Dogs 101: Saint Bernard Interesting Info – Animal Facts

Dogs 101: Saint Bernard Interesting Info – Animal Facts

Ahh, the Saint Bernard – the mixologist
of the Alps. Well, maybe not, but if you remember when
Saturday morning cartoons were awesome, you likely think of the brandy barrel when the
name Saint Bernard comes up. The Saint Bernard is a giant, strong, muscular
dog and has been a beloved breed of dog for hundreds of years and that is likely to continue
well into the future. Other than his repeated appearances in pop
culture, there are plenty of fascinating facts about the lovable Saint Bernard. Let’s get to know him. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
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below. 10. When you think of the Saint Bernard, you probably
think of the massive canine of the Swiss Alps, depicted in paintings and cartoons delivering
brandy to lost or stranded hikers. While he was an amazing rescue dog breed,
those rescues involved very few adult beverages. “What’s in the barrel then,” you ask? Well, in short… nothing. There wasn’t a barrel. While many imagine the Saint rescuing travelers
in the snow with a keg of Brandy around his muscular neck, this image is a fictitious
one. Painter Edward Lanseer, a then 17-year-old
artist who was traveling through the Alps in 1819 added this little detail to his painting
“Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler” which he claimed was brandy and
the idea just kinda stuck. But the Saint Bernard did carry around packs
filled with food and water, which would be a much better idea than sending distilled
spirits. We publish Every Monday and Friday, so hit
that notification icon to not miss a single fact. 9. The Saint Bernard dog got his name from the
Great Saint Bernard Hospice in the western Alps. Long before helicopters, the only way to travel
from the Entremont Valley to Italy was via the snowy Mont-Joux pass. The pass was extremely treacherous. The temperatures there could drop to as low
as -22°F, that’s really cold for those of you that use C instead of F, and the pass
was covered in dozens of feet of snow almost year round. Around the year 1050, a monk named Bernard
De Menthon came to the pass and set up a hospice to give adventurers a place to recover from
their travels. In 1124, Bernard, the monk, not the dog, was
canonized as a saint and the pass was named in his honor. Still, the Saint Bernard, the dog not the
monk, did not come to Saint Bernard Pass until hundreds of years later, although the exact
date is a little unclear thanks to a fire in the 16th century that destroyed archives
containing their exact origin story among other things, but other historical texts lead
experts to believe the Saint Bernard dog arrived somewhere between 1660 and 1670. The St. Bernard was known as “Barry Dog” or
“Noble Steed” before he became known as St. Bernard in the mid-1800s. The Saint Bernard was not originally brought
to the pass for rescue work. His initial roles were those of a guardian
and a companion. After all, it gets kinda lonely in a mountain
pass in the winter months. 8. Eventually, as in we don’t know an exact
date, the monks inhabiting the hospice discovered that the Saint Bernard had all the makings
of an ideal rescue dog. He was great at clearing paths, could predict
incoming avalanches, and, thanks to his excellent sense of smell, could detect a body buried
under 20 feet of snow. In the three centuries that the hospice used
the dogs, it’s estimated that they saved upwards of 2000 people. While the St. Bernard stopped doing search
and rescue in 1955, the hospice maintained several until 2004. 7. The avalanche rescue dogs were never trained
by the monks, the younger dogs simply followed the older dogs until they got the hang of
things. The dogs would often travel in pairs of two,
one would wait with the stranded while the other would return to the monks for help. 6. Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the greatest
conquerors of his generation, and for a time he seemed like an unstoppable force. His army crossed the Alps many times between
1790 and 1810, and despite how dangerous those trails were, Napoleon never lost a man. Part of the reason for his unblemished record
was that he always had St. Bernard dogs with him, ensuring that there was a canine safety
net in case something were to happen. 5. A Saint Bernard named Hercules (because of
course) was credited with saving his family only 6 hours after he was adopted when he
caught a burglar trying to break in and held him by the leg until help could arrive. I guess you could say he took a bite out of
crime. Instinctively a good watchdog, the Saint is
great at sensing danger and will alert his family when needed. The Saint rarely barks, so when he does you
should check your surroundings to be sure everything is OK. And, you’ll know when he barks. One does not simply not hear a Saint Bernard
barking. 4. When you think of purebred dogs, you probably
think of dog shows where the breeders and trainers show off their hounds’ inheritances. The attention is drawn to the color of their
coats, the shape of their faces, and all the other physical traits that make a breed instantly
identifiable. Well, when it came to the St. Bernard, that
sort of breeding wasn’t really common until the 19th century. Before then, dogs were bred more for strength,
stamina, and other traits that made them useful as work dogs. Originally, the Saint Bernard was about the
same size as a German Shepherd. Today, breeders have created a much larger
dog at between 130-200 pounds that can eat up to 6.5 cups of food per day. Which has caused the breed some size-related
health issues, among those, is hip dysplasia. And, his lifespan is a short 8 years on average,
however, some have been known to live into their early teens. 3. The Saint Bernard is a fantastic breed for
families with children. He is a gentle giant. He’s calm and patient, with an eagerness
to please. Despite his intimidating size, he is very
gentle with children and seem to sense their needs and wants better than many other breeds. He is also a great big ol’ snuggle bear
and makes the perfect pillow for little heads. Although rarely aggressive, he is very protective
and loyal to those that he sees as his people. Despite his size, the St. Bernard is suitable
for indoor living. Well, that is if you can deal with the drooling
… did we mention the drooling? 2. Oh yeah, the Saint Bernard Drools… a LOT. Thanks to his unusual head and jaw shape,
his lips and loose skin hang down, meaning he drools more than other breeds. This behavior tends to get worse when he is
hungry, overheated, or excited. To minimize the puddles left in his wake,
try to keep him cool and prepare food out of sight. Some devoted owners will even carry around
a drool rag to clean their pooch’s muzzle every once in
a while. 1. One of the most famous St. Bernard dogs was
named Barry, a rescue dog in Switzerland that had a statue —complete with the quintessential
barrel collar – erected of his likeness after he was credited with saving upward of 40 people
over the course of his career from 1800 to 1814. Although it seems that many tails of his deeds
are exaggerated or just plain fabricated. The statue is currently on display at the
Cimetière des Chiens near Paris. The Saint Bernard Hospice has continued to
maintain one St. Bernard named Barry in the original’s honor. It’s worth noting that IRL Barry never wore
the clichéd barrel around his neck. There we got through the entire video without
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  2. very nice dogs. a neighbour had one until about 2 years ago when she passed in bone cancer…11 years old…that is a remarkable age for st bernards. she was one of me own dogs best friends and allowed him to wrestle and really play a bit rougher. Now he has a chocolat lab and 2 rottweilers for that kind of play. She was really patient with him as a wild pup but at the same time really told him off when he did something wrong. And the first months after she passed and we met the owner he always looked for her and probably wondered why she wasn't with them…she actually fostered him a bit…a old lady telling a young boy how to behave…

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  4. I know a saint bernard named Max who eats about TEN cups of food per day. He weighs 220 lbs. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜

  5. I got a saint benard mixed with a great dane and how she is mixed is her mouth her mouth is a great dane mouth and she is 1 years old right now and she is SO CUTE she acts like a normal puppy gets into stuff and all that she hugs over attention If I just say one of my dogs names she runs up to me with those puppy eyes.

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