Saint Shepherd

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85-140 lbs
25-28"
United States
Saint Bernard
German Shepherd
The Saint Shepherd is a mix of the German Shepherd and the Saint Bernard. These are both large dogs so the Saint Shepherd is usually large or giant, standing about 28 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds on average. This is a friendly and outgoing dog who loves children and other dogs but must be socialized when young. They may drool a lot like the Saint Bernard if they have the loose jowls but this is uncommon in this breed. They are usually easy to train and very obedient with a wonderfully laid-back personality. The Saint Shepherd is a great family pet and guard dog but does shed a lot so you will need to brush her often.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
German Shepherd and Saint Bernard

Saint Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Saint Shepherd size stats
Height: 28-31 inches Weight: 95-150 lbs
Female Saint Shepherd size stats
Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 85-140 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Pannus
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Perianal Fistula
  • Degenerative Myopathy (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test

Saint Shepherd Breed History

The Saint Shepherd is still rare since it has not been around very long so you have to look at the backgrounds of the parent breeds, the German Shepherd and Saint Bernard. The German Shepherd originated in Germany in the late 19th century as a working farm dog to herd and guard the livestock. They are fearless and loyal so they make excellent guard dogs for both the cattle and the family. The German Shepherd was developed by Max von Stephanitz, a captain in the German Calvary. He reportedly bred the German Shepherd from local shepherd breeds with different varieties of hair. Besides working on farms, they were used to deliver supplies to the military during WWI and became greatly respected due to their courage and bravery. The German Shepherd was originally named the German Sheepdog and was changed to Shepherd by the American Kennel Club when they were officially accepted in 1908. The German Shepherd Dog Club of America was born in 1913 by Anne Tracy and Ben Throop in Connecticut and the breed is still the 2nd most common dog breed in the United States. Originally from Switzerland, the Saint Bernard has been guarding and rescuing people since 980 A.D. They are thought to be bred from the Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Great Dane, and the Tibetan Mastiff. According to the legends, the breed started out in the Swiss Alps and were named after their founder, Saint Bernard de Menthon. Switzerland hospitals used these giant dogs to assist people who were travelling through dangerous Alpine areas between Italy and Switzerland. They were also used to rescue victims of avalanches and other disasters because of their uncanny ability to smell a person buried underneath the snow. The dogs worked in teams and when a victim was found, one dog would stay with them and keep them warm while the other would go get help. One famous Saint Bernard, Barry, was known for saving over 40 victims between 1800 and 1810. They were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1885 where they are the 49th most well-liked dog in America. 

Saint Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Saint Shepherd is a large to giant breed that may get up to 150 pounds with a massive head, floppy ears, dark brown oval eyes, and a short to medium muzzle with a black nose. They have a thick and well-muscled body with strong legs, a straight back, large feet, and arched toes. Their face is usually dark brown or black while the rest of them is either white, brown, and black; white and brown; or black and brown. The Saint Shepherd has a thick double coat that keeps them warm in cold weather but can cause overheating when it gets hot outside.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Saint Shepherd eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Saint Shepherd nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Saint Shepherd coat
Black
brown Saint Shepherd coat
Brown
pied Saint Shepherd coat
Pied
sable Saint Shepherd coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Saint Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Saint Shepherd Breed Maintenance

You will need to use a pin brush or hard bristle brush and metal comb on your Saint Shepherd at least four or five times a week. They have a thick double coat that can get matted so you have to be sure to brush them often. Also, if you do not brush them often enough, you may end up with more hair on your furniture than on your dog. They only need to be bathed once a month or so and bathing them more often can cause them to have dry skin and irritation. You should also trim your Saint Shepherd’s nails when needed so they do not split. Her teeth need care as well; brush them as often as you can but at the very least, three times a week.
Brushes for Saint Shepherd
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Saint Shepherd requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Saint Shepherd Temperament

This gentle giant has the looks of a guard dog and can be trained to protect the family but they are typically very well behaved and loving. With their Saint Bernard temperament, they enjoy playing with everyone and are good caregivers as well. However, they are large dogs so you have to watch them with little children to avoid accidents. You can train them quite easily to do just about anything due to their quick learning and intelligence. They are diligent and obedient with the desire to please their humans. If you do happen to get a stubborn dog, just be consistent and patient and she will eventually come around to your way of thinking.

Saint Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Saint Shepherd has a tendency to become overweight if they do not get enough exercise so you should take them out for a walk once or twice a day and let them run around in a fenced area for a couple hours as well. They typically need about 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous activity on a daily basis to stay mentally and physically sharp. Without enough exercise, they can also become bored or anxious and develop bad habits like excessive barking or aggression. Some good activities for your Saint Shepherd include swimming, hiking, obedience and agility training, playing fetch, and playing with other dogs at the dog park.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
18 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Saint Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4.5 cups
Daily Cost
$3.2 - $4
Monthly Cost
$96 - $120

Saint Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Saint Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Saint Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 55 lbs
12 Months
Male Saint Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Female Saint Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Male Saint Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 29 inches Weight: 122 lbs
Female Saint Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 112 lbs

Saint Shepherd Owner Experiences

Lucy (Narnia)
9 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Lucy was adopted from an ill home, but you would never know it. She has always been so sweet, if timid, and loves to explore on the farm. She is definitely the best farm dog we have- her adventures never lead her to the neighbor's property, she always returns unharmed, and is the least hostile towards the horses and cats.
2 weeks ago
Gus (for Humongous)
7 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tugging rope, going for walks
Gus was easily trained as a puppy and even as recently as last year. He caught on to a trick after 3 tries. He is so smart that he knows when to engage in shenanigans quickly without being caught in the moment. He's great with our cats and very patient with children of all ages. 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with a type of sarcoma that we caught early. Just recently he has had difficulty walking. We're awaiting radiology results, but fear the worst for his right hip and shoulder.
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Elias
2 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
running,
Napping
Fetch
So far, so good. We have had him for just a couple of days and he is so intelligent and picks up on so much.
3 weeks, 5 days ago
bagera and balou
2 Years
6 People
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very fun will not play fight with human overly loving great companions they are brothers and love small kids very gentle
3 months, 1 week ago
Leo
3 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch, training and tug of war
He is being a great companion, easy to train. He bites a lot so cant let him play with my kid when he is full of energy. He is super fluffy and needs a lot of daily attention and care to make him exercise and train.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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