The St. Bernard Dog is a very large breed of dog,
a working dog from the Swiss Alps, originally bred
for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales
of alpine rescues, as well as for its large size.
The coat can be either smooth or rough, with the smooth
coat close and flat. The rough coat is dense but flat,
and more profuse around the neck and legs. The coat
is typically a red colour with white, or sometimes
a mahogany brindle with white. Black shading is usually
found on the face and ears. The tail is long and heavy,
hanging low with the end turned up slightly.
St. Bernards, like all very large dogs, must be well
socialized with people and other dogs in order to
prevent fearfulness and any possible aggression or
territoriality. The biggest threat to small children
is being knocked over by this breeds larger size.
Overall they are a loyal and affectionate breed, if
socialized are very friendly and are occasionally
avoided because of their slobber.