Whether you just love dogs and want to learn everything about them, or if you are looking to buy a new pet, it’s always great to have a reliable source of info.
Over the course of this article, I’ll be presenting a rather unique large dog breed that is a cross between two extremely popular big dogs.
The St. Weiler is exactly what you would expect upon reading the name for the first time.
This massive canine is a mix of the St. Bernard (one of the most popular mountain dogs) and the Rottweiler (equal parts guardian and loving pet).
There is so much to learn about this breed, so let me quickly list what I’ll be covering in specific.
First off, I’ll be taking a look at some of the things that you need to know about the St. Weiler’s puppies.
I’ll also be examining some physical characteristics that can help you recognize a St. Weiler, how they tend to act, inside and outside of the home, and many other pertinent topics.
St. Weiler Puppies – Before You Buy…
Without any further delay, let’s take a look at what you can expect from St. Weiler puppies, as that is exactly where your journey with your new dog will begin.
We’ll take a look at pricing, how to find the right breeder for your dog and some facts about these pups that are relatively obscure.
What Price are St. Weiler Puppies?
The first thing that you will have to account for when you are choosing to welcome a dog into your family is how much one of the puppies is going to cost you.
The St. Weiler is descended from two breeds that are rather popular so it may be a bit of a challenge to a puppy that is priced reasonably when compared to other mixes.
The pricing of these dogs will also depend on where you are located, as St. Weilers tend to be more popular in places where the winter gets a little harsher.
The St. Weiler is an expensive breed by nearly anyone’s standards, with most dogs costing around 1000 dollars and exceptional examples going for almost 1700 dollars.
Where to Find Reputable St. Weiler Breeders?
Your next concern when looking for your St. Weiler puppy is ensuring that you can trust your breeder, as the business of puppy breeding is growing shadier.
Puppy mills are a reality, and they may be more common than you think. If you want a clean conscience, you will want to get your puppy from the right breeder.
One of the best ways that you can ensure that your breeder is worthy of your trust is by taking a close look at the puppies in their care.
If you notice any signs of abuse or fear towards human beings, it is possible that the puppies were not brought up in the best of conditions.
3 Little-Known Facts About St. Weiler Puppies
- Even from a young age, St. Weiler puppies exhibit signs of increased alertness when compared to many other mixed dog breeds. Your puppy will eventually grow into a highly proficient watchdog and family guardian if it is properly trained and socialized starting early on in life.
- The St. Weiler is a massive dog breed, and that is particularly evident in how fast these puppies grow. It almost feels as if young St. Weilers grow larger and larger by the day, though their rate of growth is not quite that fast!
- Your St. Weiler will be extremely playful as a puppy, but it will tend to gradually lose its energy reserves as it grows older and larger. Don’t be worried if you find that your St. Weiler is getting less and less excited at the prospect of playtime as it grows up.
Physical Traits of the St. Weiler
The St. Weiler is a dog that can have a few different looks depending on which parent has the dominant genes.
Of course, there are still some characteristics that are relatively common for this breed. One of the more recognizable traits of this dog is, the thicker coat than you would expect on a pure Rottweiler.
The St. Weiler has the wide head that you would expect to see on a Rottweiler, but the muzzle is slightly narrower than on most examples of that breed.
One of the ways to identify whether or not you have a dog that is bred from pure parents is by the eyes, St. Weilers without any other mixing will have brown eyes exclusively.
You can expect to find these dogs in a range of a few different colors, differing from the typically uniform coats that you see on purebred Rottweilers.
The most common colors for this breed (in order of prevalence) are the following: red, brown, black, and white.
How Big is a Full-Grown St. Weiler?
The St. Weiler is the result of breeding two truly massive dog breeds, and (as expected) the result is yet another huge type of dog.
If you don’t have an excess of space in your home, then a St. Weiler is likely not the best dog for you, to say the least; these dogs need more room.
The size range for these dogs is between 100 and 180 pounds when it comes to weight, with males weighing around 20 pounds more than females, on average.
