Saint Bernewfie

95-175 lbs
25-30"
United States
Saint Bernard
Newfoundland

These are large dogs but very loving and gentle. The Saint Bernewfie is a designer dog and is a mix between a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Newfoundland. They weigh up to 180 pounds with a height of up to 33 inches so can look quite intimidating but are actually very sweet and excellent with children. Although they are protective of their families, the Saint Bernewfie is more of a gentle giant and is not aggressive. They need to spend a lot of time with their families and won’t do well if left alone in a backyard. They can be a little stubborn at times so early socialization and training will help with this. They do drool and shed so will suit people who won’t be bothered by this. Common colors include black, brown, red and white and the coat can be coarse and rough or smooth, and is water-repellent.

Purpose
Companion, Sporting, Working
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Saint Bernard, Newfoundland

Saint Bernewfie Health

Average Size
Male Saint Bernewfie size stats
Height: 27-33 inches Weight: 100-180 lbs
Female Saint Bernewfie size stats
Height: 25-30 inches Weight: 95-175 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Pyotraumatic Dermatitis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Saint Bernewfie Breed History

The Saint Bernewfie is a combination of a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Newfoundland. The Saint Bernard was bred as a working dog in the Alps in Switzerland and Italy and are renowned for their rescue work at the Great and Little St. Bernard Pass. Their ancestors are likely to have been Mastiff-type dogs that arrived with the Roman army.  The Saint Bernard is recognized internationally as one of the Molosser breeds. Archdeacon Bernard of Menthon founded a hospice which was believed to be guarded by these dogs who also helped with finding lost travellers. At one stage the dogs were crossed with Newfoundlands but the longer hair didn’t suit the conditions there. The dogs were said to have rescued more than 2000 travellers with one dog in particular, named Barry, saving 40 alone. The Swiss Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1880 while the Saint Bernard Club of America was formed eight years later.  The Newfoundland breed originated in Newfoundland in Canada and were working dogs on fishing boats. They are excellent swimmers and with their thick double coat and webbed feet excel at water rescue. One is credited with saving Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 when he was knocked overboard while trying to escape from the island of Elba where he was in exile. Known affectionately as Newfs' or Newfies, these dogs share many traits with other Mastiffs, such as the Saint Bernard and English Mastiff. At one stage numbers of the dogs in Newfoundland plummeted when the government imposed taxes on Canadian families who were only allowed to keep one dog. The white and black Newfoundlands are referred to as the Landseer in recognition of Sir Edwin Landseer who used to paint them. The first Newfoundland was shown in England in 1860 and the breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1879. One of the best known Newfoundlands is Nana who was the Darling children’s much-loved and protective “nanny” in Peter Pan.

Saint Bernewfie Breed Appearance

The Saint Bernewfie is giant-sized dog weighing up to 180 pounds with a height of up to 33 inches. Common colors include black, brown, red and white and the coat can be coarse and rough or smooth, and is water-repellent. They can be short or long-haired. They are strong, muscular dogs with a broad head and soft, intelligent dark brown eyes and a black nose. Depending on which parent breed the Saint Bernewfie most takes after, their muzzle can be square and short like the Newfoundland or slightly longer after the Saint Bernard. This breed is known to slobber and drool, so it’s a good idea to have a cloth ready especially after meals otherwise you may be sprayed with saliva.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Saint Bernewfie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Saint Bernewfie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Saint Bernewfie coat
Black
brown Saint Bernewfie coat
Brown
red Saint Bernewfie coat
Red
white Saint Bernewfie coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Saint Bernewfie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Saint Bernewfie Breed Maintenance

The Saint Bernewfie, which has a thick, water-resistant coat that can be short or long, does shed a fair bit so will need brushing two or three times a week to keep looking good. These dogs have a tendency to get dirty and their coats attract things like burs which should be brushed out. They also drool everywhere so need someone who is not averse to mopping up after them. Even though they can get dirty and muddy, don’t bath them too often as it will will strip away necessary oils in their fur. The ears should also be checked for any bits of debris that may be caught and the teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent bad breath. The nails can be trimmed if they aren’t worn down naturally.

