The Swiss Alpine rescue working dog also had jobs in the security, herding and hunting industries. Very versatile for a dog that is an extra large breed, the Saint Bernard measures approximately 28 inches at the shoulder and an adult male can weigh 160 to 250 pounds. Therefore, the breed has not only been famous throughout history for their ability to serve as rescue dogs, but their size also makes them famous in rescue tales. With their broad chests, thick necks, and large heads, these puppies are strong and even hold the world records for strength for dogs.
If they are trained when they are young to socialize and accept people and children, they can do very well as adults. Due to their strength, size and weight, it is essential that they are properly trained as puppies. They are eager to please their owners and even if they are not pushy, they will draw their attention to visitors, and with their size they can certainly deter unwanted guests. In a large fenced yard with your own oversized doghouse for protection from wind, rain, and extreme heat, they can be an effective security system. A giant like that barking and moving towards someone could certainly make them reconsider a home invasion.
As with all pets, proper training is aided when they have their space to turn to. A sign that they need to relax and get their 200 pound bodies out of the way. The people in the house will need it, and the dog can also benefit from having his own home to retreat to. A large fenced in yard will allow them to stretch out and roam and then return to the comfort of their own home. They are adorable and devoted, but this way they will be in place to observe the outside of the house and listen to any sounds and spill and drool outside for a while.