The Saint Dane: A Complete Guide

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The Saint Dane is an enthusiastic dog that, despite its intimidating size, is extremely affectionate and gentle with its owners, families, and especially with kids.

The fact that you have come upon this article means either of two things: either you have recently decided to get a dog and are shortlisting breeds, or you are specifically interested in getting a Saint Dane.

Whatever the case, what a lot of people do not know about this hybrid pooch is that it has very specific needs, and not everyone can fit the criteria required to own and raise a Saint Dane.

Before we decide whether or not this breed is good for you, let’s look into its origins and get an idea of where it comes from.

The Saint Dane is a designer breed, meaning that it was deliberately bred for certain purposes.

While there is no confirmed source telling us exactly why the first of this kind was produced, we can gauge a lot about the uses and traits of the Saint Dane by looking at each of its parents individually.

The Saint Dane is the product puppy of the ancient Great Dane and the Swiss Saint Bernard. Alternate names for this crossbreed are Great Bernard and Bernadane.

Saint Bernards have a vast history as rescue dogs. On the other hand, the Great Dane was originally bred to be a hunting dog.

Over the years, the Saint Bernard started being used more for guarding purposes, while the Great Dane was refined to curb its aggressiveness and develop it into a gentle family dog.

Both these breeds are excellent with kids and possess a mild and affectionate nature. These are kind dogs that will protect their families from any imminent dangers.

It only makes sense that the offspring of such canines will be a mixture of calm temperament and a vigilant streak.

Let us go into further detail about the variety of qualities that this canine holds.

The Saint Dane Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown and white Saint Dane lying down
The Saint Dane is a highly energetic dog.

Before you begin to measure your compatibility with Saint Dane, see if you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Can I afford to pay for a Saint Dane puppy?
  • How will I get in touch with a reliable breeder for the Saint Dane?
  • Is the Saint Dane the right kind of pet for my lifestyle?

If you agree with the answers to these questions, you can move on to the next step of deciding whether you’re a good candidate for the Saint Dane.

What price are the Saint Dane puppies?

Saint Dane puppies can cost as low as $150 to as high as $1000. The price of a good quality Saint Dane puppy is not expected to exceed the $1000 mark.

A lot of factors will determine the price that is quoted to you, including the intentions of the breeder.

Other costs that go into maintaining this dog include $485 to $600 a year in medical expenses and $510 to $600 of other expenses per year.

How to find reputable Saint Dane breeders?

Do not get intimidated by the process of finding a good breeder.

In fact, with some helpful tips, you will save yourself a lot of time and effort by being able to tell apart an honest breeder from one that is only selling puppies to make big bucks.

The first step that you should take when you contact the breeder is to ask to meet in person, and also to see the parents of the puppy.

An honest breeder will be willing to let you meet with the parent dogs, for he/she knows this is important to let you get a fair idea of the personality and physical traits that will show in the pup.

The second important step in this meeting should be to ask the breeder to show proof of health tests carried out on both parents of the puppy, and preferably the grandparents as well.

Make sure that you are provided with all certified documents that attest to the good health of your new pet.

Additionally, have an elaborate Q&A session with your breeder where you both address your concerns about the well-being and the quality of life of the puppy in its new home.

3 Little-known facts about the Saint Dane puppies

Read these additional pieces of information to better gauge your standing as a suitable owner for the Saint Dane:

  • Grooming this breed will require substantial effort

The Saint Dane will require substantial care every day to keep its coat healthy.

These dogs can be quite the shedders, so be prepared to invest in a vacuum to clean up loose hair from furniture, and brush its thick coat daily.

  • The Saint Dane drools a lot

If you’re easily grossed out by some spit, the Saint Dane is not the pet for you.

The Saint Dane tends to be a slobbery dog, so you’ll have to clean up its drool quite a lot of times with a towel.

  • They will not mind a few hours of solitude

Much unlike most dogs, the Saint Dane won’t become excessively anxious if separated from you for a substantial part of the day.

Long working hours can keep you out of the house and away from your pet.

Thankfully, instead of acting destructively, the Saint Dane will welcome you when you return home and will cherish the rest of the night with you, even if it means to just snuggle up beside you on a couch or bed.

Physical Traits of the Saint Dane

Great Dane and Saint Bernard make a Saint Dane
The Saint Dane is an easy dog to live with.

The Saint Dane is categorized as a giant dog breed. So how heavy and tall is this dog exactly?

How big is a full-grown Saint Dane?

Both genders of the Saint Dane breed are exceptionally hefty dogs.

The average full-grown male Saint Dane will easily weigh above 160 pounds and as much as 200 pounds, while the females of this kind also follow closely, weighing between 155 to 195 pounds.

These dogs are also very tall, reaching heights of 25 to 32 inches for males, and 23 to 30 inches for females.

What is the life expectancy of a Saint Dane?

Unfortunately, the Saint Dane is one of the few dog breeds that have a very limited lifespan.

While there are several measures you can take to boost its life expectancy, like feeding it a wholesome diet or keeping it physically fit, you shouldn’t expect your Saint Dane to live more than ten years.

The average predicted life expectancy of this hybrid is 6 to 10 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Saint Dane

While its mighty, enormous size can lead people to believe that it was a ferocious dog, the Saint Dane is one of the most affectionate, calm, and gentle canines around.

It has a mild temperament, and will not shy away to express its love to you and other members of your family.

The Saint Dane has various ways of showering you with affection, the most common of which is to leap on you, closing in for a hug on its part, not being aware of its huge and hefty size.

While it will not mind if you leave it on its own for some hours every day, this dog will make the most out of the time it gets to spend with you.

Within the house, its favorite spot to relax will be at your feet or with its head perched on your lap.