These dogs also tend to be exceptionally tall, with the largest examples growing out to 26 inches, and average St. Weilers being about 23 to 24 inches tall.
What is the St. Weiler’s Life Expectancy?
As with most large dogs, you can’t expect the St. Weiler to live as long as smaller breeds due to the basic rules of physiology.
For nearly any mammal, growing larger results in a shorter expected lifespan because there are simply more cells in which something can go wrong (e.g., cancer).
Seeing as this dog descends from two breeds that have identical lifespans, it comes as little surprise that you can expect a St. Weiler to live for 8 to 10 years.
Being a mixed breed, certain St. Weilers will be able to live for a longer time (sometimes up to 12 or 13 years), though this is more of an exception than a general rule.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the St. Weiler
Behavior is sometimes everything when deciding whether or not a dog is right for you and your family, and this is also the case with the St. Weiler.
As I have already mentioned, the St. Weiler is an ideal choice for anyone that needs a guard dog since they are alert enough to detect intruders and large enough to drive them away.
Aside from being excellent protectors, St. Weilers are a breed that is caring enough to fit into most families, including those with children.
Of course, you will have to get these dogs accustomed to being around kids before you expose them to your children, but the possibility is always there.
Since the St. Weiler comes from two dog breeds that are widely renowned for their extreme work ethic, you won’t have to urge your pet own when there is a task to be accomplished.
I would recommend that you at least give the St. Weiler a minimal level of training, as with most larger dogs.
The St. Weiler’s Diet
Seeing as how the St. Weiler is a massive dog, you can expect to pay quite a bit of money every month keeping your pet well-fed.
Of course, as with most larger dogs, you will not want to free-feed the St. Weiler as that is the quickest way to make your dog obese.
These dogs tend to consume around 3.5 cups of food per day, which is more than most other breeds, except for the largest dogs in the world.
Some St. Weilers (the more active ones) can even have up to 4 cups of food every day, though they will need extra exercise to work it off.
How Much Exercise Does the St. Weiler Need?
Seeing as this dog is the offspring of two working dogs, it has the drive to be active that is not matched by many other breeds.
You should let your St. Weiler get at least one hour’s worth of exercise every day to ensure that it doesn’t end up getting obese.
St. Weiler Health and Conditions
When it comes to health, you’ll find that the St. Weiler is nowhere near as unhealthy as many other giant dogs.
That being said, this breed still has some issues to contend with, so let’s take a look at them.
- Cardiac disorders
- Eye problems
- Joint Dysplasia
Thanks to their enormous size, even the mildest mannered of St Weiler dogs – and there are plenty of those, thanks to the patient and stoic ways of this mix – can be a little frightening to children. In fact, even adults can find these dogs a bit scary sometimes!
However, families with young children, older kids or anyone else have nothing to fear from this breed of dog.
The St Weiler is especially self-aware of his or her size, and you’ll find that this dog moves very slowly, carefully and deliberately around children – babies and toddlers especially.
While this is a huge sigh of relief to any parents or parents to be, there are still some smart ideas to keep in mind when introducing your kids to your St Weiler and vice versa.
By and large, it’s best to take it slow and to make sure your kids don’t try and hide away from this big dog.
Doing so just makes your St Weiler even more curious about your children, and more inclined to get up close and sniffing them to see if they’re okay.
They don’t realize when doing this that this only frightens them all the more! But if possible, encouraging your children and your St Weiler to be friends should be encouraged.
Your dog will definitely do all they can to be kind and friendly to your children.
These dogs are loving companion and guardians to your family, so you have every reason to entrust the St Weiler with your kids.
My Final Thoughts on the St. Weiler
If you are ready to own one of the biggest dogs in the world, then I encourage you to check out the St. Weiler.
Descending from two highly reputable dog breeds, the St. Weiler is a great choice for slightly more experienced dog owners.
I wish you luck in finding your new pet!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- St. Weiler Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the St. Weiler
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the St. Weiler
- The St. Weiler’s Diet
- St. Weiler Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the St. Weiler