To give you an idea of why St. Bernards in general are great dogs i found their history so awesome.
The Monastery and hospice were founded by Bernard de Menthon, an Augustine monk. The hospices were located in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. Being the site of heroic rescue tales, it was later named the Great Saint Bernard Pass. The altitude at the Great Saint Bernard Pass is a little more than 8,000 feet above sea level. It was very dangerous for foot travelers journeying to or past the hospice. Being caught on foot in that difficult terrain during bad weather was often fatal, but those who braved the horrible journey, were comforted to know that the hospice was staffed with dedicated monks and their special dogs.Nothing was written about the hospice dogs during the first 700 years of their existence. Many stories surround the formation of the breed. The earliest known depiction of the breed was two paintings done in 1695.
it seems that the unique lifesaving work of the dogs began about the year 1700. It appears that the dogs initially accompanied the monks on mountain patrols after bad snowstorms seeking missing or trapped travelers. The dogs seemed to have had an uncanny sense to detect impending avalanches, consequently the monks wanted the dogs to accompany them while they traversed those perilous footpaths. Somehow the dogs learned rescue techniques from the monks.
Often the dogs had to find people buried in the snow, dig through the overlaying snow, rouse the traveler and lie atop the wayfarer to provide warmth if the traveler was unable to move. Meanwhile, the other dog would return to the hospice to alert the monks that they needed to rescue a trapped pilgrim. Travelers who could still walk would be led back to the hospice by the dogs. The instinct to dig to people buried beneath snow and to rouse those lying in snow is still evident in the breed today.
The dogs had serious work to accomplish; they had to work as a team to save people in trouble. Therefore, the monks made no concession for male aggression toward each other or toward any traveler. This is the same temperament that is implicit in the breed today.
I think this speaks volumes about the breed. Loyal, loving docile dogs, who are great with family and up for any task or adventure as well.
Then to cross them with the poodle, I know I have this info els where but again
1. Less Diseases – Hybrid Vigour
One of the big advantages of a cross is that they tend to be more robust than their purebred parents. This is because of genetics.
And without going into all the technical stuff about how genes flow from parents to pups, just know that the likelihood of genetic diseases reduces dramatically when parents belong to different breeds, as in Poodle mixes.
Poodles are believed to be the second most intelligent breed, after the Border Collie . It is very common for a Poodle cross to inherit that intelligence.
Poodles lack the undercoat of fine hair that most other breeds possess. This has two significant advantages:
1. Firstly, this reduce shedding (since there’s less hair to shed) and,
2. Secondly, it means that no high-allergenic fine hair enters the home environment.
Poodles’ sheding characteristics tend to get carried over to their crosses.
Another big advantage of Poodle mixes is their marked tendency to inherit the hypoallergenic quality of Poodle fur.
Of course, no dog fur is completely non-allergenic, but the fur of Poodles and their crosses tend to have low allergenic properties.
Couple that with the fact that they are low shedders and do not possess the fine undercoat hair layer, and one is left with a combination that most allergy sufferers can tolerate quite well.
The Poodle cross, because of the way genetics works, tend to have personalities that appear to be moderate in comparison to their parents, a characteristic that can be welcomed by an owner not particularly interested in a high-energy dog.
Today, because of their intelligence and low-allergenic fur, Poodle mixes are easily the most popular of the various crosses available.
The size of this cross is expected between 50-80 lbs.
Mom is a smaller St. Bernard. And Our poodle is on the smaller side as well for a standard poodle.
Obviously gender and size of the litter will affect the size of the puppies as well.
So crossing these two, you eliminate not only possible health issues, but the drooling, shedding and heavy coat of the St. Bernard and keep, and heighten the loyalty loving nature of the dog.
I am SUPER excited for this venture into the St. Berdoodle puppies. Please join me and get on our wait list today!