Post # 1
I posted this in Pets too. I mainly need to know how much you actually feed them as a puppy and adult and what kind of food you feed them? Kibbles? Raw meat? Mixture?
I have always wanted a Saint. Now, before anyone (and by anyone I mean those who don’t own saints) starts telling me how much they drool and how big they are, I know. That’s not the intent of this post. I have done a LOT of research on St. Bernards. I have wanted one since I was about 13 years old, and now that we’re moving into a house, I’ll have the space and means necessary to care for a dog that size.
I just keep finding conflicting opinions on how much to feed a saint. One of the breeders I was looking at getting one through said she feeds her saints 8-9 cups of dog food TWICE a day. I thought that was very high, especially since St. Bernards are prone to bloat. On the St. Bernard club of America’s website, they said approx. 6 cups a day. This seems to be the average on many of the websites I’ve visited of people who own them as well.
I want to know because this is the only thing hindering me from owning a saint. We have the money to own one, but if I have to feed the dog 18 cups of dog food a day, that means Illl be buying 4-6 big bags of dog food a month (that would equate to maybe $300 a month on food alone) . I can swing yearly expenses of taking the dog to the vet, but 4-6 bags of dog food in one month just makes me a little unsure.
If any who owns or grew up with saints can offer any insight, that would be great. Please don’t hesitate to tell me the ups and down of these dogs if you own one either. I would love to know how much you love your saint! Thanks!
EDIT: I’m so sorry about the squished post. Apparently it wouldn’t space my paragraphs here either.
Post # 3
we had saints while i was growing up, and i can tell you, we did spend about $300/month on dog food. medical bills were super expensive, too, reaching into the thousands of dollars at times depending on what the problem was. purebreds are more prone to getting hip problems, which was very costly and required maintenance pain medications for one of the ones we had; we found out at 11 months old that his hips were really bad and he needed daily anti-inflammatories all of his life. most of them lived to be about 10-11 years old, but we had one die much younger due to malrotation of the gut (my brother exercised him about an hour after eating, and that was too soon). we started getting newfies after that, but the medical expenses are becoming too much for my parents, so now theyre going to start downgrading to (relatively) smaller dogs, like golden retrievers.
eta: i should add that the ones we got from recommended breeders and were “papered and show quality” were some of the ones that had the worst medical problems, unfortunately. i loved our saints to death, but after all of that, i enjoy petting other peoples’ saints and then going back home to my own dogs 🙂 i now get my pets from the shelter and i generally go for mixed breeds to help reduce how many medical problems i’m buying into
Post # 4
My parents have a Bernese Mtn dog (he looks like a St. Bernard w/o as much drool and his head isn’t quite as big) and 2 Old English sheepdogs (they’ve also had the Siberian Huskies, my dad’s a sucker for big dogs!) They probably go through 3 big bags of dog food a month. They don’t measure the food exactly every day, they just make sure that each of the dogs gets fed throughout the day and no table scraps are allowed. My guess is $150ish a month? They buy their dog food from Soldans Pet Supply.
Post # 5
Thank for you the great information so far. I appreciate it!