Miniature Saint Bernard
Breed group : Sporting, Working
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GENERALBreed group: Sporting, Working Type: Hybrid
Talent: Guarding, Watchdog, Weight pulling
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 80-150 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 8-11 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Mini St. Bernard is a mix between a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Cocker Spaniel. They are called hybrid dogs due to their origination from two different pure breeds. These hybrids are large in size with an average height of up to 32 inches and weight of 80 to 180 pounds or more. These dogs are loyal and friendly to their family. Their large size makes them good guard dogs. They are generally even-tempered dogs that are devoted and family oriented. They are good with children with proper socialization.
The Mini St. Bernard dogs are found in black, black and tan, red, brown and white or any mix of these colours.
Their coat is usually medium in length on the body and shorter over the head part. It may also appear straight but when it grows longer, it has a tendency to become wavy. It could either be smooth, silky or rough depending on which breed coat quality prevails.
The Mini St. Bernard dogs are intelligent, devoted and loyal that can be stubborn sometimes. With proper early childhood training, they become very good and adaptable dogs. These large size dogs need proper socialization to avoid fearfulness due to their size. They are family oriented dogs that may bond themselves with one person in the family. They do not like to be alone. These dogs are suspicious of strangers and make very good watch and guard dogs due to their giant size. They are good dogs to have as family pets and are suitable for families with older children.
These dogs need to be trained not to jump or lean due to their huge size. Supervision is necessary when they are with small children as they can easily knock them down accidentally. This breed is pleasing to look at when coat is allowed to grow and in this case, grooming is done through brushing and shampooing regularly through mild agents. In addition, care may also be done by ensuing that the dog is free from dampness like wiping under the eyes as they produce tears often.
They are stubborn to some extent but can be trained using positive reinforcement techniques. In training this pet, the earlier it is the better. While still a puppy, it should be instilled in their minds that the leaders are the humans. This could be done by taking a lead while walking. Technically, there is not much problem in doing this because this is an intelligent breed. Although, attitude may interfere at times when they are pampered and when trainers does not provide a firm and authoritative way of instructing.
Despite their size, these dogs do not require any more exercise as most other dogs. A daily walk with playing sessions will take care of their exercise needs. Conscientious assigning of activity should be based on their ability to handle them. Like for little Mini St. Bernard, short plays and walks will do but once they grow older long walks are preferred because they also have a good stamina for activities. Adult activities are done when they are two years older.