The 44 pound St. Bernard puppy in this video will only get heavier. His name is RJ, and is only 12-weeks-old at this filming. Look how relaxed he is in the arms of his parent. His father wonders how much longer he can hold his baby like this. I hope they live someplace where there are no stairs. If this little pup needs to go see the vet one day because he’s not feeling well, somebody would have to carry him up and down those stairs. In fact, when they get older and if they need help with mobility, like making a trip outdoor, you would be the one carrying them. Take this into consideration before you bring home a Bernie when you have stairs.
What are St. Bernard’s like?
St. Bernard is a gentle giant. When full grown, they can be 120 to 180 pounds, according to Vetstreet.
You know that image of a St. Bernard carrying a keg of brandy to rescue people? It was actually the painter, Edwin Landseer, taking artistic liberty when he painted a St. Bernard back in 1819. The Bernies DO rescue lost travellers near St. Bernard Hospice high up in the Alps. Mostly they are companion dogs, appreciated for their patience and calmness. St. Bernards do drool. Remember the movie “Beethoven”? And as puppies, they DO chew. Keep your socks in your drawers. If you live in hot climate, keep your Bernie cool in air-condition. They can get heat stroke. Even though they are large dogs, their food requirement is not any more than other large breeds. And their exercise need is moderate. So even if you have a small yard, they would do fine. This is a companion dog, which also means they want YOUR companionship. They love their people and will pine for you if left alone too long. When the family is home, they would be happy being a part of family life. They adore it. You can learn more about St. Bernards here. Enjoy watching 44 pound RJ relaxing in the arms of his Dad.
Article source: Vetstreet