Saint Dane

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155-195 lbs
23-30"
United States
Great Dane
Saint Bernard
Bernadane, Great Bernard

The Saint Dane is not a dog for everyone. They are designer dogs and a mix between a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Great Dane, both giant breeds who are even tempered and protective dogs who make excellent family pets. But they drool, need a lot of space and don’t live very long. They also eat an enormous amount so only people prepared to invest time, money and energy in these dogs should consider getting one. But for those who do, the Saint Dane is a wonderful, friendly and protective companion who loves children and is very affectionate. They are sometimes called Great Bernards or a Bernadane. They do shed quite a bit so will need regular brushing to keep their coats healthy. Common colors include black, white, fawn and brindle and the coat is short and silky.

Purpose
Companion, Sport
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Saint Bernard, Great Dane

Saint Dane Health

Average Size
Height: 25-32 inches Weight: 160-200 lbs
Height: 23-30 inches Weight: 155-195 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Myotonia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Distichiasis
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Saint Dane Breed History

The Saint Dane is a combination of a purebred Saint Bernard and a purebred Great Dane. The Saint Bernard has a long history of alpine rescue and are believed to have saved some 2,000 travellers who were caught in the snow. They also guarded the grounds of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard where they accompanied the monks on rescue missions along St. Bernard Pass through the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. The hospice was founded by Augustine monk St. Bernard de Menthon. The dogs are descendants of the Mastiff-style dogs brought over by the Romans. They were known for their strong sense of smell and could find people who were buried in the snow. They would then lie on them to provide life-saving warmth. One of these dogs called Barry saved the lives of more than 40 people. His body was put on exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Berne, Switzerland in 1815 and is still there today. At one stage they were crossed with the longer-haired Newfoundlands but it was found that ice built up in their longer coats. Saint Bernards were later cross-bred to become thinner and taller and the International Congress of Zurich drew up the first breed standard in 1887. The Great Dane was also developed from Mastiff-type dogs, as originally bred to hunt wild boar. They were originally called Boar Hounds but the name of the breed was changed to "English Dogges” in the 16th century. A French naturalist is credited with giving the breed its current name in the 1700s. He saw a slimmer version of the Boar Hound while in Denmark and called it Grand Danois, which became Great Danish Dog. German breeders later refined the breed and bred out the aggressive tendencies. These days the Great Dane is more of a gentle giant and is laid back and mild-mannered. The breed became popular in other countries and the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889.

Saint Dane Breed Appearance

The Saint Dane is a huge, giant-sized dog weighing up to 200 pounds with a height of up to 32 inches. Common colors include include black, white, fawn and brindle and the coat is usually short and silky. They can have slightly longer coats if they take more after the Saint Bernard parent breed. They are powerfully built dogs who are strong and muscular in contrast to their natures which are gentle and mild. These dogs are known to drool quite a lot which is not for all dog owners. They have soft, brown eyes, ears that hang down and a deep chest.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
White
Fawn
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Saint Dane Breed Maintenance

The Saint Dane does shed a fair amount so will need regular brushing to remove any loose hair and keep their coat healthy. These dogs also drool and slobber quite a bit so you may need to use a cloth or towel to mop up after them. They won’t need to be bathed that often unless they get very dirty. Some shampoos can dry out the skin, so only use a veterinary approved product. It is a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth to prevent dental decay and trim their nails when necessary. Also make it a habit to check the ears for any debris or signs of infection.

Brushes for Saint Dane
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Saint Dane Temperament

Often referred to as a gentle giant, the Saint Dane is an affectionate dog who loves spending time with his family and is great with children. Because of their size, it is a good idea to monitor them around small children in case they accidentally knock them over, but there is no aggression in these dogs. They are loyal and protective and can be a bit wary of strangers initially. They are intelligent outgoing dogs and are easy to train. He is good at listening to commands and is eager to please. Praise and treats will work well and keep your pet motivated. They won’t respond well to shouting and are quite sensitive dogs. They are good with other pets and despite their early hunting ancestry are not known to chase smaller animals. They are energetic dogs but don’t need huge amounts of exercise and will be happy to laze around the house while you are at work.

Saint Dane Activity Requirements

Saint Danes are very active dogs who will love going for long walks or hikes. They will enjoy a trip to a dog park or to the beach but mostly love spending time with the family. These dogs will also enjoy obedience and agility training. They are prone to obesity so daily exercise is a must. An unsocialized Saint Dane can be very stubborn and hard to control because of their size. These dogs are not suited to living in an apartment and will need a garden to run around in. They can be quite sensitive to extreme weather so don’t over-exert them in the summer and make sure they are inside in winter.

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

Saint Dane Food Consumption

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

Saint Dane Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 90 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 87 lbs
12 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 135 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 131 lbs
18 Months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 180 lbs
Height: 26 inches Weight: 175 lbs

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