The Saint Berxer breed has been around since about 2008, making them an exceptionally new designer breed that’s making a lot of families very happy. They are gentle giants of the dog world and are a mix between a Boxer and a Saint Bernard. As a result, they are an affectionate, loving, loyal and excitable large dog that can grow upwards of 100 pounds. However, unlike a purebred Boxer, Saint Berxers do not require extended amounts of exercise. Instead, it is better for their health to engage them in short bursts of activity of around 20 to 30 minutes. If you’re short for ideas on how to entertain your beautiful Saint Berxer, here are a few ideas.
Not every Saint Berxer is going to like water, but if yours does, then playing water fetch is going to provide them with some much-appreciated excitement for a beautiful summer’s day. Not all Boxers enjoy playing in bodies of water, nor do all Saint Bernards. Therefore, it can be hit or miss whether your mixed breed is going to take to it right away either. However, on a hot sunny day, there’s no harm in taking 20 minutes out of your day to find out. All you need is water, a toy, and plenty of space to get started.
Both the Boxer and Saint Bernard are intelligent dogs – even if the Boxer tends to hide their intelligence well. Therefore, if you want to offer plenty of mental stimulation to a dog that could traditionally track scents well, then a game of tracking could be on the cards. All you will need are either treats or a toy – and you can start. A toy is going to be a better option for dogs that are a little on the chubby side. Around 20 or 30 minutes is also ample time spent on this task, and you can carry it out inside or outside.
Saint Berxers are large dogs that are sometimes susceptible to joint problems. Therefore, they don’t require a lot of exercise for extended periods. What’s more, you only need to provide young pups with short bursts of activity and try to discourage anything to do with jumping. Because of their low exercise requirements, they are the perfect family pet for people who don’t have time to head out every day for two-hour walks or long runs. They are more than happy to hang out with their humans, benefiting from a half-hour walk in the sunshine every day. Just don’t forget their leash or a doggy waste bag to clean up after them.
Saint Berxers love to go for a ride in the car, but it’s not something every owner can offer. If you have a car large enough to accommodate the breed and don’t mind the shedding, the snoring, or the drool, then there’s every reason to let them hop in for the journey. It doesn’t matter where you take them, a short trip in the car is a fun and exciting adventure for a Saint Berxer.
If your local dog park has a large dog enclosure, then your Saint Berxer will love spending time with other dogs there. However, 20 minutes is plenty of time to let them burn off steam while making sure they are playing nicely with all dogs. Saint Berxers are typically very good with all dogs, but you do need to socialize them early on.
If you want your Saint Berxer to go berserk with excitement, then try out any of these activities we’ve included above. While they don’t need a lot of activity, a small amount is enough to satisfy their craving, while making them feel like they’re the luckiest pup in the world.