When you’re looking to adopt a dog, it can sometimes be a challenge to choose one breed over another. You may find yourself in this predicament right now by trying to choose between a Mastiff and a Saint Bernard! But what if you could have both breeds in one?
We’re happy to tell you it’s possible if you adopt a Saint Bermastiff. If you’d like to learn more about these dogs, read on! We’ve put together information about these dogs so you can decide if a Saint Bermastiff is the right dog for you and your family. Let’s get started!
What is a Saint Bermastiff?
The Saint Bermastiff is a hybrid dog breed (also called designer dogs). These unique dogs are a mix between a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Mastiff. Right away, you know this is a very large dog!
The Saint Bermastiff is a fairly new hybrid dog breed, so there’s not much information available about the breed’s history. However, we can learn more about these dogs by taking a look at both purebred parents.
Quick Overview of the Saint Bernard
You may have heard stories about how the Saint Bernard wore a barrel under his chin and went about saving travelers in the Swiss Alps. Well, the part about the dogs aiding travelers is completely true! Saint Bernards were developed by monks living near the Saint Bernard Pass. The pass is notoriously difficult to travel and many people did get lost there. So, the monks bred Saint Bernards to help pilgrims and other travelers who needed help in the mountains near their monastery.
Saint Bernards are gentle giants that are highly intelligent and good-natured. The dogs are large and muscular, and they come in two varieties, the shorthaired and the longhaired Saint Bernards. It seems the monks who bred the dogs preferred their canines to be short-haired.
These very large dogs can make great family pets. They can be quiet and calm indoors, though they do need space to spread out. What’s more, the dogs should not be left outside all the time. They need and want to be with their families. The dogs are not aggressive; however, they will bark if there’s a stranger near their home or family.
Speaking of families, Saint Bernards are also good with kids. But they’re not recommended for families that have younger children. The dogs are so large they could accidentally hurt a young child when playing. Even so, the dogs make wonderful family companions.
The other purebred parent of the Saint Bermastiff is the Mastiff. The Mastiff is a descendant of one of the oldest dogs in the world, the Molosser. It’s thought the Molosser originally came from the mountains of Asia, where the dogs were used to protect and herd sheep. The dogs were large and had heavy bones, with short muzzles, strong necks, and hanging ears. This is the ancestor of today’s Mastiff and other dog breeds, including the Rottweiler, Dogue de Bordeaux, and others.
The Mastiff is also a very large dog that weighs a lot. These dogs can weigh up to 220 lbs or more! These large dogs may look fierce, but they have a good-natured temperament and are pretty docile. However, they will protect their families and property if there’s a threat of any kind.
What’s more, the dogs love kids, though Mastiffs are recommended for families that have older kids. That’s because these are very large dogs that could accidentally knock over a younger child while playing.
The Mastiff wants nothing more than to be with his family, and he may even try to be a lap dog!
With parents like these, how can a Saint Bermastiff go wrong!
Saint Bermastiffs usually stand between 22 to 30 inches tall and weigh between 150 to 200 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years.
Saint Bermastiff Appearance
The Saint Bermastiff is a hybrid dog that may resemble either or both purebred parents. Each dog is a unique individual. Even dogs from the same litter may look different from one another. Even so, the Saint Bermastiff is a large dog that has medium-length fur that may be fluffy and soft. The dogs may also have some feathering on their legs.
The head of the Saint Bermastiff is wide and square, with large ears and a short muzzle. The dog’s lips and nose are black. The tail of this hybrid dog breed is usually thick and wide near the body, tapering as it nears the end of the tail. The dog’s body can look short and thick, with a broad, deep chest. The Saint Bermastiff has dark, round eyes that are intelligent and kind.
Temperament of the Saint Bermastiff
The Saint Bermastiff’s temperament is a combination of both parents, the Mastiff and the Saint Bernard. The Saint Bermastiff tends to be a laidback dog that’s very loving and eager to please their pet parents. The dogs usually don’t back much and may be somewhat lazy on occasion. These dogs are loyal and affectionate to their families.
However, these large dogs can be wary of strangers. For this reason and due to their large size, it’s recommended that Saint Bermastiffs are properly trained and socialized from a young age.
Are Saint Bermastiffs Good Family Companions & Do They Get Along with Other Pets?
The Saint Bermastiff makes an excellent family companion, and they get along well with everyone of all ages. However, care should be taken when these dogs are around younger kids. That’s because the Saint Bermastiff is a large dog that could knock down a child by accident when playing.
The dogs can also get along well with other dogs and small pets. However, it’s best if these hybrid dogs have been socialized and trained from puppyhood. And care should also be taken when the dogs are around smaller animals, as they could accidentally step on these pets.
The Saint Bermastiff requires plenty of food, as you may have guessed from his size! The dogs need about 4 to 6 cups of dog food every day, divided between two meals.
The Saint Bermastiff is large, but he doesn’t need as much exercise as some smaller dog breeds. These dogs need between 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. The dogs love to run, play, fetch, and more! However, if you take on a Saint Bermastiff at tug of war, you can guess who will win!
Summing It Up
As you can see, the Saint Bermastiff is a very large dog that’s laidback, loving, and wants nothing more than to be with their family. The dogs do make great family companions; however, be sure to monitor their activities if the dogs are playing with younger kids and small pets.
We’re pretty sure if you choose to adopt a Saint Bermastiff, you’ll have a ton of fun with this very large, loving dog!