Aggression is not a breed found in this hybrid. Having said that, it will act reserved around people it meets for the first time.

But once you show your pet that strangers are not a threat, but in fact guests in your house, it will greet them with utmost love and affection.

These dogs are extremely smart and have an outgoing nature, which means you should allow it to socialize with others of its kind. To train this dog is no hard task.

All that is required is a firm but gentle hand and some basic command-based training which the dog will pick up on very quickly.

The Saint Dane is known to take commands and be very receptive to them mainly because it lives to please its master.

Despite their hunting background, the Saint Dane is very friendly with other pets and will get along just fine in multi-pet households.

This is a very reliable patient dog, especially with kids, and will stay contented doing what you do throughout the day.

The Saint Dane Diet

The Saint Dane lying in the grass
The Saint Dane has a relatively short lifespan.

The Saint Dane is a large dog that has high dietary requirements.

You will need to feed your pet at least four to six cups of dog kibble a day if you are to keep its energy levels up and its development at peak.

This amount can be sectioned and split into two to three meals fed over 24 hours.

Make sure to always feed your dog the best diet, which is not only of the highest quality but also provides a wholesome combination of vital nutrients that are required for this specific breed.

How much Exercise does a Saint Dane need?

Considering the size of the Saint Dane, it is only natural that this dog should have a lot of energy running through its veins.

This cooped up energy should be channeled in healthy ways throughout the day.
You will need to commit a lot of your time to ensure that your pet is kept engaged in a variety of activities.

The high activity and stamina levels of the Saint Dane make it a great companion for bike rides, every day runs, long hikes, and, of course, daily walks.

Regular movement of at least 45 minutes a day is crucial for this mixed breed because it is particularly prone to obesity.

Involving your dog in agility training or obedience lessons is a good form of stimulation for the mind and body of the Saint Dane.

Additionally, your pet will thoroughly appreciate trips to dog parks, where it can make other furry friends, which will aid the development of its social skills.

It should be noted that apartment living may not be the best kind of lifestyle for this breed because it will need a lot of room to comfortably roam around without its large body bumping into furniture.

If you have a yard or a lawn that is enclosed but provides ample area for your pet to explore, the Saint Dane will keep itself busy and you won’t have to worry about it feeling constrained within the house.

As a precaution, do not let your Saint Dane exert itself too much during hot climates, and keep it warm during winter months because it can tend to be sensitive to extreme climate conditions.

The Saint Dane Health and Conditions

A common phenomenon amongst mixed breeds is that they often inherit some health issues that are passed down through the genes of the parent breeds.

While the Saint Dane is physically a sturdy dog, it is prone to bloating, cancer, gastric torsion, cardiovascular issues, and elbow and hip dysplasia.

A Good Guard Dog?

With a fairly large array of expected personality traits, courtesy of its parents, the Saint Dane can prove to be quite a great guard dog for you and your family.

The big size of this dog alone is enough to scare off most potential threats away from your home without it having to do much at all.

If the threat of the size isn’t enough then a very large and booming bark is sure to catch anyone’s attention and scare any potential threats.

Even though the Saint Dane is sometimes laid back and lazy, this does not factor into its love for its owners and the need it has to protect its family from harm.

Great with small kids, if you send your children out on a walk with the Saint Dane you don’t have much to worry about as the dog will do everything in its power to keep the children away from danger.

Since the Saint Dane is a relatively easier dog to train due to its high intelligence, you will have no trouble teaching your dog the basics of being a guard dog.

The Saint Dane is not specifically very friendly with new people and is suspicious of strangers, this trait allows it to always sense if there’s someone near your house that isn’t supposed to be there.

Its barks are loud enough for you to hear even if you’re a considerable distance away and the Saint Dane is bound to wake everyone in the house up if something does go wrong.

The protective personality trait of the Saint Dane allows it to feel great affection towards its owners and family and help it become the great guard dog that it is.

Early training is required so that you can teach your Saint Dane the dos and don’ts of watching guard and protecting your family.

Male vs female

Although males of the Saint Dane breed tend to be larger than the female, the differences aren’t always as stark as some articles make out – and often, you’ll find that females can outsize males too on some occasions.

Either way, standing between 25 to 30 inches tall each, these are huge dogs no matter the gender!

However, the temperament of these dogs, while largely on the gentle giant side, has a few differences between males and females that a smart owner will keep in mind when committing to the big furry friends.

A female Saint Dane, for instance, tends to take on a more nurturing or healing role in the family – she seems to sense when someone is feeling stressed, sad or anxious in your family.

She doesn’t intrude in these times, but she comes and sits by you, ready to hug it out if needed.

As puppies, female Saint Dane dogs can be surprisingly shy for their size.

You’ll find she gets especially tense if smaller dogs are running rings around her, and seems almost embarrassed that she can’t keep up.

Male Saint Danes grow up with quite a protective streak. While never aggressive, he will be the first to lean forward, ears swiveling for traces of sound, if he thinks he hears a threat or a stranger.

As adults, the male Saint Dane can tend towards eating too much and being too lazy, so break out a little tough love sometimes to make sure he keeps up with his exercise.

He’ll thank you for it in the long run!

My final thoughts on the Saint DaneAn adult Saint Dane with a collar

If you can’t handle an energetic dog that will probably drool more times than you can count throughout the day, you should probably look into other options for a pet dog.

However, if you can appreciate the sensitivity and the sweet disposition of the Saint Dane, you will find a great furry companion for yourself.

The Saint Dane is easy to live with, and while it, unfortunately, will have only a few years of life to spend with you, you can rest assured that time spent with a Saint Dane will be some of the most enjoyable years of your life.

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