The Saint Bernard in this video will not stop hugging Dad. His name is Sully. His Dad just got home, and Sully has been waiting all day to greet him. A quick hug just won’t do. He pinned down his Dad, and won’t let him get up. This is the best kind of welcome home. Imagine getting this everyday. If there’s been any stress that day, this long hug would certainly melt it all away.
Characteristics of a St. Bernard
I don’t know how heavy Sully is, but Saint Bernard’s can weigh between 130 to 180 pounds, maybe more, according to Vetstreet. St. Bernard has a heart as big as his body. The sweet Bernies love their family dearly and is a good protector. You know that image of St. Bernard’s wearing a keg of brandy? It was purely an artistic license taken by a painter visiting the Alps back in the 1800’s. The public loved that image, and that’s how it stuck around. They did, however, helped the monks at the hospice of Saint Bernard, by looking for lost travelers and rescuing them. Today, their job is to be a family companion or a show dog.
The Saint Bernard is a gentle dog. Calm and patient too. He is great for family with children. Rough-housing won’t hurt him. However, your toddler could get knocked over accidentally by this giant. It might be a good idea to wait til your kids are sure-footed before getting this large dog. He makes a good therapy dog too. He’s just the right height for someone lying in a hospital bed to pet him. Saint Bernard’s tend to be cautious, sometimes even a bit shy. If you socialize them early, it would help them feel more comfortable with new people, new surroundings. Take them to visit friends and neighbors. Some businesses are dog friendly. You can read more about Saint Bernard’s here.
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Article source: Vetstreet