, or that stuffed toy does not get 'lost' in the deep dark recesses of the toy box. Saints are very social animals, they will make a good sized lap dog if allowed.

Saint Bernards medical care will be more that a 'normal' size dog. It is not uncommon to spend in the neighborhood of 1,000.00 to 1,500.00 the first year caring for a Saint Bernard.

We're sure you've heard that 'a Saint Bernard will eat you out of house and home'. Don't worry, a Saint really doesn't eat (or shouldn't eat) that much. A normal Saint will eat about the same amount of food that you do in a days time. Overfeeding a saint is as bad for him or her as it is for you. We will provide a 'guideline' for feeding based on the particular Saint typically 4 cups of food twice a day. While we do recommend a quality food the overall amount is not what you have heard.

If you have questions about the proper care for your Saintly Saint, remember we are but a phone call - or an email away. Our goal is to help you provide a quality home for the Saint.