Brushes for Saint Bernewfie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Saint Bernewfie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Saint Bernewfie Temperament

Don’t be fooled by their size. The Saint Bernewfie is a gentle, sweet, lovable dog that is very tolerant with children. They are very playful dogs but care needs to be taken with smaller children in case they get hurt. Children need to be taught how to behave around a dog to stop any bad behavior like teasing or pulling tails. The Saint Bernewfie is not a dog that will be content spending a lot of time by itself. They will do best with their families and will need both mental and physical stimulation to be happy. Because they are such huge dogs, it is vital to take them to socialization and training classes from when they are puppies. They can be a bit stubborn but are intelligent dogs and results will come gradually provided they get plenty of praise. They are protective of their families and will bark a warning when strangers approach but are not aggressive dogs. The Saint Bernewfie is quite an energetic dog but won’t need tons of exercise as long as they can spend time with you.

Saint Bernewfie Activity Requirements

A Saint Bernewfie is an energetic dog who will need daily exercise but it won’t need to be strenuous. These dogs, with their working ancestry, need mental stimulation to prevent them getting bored which can lead to destructive behavior. They will enjoy going for walks or for a romp on the beach and will also thrive on dog sports. Your dog is likely to enjoy going for a swim which is great exercise for a big dog as it doesn’t put any strain on their joints. Because of their size, the Saint Bernewfie is not suited to living in an apartment. They don’t need a huge garden but will like to have space to run around. These dogs do better in colder weather and don’t tolerate the heat.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Saint Bernewfie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Saint Bernewfie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Saint Bernewfie size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Female Saint Bernewfie size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 67 lbs
12 Months
Male Saint Bernewfie size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 105 lbs
Female Saint Bernewfie size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 86 lbs
18 Months
Male Saint Bernewfie size stats at 18 months
Height: 30 inches Weight: 140 lbs
Female Saint Bernewfie size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 135 lbs

