The Saint Berdoodle: A Complete Guide

The Saint Berdoodle is the hybrid of the Saint Bernard and the Poodle. This dog can best be described as a gentle giant.

They are large and playful, but they are kind, affectionate, and will do their best to please their owners. Saint Berdoodles are very intelligent and easy to train.

They also get along very well with small children and families.

The Saint Bernard is an old dog that is thought to be descended from the old Roman mastiffs that got lost in the Alps and mixed with the local breeds.

The first recorded history of them is by the early 18th century monks.

They would keep and train these large dogs for search and rescue operations. Avalanches were common back in those days, and people would often get lost on the treacherous mountain paths.

The monks and their trusted Saint Bernards were the few people who knew the mountains better than anybody.

These dogs have an incredibly good sense of smell and direction which means that they could easily find travelers who were buried feet beneath the snow.

To this day, they are still used by mountain rescue teams.

The Poodle has a different history. They were used primarily for retrieving dogs for hunters. Their watertight coat of fur meant that they could swim through the water and bring back downed waterfowl with ease.

Poodles also have a great sense of smell which made them good tracking dogs. Today they are one of the most loved family and show dogs around.

They are easy to train, affectionate, and playful. These dogs also have a beautiful coat of fur which makes them appealing to people who are looking for a pretty dog.

The Saint Berdoodle has all of the best traits of both of these breeds. They are large and confident, but they have an affectionate and playful side which makes them great for the entire family.

Saint Berdoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Saint Berdoodle is a great guardian.

While Saint Berdoodle puppies are small and adorable, most people forget that this tiny ball of fluff will grow into a very large dog in just over a year.

These dogs can easily weigh over 150 pounds, and eat enough food to match.

Before buying your first Saint Berdoodle puppy, you will need to make sure that you have enough space in your home and backyard for them to get the exercise that they need and that you are prepared to buy all of the food that they will undoubtedly eat.

What Price are Saint Berdoodle Puppies?

These large dogs can have quite a large price tag attached to them. Most Saint Berdoodles go for around $2,000.

Occasionally, you may find one for $800 or $900, but this doesn’t happen often and is usually because the breeder has an excess of puppies that they are trying to get rid of.

The high price is a reflection of the cost of both of the parent breeds.

Poodles can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on their pedigree, and the average Saint Bernard costs about $1,800.

How to Find Reputable Saint Berdoodle Breeders?

There are no other dogs that look quite like a Saint Berdoodle.

They have the appearance of a curly-haired Saint Bernard, and you won’t have to worry about breeders trying to give you a fake Saint Berdoodle.

The most common issue of dishonesty that you will run into is breeders trying to give you an overpriced Saint Berdoodle.

To figure out an accurate price for your Saint Berdoodle puppy, you should do a full examination of the puppy itself and look at the health and pedigree papers of the parenting dogs.

Most reputable breeders will be able to provide you with both of these.

3 Little-known facts about Saint Berdoodle puppies

  1. Saint Berdoodles are classified as a guard dog. They have keen eyes and ears and will calmly watch what everybody around the house is doing to make sure that everybody is safe.
  2. As puppies, Saint Berdoodles are growing rapidly and will need to eat a lot of extra food. Make sure that they are properly nourished so that they don’t develop degenerative musculoskeletal problems.
  3. Except for short bursts of energy, Saint Berdoodles tend to be on the lazy side, so don’t be surprised if these puppies spend their days laying around the house.

Physical Traits of the Saint Berdoodle

The Saint Berdoodle is so hairy.

The Saint Berdoodle is known for looking like an extra hairy version of the Saint Bernard.

They are usually very large dogs, but occasionally they will take more after their Poodle parent and be on the medium to large size.

These dogs are very muscular and can pack on weight quicker than most other dogs.

Saint Berdoodles will only have to do about half of the exercise of the Poodle to get twice as much muscle.

