1- Do St. Bernards make a good Pet for a family with children?
Yes, if they are raised from a puppy with the children, and of course some adults can fit into a family with children but I have always thought it best for a family with children to get a puppy.
2- Do all St. Bernards Drool? Yes, but they shouldn't drool or slobber excessively if their mouths are formed correctly. Now, if their mouths are not formed correctly then yes, they could drool excessively and that is incorrect for this breed.
3-How is the best way to go about finding a good puppy, one with as few genetic problems as possible. First of all you should do a lot of reading, about Dog's in general and then about this particular breed. So that you will know and understand Dog Terms. Of course you can research the Internet, but you can't trust everything that you find on the Internet either, so do a lot of studying first. Look at pictures in books like The St. Bernard Classic which I think is the very Best book on St. Bernards. Then find a Breeder who has been around for a long time and has a lot of experience and knowledge about The St. Bernard Dog. then read the St. Bernard Breed Standard, until you understand it so you can see short-comings for yourself in dog's that you see in photo's or in person.
4- How should I select a good Breeder? Well, certainly not by how popular they are or how many Dog Clubs they are in. Being a good Breeder means Dedication to this breed. A breeder who has for sure been in Saints for many years and has a breeding program, that has proven itself by producing many Top Quality dog's. The Better the Quality the more chance youhave a getting a good quality puppy.
5- What determines how good or bad a puppy is? This is real Simple! There are only two things that determine how good or how bad a puppy or dog is. Number one is How good is the pup's or dog's Pedigree meaning how good did those dog's in that pedigree match up to The St. Bernard Breed Standard. And number two the Individual, and how good does it match up to The St. Bernard Breed Standard. There is absolutely nothing else that determines the Qualityof a puppy or dog but those two things, so don't allow anyone to Brainwash you into thinking differently.
6- Do I need to visit the kennel I want to get my puppy from to see the sire and dam first? This is okay to do if you are close enough to that particular kennel, and if it's okay at that time with the breeder. But, remember you seeing the sire and dam is not going to tell you the whole story, and especially if you are a Novice to begin with. You need to be alble to trust what ever breeder you choose to buy from so that they can help you with advise to rasie a Healthy and therefore happy puppy.
7- Does the breeder of my new puppy have to be a member of particular Clubs? NO, unless you want to become a member of a social group yourself at some point in time. Just because a so called breeder is a member of some Club/Clubs does not mean they are experts in this Breed, now there are some very knowledgeable breeders who are in Clubs, but there are also some knowledgeable breeders who are not in Clubs. And you buying a puppy from some Club member does not make your puppy any better quality.
8- Why do so many Breeders run other breeders down so much? That's just the Dog Game. I have seen this happening now for all the years I have been in Saints, even though if they are Clubs members they are not supposed to do this, but I have been asked this question a lot in recent years.
I will add more questions as time goes on, and I sincerely hope this helps someone understand.
If you would like to ask me any questions about your St. Bernard puppy or grown dog feel free to contact me by email
Yours In Saints,
Cheryl Healy Ricketts