Saint Bernewfie Owner Experiences

Luna
7 Weeks
5 People
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Our mama passed while giving birth her uterus ruptured, while the vet was sewing her up she sadly had a heart attack , she Was 8 years old and our Newfador got her pregnant because of our st. bernards age this was unintentional she had 12 pups 9 made it at first . We had to bottle feed them and help them potty We lost two more pups , one due to meningitis, U Of I did Autopsy it was Not contagious, and an actual exact cause was unknown , one other pup later had to be put to sleep she had liver and digestive Issue as well as some chest / rib deformity, and would have seizures often This was very hard For our family as we spent so much time being The mama they had lost , feedings starting every two hours then four hours ect... now 7 pups very healthy just had the 6 week vet visit last week are doing great The biggest is now 11.6 pounds Our runt was at 9 pounds Im sure they are Bigger ever now last weight check . They have been off the Bottle feeding for a week and half or so a couple Were A little slower , and they get their softened Iams puppy chow and Puppy formula In a bowl and are doing Great . Its been alot of cleaning And care and bathing making sure they were safe and could not be outside on the ground Or on a floor where people shoes had Been walking until they were old enough to get the 6 weeks shots , to proptect them from any and all sickness They could Get and maybe not make it through sinse they did not get the mama colostrum and milk they Did not have as strong of immune Systems that could fight off parvo and other things ect.. if they had got all the nutrients and such from her but they have the first puppy shots and are Great we can take them outside And play and teaching potty time. We Love them all and we miss our St. bernard Athena So much But we took care of her babies For her and still are They are adorable And healthy growing and Fun. I am keeping One And my 18 year old Is Keeping one As well and another Is Going to be Homed With my 13 year olds dad . So we get to keep them close to us We love this . It has been an expensive Experience and alot of time But the reward Of these pups And to have athena Live on Through them It is All worth it. Thanks for Letting me share our story maybe It will in some way help others.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Abby
8 Weeks
6 People
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Tug-of-war
It’s been great! Haven’t quite yet crate trained her but she is learning very quickly that the crate is a good place.
3 months ago
Molly
Nine Weeks
2 People
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Molly rides well in the car— she is good with children and adults- Molly is affectionate and is a sweet baby
3 months, 4 weeks ago
Indy
8 Weeks
2 People
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sleep
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Indy is an adorably cute fluff ball who is so snoozy and chilled. Picks up training and tricks really well and loves to play with her toys...loves sleep even more! At 9.6kg already she’s a chunky girl but she fits into the family perfectly!
5 months, 1 week ago
Bear
9 Weeks
2 People
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Only had our beautiful Bear two days but he gets on great with our 7 month old Labradoodle Bitch Bo. At the moment he’s very affectionate but mostly following Bo everywhere. Eats everything and drinks soooo much, tinkles every where not very good with the puppy pads as yet but early days
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Athena
5 Months
2 People
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Athena is one of the friendliest and smartest dogs I've ever owned. She is loving and quick to learn new tricks and commands as long as she is rewarded with a snack. She will eat any and everything she can.She loves going on walks thru the woods.Her nose never stops which can get her in trouble.
6 months ago
Jasper
4 Months
3 People
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Relaxing
Walking,
He is super friendly dog and very loving but get distractracted and stubborn easily
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Sir Winston
5 Years
6 People
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A true gentle giant, who enjoys laying in front of anywhere I have to go.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Pena
3 Years
4 People
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Swim
Best dog ever. BIG, furry, gente and protector.
10 months, 1 week ago
Belle
2 Years
2 People
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Belle loves swimming. We take her on the boat in the summer and let her swim at the sand bar. She enjoys the boat rides too. She is very food oriented and will eat anything! she is a dominate female and I need to make sure she knows that I am in charge and not her!
11 months, 1 week ago
Captain
3 Years
2 People
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playing with other dogs
Running
Belly rubs
Captain is an AMAZING dog. Incredibly smart to the point that we are convinced he understands the English language. A gentle giant is how we describe how to anyone who meets him. He shows his emotions on his face extremely well and is a total lover boy.
11 months, 4 weeks ago
Sully
1 Year
4 People
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swimming
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Sully is very loving and a proper dog for hugs and play fights. However only get a Saint Bernard cross Newfoundland if you are willing to brush relatively frequently and don’t mind the occasional bruise from their large body mass - what may feel a gentle nudge from a border collie can sometimes feel like a double decker bus from these affectionate characters. That being said I couldn’t ask for more from a dog and if you are able to support their size, you should not have any regrets in bringing one of these beauties back to your house - they are real celebrities in a local community
1 year, 2 months ago
Bentley
16 Months
3 People
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Amazing around people. He wants to be friends with everyone and every dog he meets. Extremely loyal and just a big teddy bear.
1 year, 5 months ago
Biggz
4 Years
7 People
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Petting him
He is nice and super duper kyoot
1 year, 7 months ago
Piper
14 Weeks
2 People
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Tug of war
Daily training
Love her energetic affectionate personality.
1 year, 7 months ago
Stanley
21 Months
3 People
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They are very loyal and affectionate dogs who love to be with their owners and family
1 year, 11 months ago
Boomer
11 Weeks
4 People
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While just a pup, Boomer is sweet, loves his new fam, and responds to training (treats help!). He thrives on attention from his loved ones and seeks out hugs and scratches regularly.
2 years, 1 month ago
Moose
3 Years
4 People
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Moose is a big lovable bear with the small kids but an intimidating and cautious guardian with strangers. He is hesitant around new adults but has never met a child that he didn't love instantly!
2 years, 4 months ago
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