Golden Saint

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100-200 lbs
30-36"
United States
Golden Retriever
Saint Bernard

The Golden Saint is a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Saint Bernard. Truly the definition of a “gentle giant”, the Golden Saint has the size of the Saint Bernard with a wonderful combination of loving and even tempered traits from both the Saint Bernard and the Golden Retriever. Maintaining the looks of both parent breeds, the Golden Saint is a large dog with a strong body, almond shaped eyes, and long, dense fur. Coloring can range from yellow, black, chocolate, white, brindle, speckled, spotted, and merle. Despite his large size, this breed may be well suited for an apartment or smaller home and they make the perfect companion regardless of your level of experience. With a gentle and calm disposition, the Golden Saint lives by his name! He is easy to train, gets along well with everyone, and makes the perfect snuggling companion on long winter nights. Despite the fact that his large size doesn’t make him extremely athletic, the Golden Saint does still require quite a bit of exercise due to both parent breeds being working dogs. Keep in mind that he will also shed quite often, so while he is low maintenance, a lot of brushing will be required. Overall, if you are looking for a large, loyal, easy going, friendly dog who is great with kids the Golden Saint may be the perfect fit for you. 

Purpose
Companion and Working Animal
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Golden Retriever and Saint Bernard

Golden Saint Health

Average Size
Height: 30-36 inches Weight: 100-220 lbs
Height: 30-36 inches Weight: 100-200 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Histiocytosis
  • Ectropion
  • Diabetes
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cutaneous Asthenia
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Entropion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Dermoid Sinus
  • Microphthalmia
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Heart
  • Dna For Vwd
  • (Dna Test For Pra)
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Golden Saint Breed History

The Golden Saint is a relatively new hybrid breed that, unfortunately, doesn’t have a well-developed origin story yet. Despite this fact, we do know a lot about his parent breeds, the Golden Retriever and the Saint Bernard. Because of these back stories, we can get an idea of what the Golden Saint’s personality, appearance, and popularity may someday develop into.  First, the Golden Retriever was developed in the 18th century by Lord Tweedmouth of Scotland. The idea was to create the perfect model of a retriever with qualities such as, a great nose, high intelligence, and an eager to please attitude solely focused on the master. The Golden Retriever has been a favorite of many individuals ever since his existence began. His even tempered personality and bright, loving eyes can melt any heart without trying too hard. The Golden was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1925 and is now the 3rd most popular dog breed around. They are used primarily for hunting, show, and companionship.  It is now time to look at the gentle giant side of the Golden Saint; the Saint Bernard. While this large dog never actually wore a keg of brandy around his neck, as depicted in some cartoons and movies) he did indeed offer support to stranded travelers up in the Swiss Alps. He was first created to be a farm dog by those who lived in the Alps, but eventually the Saint Bernard was gifted to the Monks of the Swiss Hospice in 1670. The large dogs first acted as guards for the monks against bandits, but when the monks realized the large dog had a keen sense of smell, they began to breed the Saint Bernards to aid in finding lost travelers up in the mountains. Through careful breeding the dogs became larger, with thicker and more waterproofed hair to keep them well protected against the dangers of the mountains. Hundreds of years later, with their excellent rescue skills proceeding them, the Saint Bernard made its way into the United States during the 1800’s and slowly grew to become one of the most popular breeds around. Today these dogs are used as companions, show animals, and work dogs all over the world. When combining these two unique parent breeds, we end up with a large, gentle, and beautiful dog that has a heart of gold. The Golden Saint makes a wonderful family dog due to his calm nature and easy trainability. Although his size may be large, with careful training and plenty of chances to go outside for some fresh air, the Golden Saint can live in any size home and any area without any problem at all. 

Golden Saint Breed Appearance

Because the Golden Saint is a hybrid mix between two different dogs, his appearance and personality can vary greatly even within the same litter. Despite this fact, the typical Golden Saint will have the body type of the Saint Bernard while maintaining the facial features of the Golden Retriever. His coat is very long and thick, being waterproof against all kinds of weather. This means that he will shed often and tends to do better in colder weather; too hot of environment will cause him to overheat very easily. This breeds ears are loose and folded, framing a strong jaw and stout muzzle. The eyes are almond shaped and full of intelligence; typically, being a light to dark brown color. Although this breed may be quite large, he will usually resemble a Golden Retriever more than a Saint Bernard. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Pied
Brown
Brindle
Cream
Red
White
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Saint Breed Maintenance

Although the Golden Saint does tend to shed quite often, this is a low maintenance breed that only needs brushing to keep the shedding down and remain tangle free. Brush your Golden Saint at least 3 times a week to remove any loose hair and dirt that may be lying on the body. Bathing only needs to occur every few months or so, as this breed does not have a bad doggy odor. Keep in mind that it is very important to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears after bathing or swimming, as moisture can easily get trapped in the folded over ears of the Golden Saint. When extra moisture is left behind, ear infections and irritation can occur. Besides bathing and brushing, be sure to clip your dog’s nails every few weeks in order to keep the paws healthy and snag free.

Brushes for Golden Saint
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Saint Temperament

Golden Saint takes after both of his parent breeds in the best of ways. He is gentle, obedient, eager to please, calm, and very loyal. Due to this breeds intelligence and easy-going manner, he is very easy to train; making him an excellent choice for any new dog owner. On top of this, neither the Golden Retriever or the Saint Bernard are big barkers, meaning that your Golden Saint shouldn’t be either. However, just like the Saint Bernard is good watch dog, the Golden Saint will protect your home by alerting you with a bark if anything suspicious occurs. Despite the large size of this breed, he is not aggressive and is very gentle with both children and other pets. Early training and socialization is still very important, as it is for any dog, to teach good manners and behaviors at all times. If you are looking for a great companion dog that is also an easy going, dependable work dog the Golden Saint may be the perfect fit for you.

Golden Saint Activity Requirements

When it comes to mixing dog breeds, you never can be sure exactly what personality you may be getting. With the Golden Saint, however, you can bet that the result will be a calm and even tempered dog that is relatively low energy for his size. While the Golden Saint is a very large dog, he doesn’t have much of the athleticism of the Golden Retriever, so just a couple 30-40 minutes of exercise should be enough to keep him happy and contented. A few examples of physical activities you can do with your Golden Saint may be a very long walk, playing fetch in the yard, and training. By using mental stimulation as well as physical, you will actually tire out your dog much faster. Training is a very important element to any dog’s exercise routine that shouldn’t be overlooked. Because the Golden Saint is a bigger dog, he would prefer space to move around freely; so apartments may not be the best choice. However, this being said, the Golden Saint has a wonderful personality for any size of home so if you have the dedication to take him to parks for exercise, an apartment will work just fine!

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Golden Saint Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

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