Before You Buy A Saint...

If you are interested in buying a Saint Bernard we urge you to first do your homework. Too many people buy a dog from a backyard breeder, or worse, a pet store, and are disappointed when health or temperament problems occur. We suggest the following approach to educating yourself about Saint Bernards:

  1. Study the breed standard and the photos of the dogs on this web site. Become familiar with what the dog should look like.
  2. Attend dog shows in your area and watch the Saints when they are being shown. If possible, attend a Saint Bernard Specialty show. A specialty is a show dedicated to only one breed and typically draws more dogs than an all breed show. If you need help in finding a show in your area send me an email and I will help you locate a show near you. Note: If you attend a show and want to talk to one of the dog owners/handlers, please wait until after the dogs have been shown before initiating your discussion.
  3. In order to weed out the backyard breeders from the breeders that are dedicated to the breed, ask the following questions:
    1. Are they members of the Saint Bernard Club of America?
    2. Are they members of their local Saint Bernard club?
    3. Are they actively showing their dogs in conformation or performance events?
  4. Ask the breeder to see the pedigree of the dog you are interested in buying. At least half of the dogs shown on the pedigree should have the Ch (Champion) designation in front of their name.
  5. If you are buying a puppy, ask to see the puppy's mother. If the breeder owns the father of the pups, ask to see him too. Be sure the adult dogs look like Saints and have a pleasant temperament. Note that many breeders will not own the sire (father). If this is the case, ask to see photos of the sire.

A reputable breeder will also want to know something about you. Can you provide a safe and healthy environment for your dog? Are you willing to invest the time and energy to train your dog how to walk on a leash and to be a good citizen around other people and dogs? Are you willing to spay or neuter your companion dog by the time they are six months old? Have you done your homework?