Their face is almost a 50/50 cross between the Poodle and the Saint Bernard.

They have the dark muzzle and the drooping lips of the Saint Bernard but have the rounded head, close dark eyes, and the slightly drooping ears that are most common in poodles.

They also have the curled, fluffy tails of the poodle.

Saint Berdoodles’ legs are long and powerful. Even considering their heavy weight, they can still jump over large obstacles and are sometimes used to compete in agility contests.

Their fur is very thick and grows long. The Saint Berdoodle also sheds a lot in the warm months. They grow a very long, thick coat to keep warm in the Winter, but it all falls off as soon as Spring rolls around.

How Big is a Full-Grown Saint Berdoodle?

This dog is massive. While they are a little bit smaller than their Saint Bernard parent, they still weigh an average of 160 pounds.

Some have even been known to weigh up to 175 if they are trained often and pack on extra muscle. They are also fairly tall and can grow up to 27 inches.

Because of their big frame, they will need a large living space to walk around in. Although they tend to be sedentary and like to lounge around a lot, when they do run, they will need plenty of space.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Saint Berdoodle?

Saint Berdoodles have a relatively long life expectancy when compared to other dogs of the same size. You can expect your dog to live into their early teens.

Their Poodle genes give them extra longevity, and the Saint Berdoodle lives an average of 2 to 3 years longer than their Saint Bernard parents.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Saint Berdoodle

The Saint Berdoodles are the happiest when running outside.

The Saint Berdoodle is a highly intelligent dog. Both of the parenting breeds are known for being incredibly easy to train.

In fact, Saint Bernards are so smart that most don’t even require human training.

As long as they have an older dog as a role model, they will quickly learn right from wrong and how to behave.

The Saint Berdoodle is very similar in this manner. Even if you don’t have any older dogs for them to learn from, they will still learn from your example far quicker than other dogs their size.

They have a very relaxed temperament and are known for being gentle giants. They are not aggressive unless there is a clear and present danger to their family or their owner’s property.

Saint Berdoodles also get along great with kids, and the only thing that you will have to worry about is them accidentally knocking over your toddlers because of their large size.

They have a playful and sociable personality and get along well with other dogs. They will often make friends with all of the neighbor’s dogs and love to be taken out to the local dog park to run around and play with their friends.

The Saint Berdoodle’s Diet

These dogs need to eat 4 or 5 cups of dog food a day, especially if they are large and weigh over 160 pounds.

It’s important to feed your Saint Berdoodle enough, or they can develop degenerative muscle and bone diseases which can be potentially deadly.

During the winter expect them to eat a little bit more food than normal since they instinctively try to put on a few pounds of fat to stay warm.

How Much Exercise Does a Saint Berdoodle Need?

These dogs only need a moderate amount of exercise. They tend to be very lazy throughout most of the day and like to lay on the porch or in the middle of the house and watch people.

Saint Berdoodles are capable of explosive energy, however, and love to go on brisk runs around the neighborhood or spring across a field chasing a ball.

Make sure that they get plenty of fresh air and get at least 25 to 30 minutes a day of exercise.

Saint Berdoodle Health and Conditions

Saint Berdoodles are fairly hardy dogs, but since they are very heavy dogs, it’s very common for them to develop Hip and Elbow Dysplasia in their later lives.

If you live in an arid environment, make sure that you keep their skin properly moisturized as they have been known to sometimes develop eczema as well.

Final Thoughts on the Saint Berdoodle

If you’re looking for a large, friendly dog that will watch over your family and serve as a silent guardian for your home, then the Saint Berdoodle is the dog for you.

Although they may be a little bit expensive upfront, they tend to live long, healthy lives and you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of money at the vet’s office.

You do, however, need to make sure that you have plenty of space for them since they take up the same amount of room as most full grown adults.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

5
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
9.5
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
7.5
Health Concerns
9
Life Span
6
Exercise Required
3
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.3 / 10

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Written by Emily Green

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