Lionridge Saint Bernards

 
Welcome to Lionridge Saint Bernards

 

Below is some basic information you need to know before getting a Saint

All the puppies are CKC reg'd, vet and heart checked at 7.5 weeks, first vaccines, micro chipped, 2 year health guarantee

I do require my questionnaire to be filled out and encourage people to visit to make sure this breed is right for you.


Is a Saint Bernard right for you?
There are both shorthaired (smooth coat) and longhaired (rough coat) Saints. Both coat types are of equal value. And twice a year, usually in Spring and Autumn, they Blow most of their coat to help them adjust to the changing seasons. For the remainder of the year there is seldom any annoyance from shedding.

Saints shed and drool. There is no such thing as a “DRY MOUTH” Saint Bernard. While some may drool less than others all produce saliva in varying amounts.So if you like a clean perfect house this breed is not for you.

LIFE EXPECTANCY of a Saint Bernard is about 8 to 10 years which is similar to that of any other GIANT breed.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Are They Good Watch Dogs?
The Saint’s size and bark will discourage most intruders yet he will learn to recognize your friends and receive them cordially if trained to do so. If an intruder gets by the size and barks your Saint may decide to lead him straight to the family silver since he would much prefer to be a friend to all. The one exception to this is when a member of the family is being threatened. The Saint’s instinct to protect those he loves becomes very apparent at this time.

Are Saints Easy To Train?
Because of their size the Saint Bernard MUST be trained and this must be done early in his life. Fortunately, Saints are eager to please and will begin responding to commands as soon as they understand what you want of them. Training a Saint Bernard can be a great joy .But a happy relaxed relationship with your Saint does not happen automatically. You must teach him a few simple rules of behaviour so that he respects you and develops into a well mannered, obedient family member who is a pleasure to both you and your neighbours. Training your dog can be fun and easy. You require no special skills. It needs only 10-15 minutes a day. With a little patience and persistence you will have a well-behaved, obedient and happy Saint. (Please also see the Training & Behaviour page).

How Much Room Do They Need?
The Saint by nature does not require acres and acres to roam. They are not as active or nervous as ome breeds and are content to remain close to home for the most part. Consequently an average fenced yard is adequate as long as there is some place for regular exercise and daily short walks are recommended.

How Much Does A Saint Weigh?
Saint Bernard puppies weigh about one-half kilogram at birth and grow rapidly during the first year, although it may take as long as three years before they reach full maturity. Adult males may reach a height of 70-90 centimetres at the shoulder and will normally weigh between 70 and 80 kilograms. Females are somewhat smaller at about 65-80 centimetres at the shoulder and typically range from 60 to 70 kilograms.

What Health Issues Can Be A Problem?
Hip Dysplasia - Hip Dysplasia is by definition an ill-fitting hip. This can be caused by having shallow sockets, abnormal heads and necks of the femur and from excessively loose ligaments. Hip Dysplasia is a polygenetic inherited condition that is affected by environmental influences such as weight, diet and exercise, which can interact to cause rapid wear and tear of the hip joint leading to arthritic change.

Eyes - Ectropian - Ectropian (the opposite of entropian) occurs when the lower eyelids roll away from the eyeball. Ectropian is common in breeds with loose facial skin. As the eyeball is insufficiently protected it is open to infection. Surgery is available to correct this problem.

How Child & Family Friendly Are Saints?
they are wonderful around children we call them babysitters, they love babies and are very gentle around children, elderly and little people

A dog needs to be a part of his “human family”. Left to his own devices in the backyard, lonely, bored, uneducated in simple canine good manners and unused to being handled he will eventually be discarded as “unsuitable for the children”.

Puppies must be taught not to use their mouth on humans - even in play. They must be taught to tolerate having their ears, mouth, feet and tail handled and to allow food to be taken from their mouth. All these experiences will help ensure that the puppy is tolerant of any children who perform these actions. Teaching the puppy to sit before being patted will ensure that the dog does not jump for attention and knock children down.

Puppy pre-schools and obedience classes are excellent for the first time dog owner to learn how to get the dog to respond to his wishes.

Young children’s lives are a continuous learning experience – not to play with power points, not to run across the road, not to hit a sibling etc., and learning how to play with the family dog is just as important, yet simple, as learning these other lessons. Although many dogs will tolerate almost any behaviour from children they should not be expected to do so. Children who are not taught that it is very wrong to hit, kick, pinch or torment their own dog may one day meet a dog who is not so tolerant. Children should be seated before picking up a puppy, as a squirming puppy will usually be ropped.

A “safe” area should be provided where the puppy can go for rest and children should be told that they must not disturb him. Over-tired children and dogs both get cranky!

Many families with older dogs face the situation of introducing a new baby to the family dog. Parents are usually well aware of how to prevent an older child from becoming jealous of a new baby and, with very little modification, these same principles can be applied to introducing a new baby into a dog’s routine.

It is part of good parenting to always supervise all activities of babies and small children and their time with the family dog should be no exception. It is the parents who need to show good judgement that both the child and dog are of an age where both can understand how to play gently

 

The best relationship between dogs and children, is between a good natured, kindly child and a good natured, good mannered and trusting dog who will listen to their woes, watch television with them, and love them unconditionally and remain in their memories for the rest of their lives.

 

 

 



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