How Much Does a Saint Bernard Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

The Saint Bernard, artistically known to wear a keg around its neck, is one of the largest working dogs available today, weighing anywhere from 130 to 180 pounds, and this breed is well known for its size, dark eyes, and its long tail.

Founded in AD 980, these gentle giants were initially used as search and rescue dogs and can be considered a clumsy, lovable giant.  Able to sense danger and direction, this breed can make a wonderful companion and worker.

A Saint Bernard by Brad.K, on Flickr
A Saint Bernard” (CC BY 2.0) by  Brad.K

How much does a Saint Bernard cost?

The cost of a saint bernard will depend on the age, quality, breeder, parents and geographical location. On average, based on these factors, a Saint Bernard puppy can cost anywhere from $850 to as much as $1,500.  AKC registered saint bernard puppies can be as much as $2,500.

On PuppyFind, an online classified website that focuses on dogs, has listings for saint bernard puppies for $700 to more than $1,200.

Saint Bernard overview

A member of the Mastiff family, the saint bernard is tall, powerful and known for its large head.

Reputable breeders will include a health guarantee, a medical checkup from a reputable veterinarian, up to date vaccinations, dewormed, a travel crate if being shipped and sometimes, a smaller starter pack that includes a sample pack of dog food and toys.  If it’s a pedigree, official paperwork will be included as well.  Some breeders may also microchip the dog before the adoption is complete.

The saint bernard’s coat can come in two varieties:  smooth or short-haired, and the rough or longhaired.  Regardless of the coat, each will be dense in texture and will be resistant to water.  The majority of coats will be a combination of tan, which can range from a light brown to a deeper red, and white or brindle and white.

The modern day saint bernards can weigh 150 to more than 250 pounds and measure about 25 to 28 inches tall, with males being about three inches taller on average.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping a dog out of state via an airline can cost anywhere from $150 to $400, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel.

Routine dog maintenance such as dog food, shelter, toys, accessories and routine/unexpected vet visits.  Due to the dog’s size, you will find yourself spending at least three times the amount when compared to a smaller dog.

These dogs tend to shed their coat twice a year, so be sure to brush them on a weekly basis.  Grooming sessions are recommended every month to keep the coat looking healthy and the shedding at a minimum amount.  Refrain from bathing too often since the shampoo can strip the coat of its natural oils.

The dog must be socialized at a younger age due to its size.  While they are easy to train, failing to do so consistently, may lead to unnecessary jumping or improper crate training.  Because of this, experts recommend you sign up your dog for obedience classes to teach them the basics such as sit, heel and stay.  Obedience classes can start at $80 per group of classes.

Tips to know:

Saint Bernards can eat upwards of 12 cups of food a day.

Be sure to train this particular breed as early as possible.  Due to its size, this can be an unsafe dog around children and other humans if not trained correctly.  Most experts state that this dog can be very easy to train as long as they are trained at an early age.

The dog is known to be very loyal, friendly and very powerful.  They are intelligent, and while imposing in size, they are known to be mild mannered.

Separation anxiety is fairly common for this breed.  Those who leave the house often may find the dog will either bark or howl while away.

They are able to get along well with both children and other pets.

All larger breeds, including the saint bernard, suffer from hip dysplasia, heart disease, tumors and skin conditions.  They can also suffer from bloat due to their deep chests.

It’s known to drool and never believe a breeder who claims they have a “dry mouth” saint bernard.

Its life span can range from eight to 10 years, depending on its lifestyle and health.

It’s recognized by the ACA, ACR, AKC ANKC, APRI, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NAPR, NKC NZKC and UKC.

A long walk each day is recommended in terms of exercise and will do relatively find in a smaller yard.  They have a lower tolerance for hot weather as they tend to snore and wheeze when temperatures are too high.

The AKC says this is the 50th most popular dog breed as of 2017.

This is the dog breed from the movie, Beethoven.

How can I save money?

If you don’t mind an older dog, consider checking local shelters or a specialized st bernard rescue group.

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