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St. Bernard – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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 Saint Bernard dog crate size

St. Bernard

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1885
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 54" dog crate*

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The origin of Saint Bernard is not clearly documented, yet this breed is still well known.

This breed was developed by the monks at the Rewind on the Grand St. Bernard in Switzerland in the 17th century.

This breed was first bred between 1660 and 1670.

It is related to the Mastiff Asian dog type that was originally brought by the Roman Army.

In 1700, it was believed that the dog St. Bernard was used as a Guard and a companion dog for the monks at the time of refuge during winter.

This dog is a good companion dog that is also good with children and other dogs, but you also need to supervise the dog.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the St. Bernard in 1885.

These medium energy dogs are known as strong, intelligent, sturdy, and masculine dogs.

These dogs were considered as pets that accompanied the monks on patrols in the mountains to search for people who were lost or trapped in snowstorms.

It was known that the St. Bernard has its own intelligence in detecting future storms and moreover they had the expertise in saving people, which they learned from the monks.


The St. Bernard belongs to the giant-sized dog category that has a proportionately tall posture.

It has a masculine and strong body.

The earlobes are big and they cover its ear holes.

Its eyes look dull and its expression looks lethargic and sad. This remains the original face of St. Bernard. The face coat is a bit loose but it looks so funny.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to giant-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Since the Saint Bernard's fur is relatively long, it is strongly recommended that owners brush regularly, especially for the type of Saint Bernard that has the longer coat type. Regular brushing will help to maintain the health and tidiness of the fur and also help reduce shedding.

The ears are very important to keep clean of dirt and debris, so check regularly. Brush its teeth 2-3 times per week to ensure optimal mouth health.


20-60 minutes of daily exercise is recommended. The Saint Bernard is a breed that can be trained easily and it also loves to play.  You also need to train this dog on regular basis to make it obey you as the owner. 

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 54" dog crate* for most adult St. Bernards.

 Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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