Saint Bernewfie

95-175 lbs
United States
Saint Bernard

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.

Companion, Sporting, Working
Date of Origin
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
Nose Color Possibilities
black Saint Bernewfie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Saint Bernewfie coat
brown Saint Bernewfie coat
red Saint Bernewfie coat
white Saint Bernewfie coat
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
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

21 Months
3 People
They are very loyal and affectionate dogs who love to be with their owners and family
1 month, 3 weeks ago
11 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
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.
4 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
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!
7 months ago
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