Saranbeck Saint Bernards and Lhasa Apsos

General Information

We do our best to produce happy and healthy puppies. When you purchase one of our puppies it will be up to you to continue the process. How the puppy turns out will depend very much on your skill and care in his/her rearing. Here are a few general comments about caring for your St. Bernard puppy:

  • Forced exercise and too much rich food will ruin a puppy's skeleton.
  • From about one pound birthweight, these dogs can grow to 10-11 stone in a year. Not fully mature until 3 years old, they may reach their full height at 18 months old, so the rate of growth is phenomenal!
  • It is best to keep pup off slippy surfaces and stairs. No jumping in and out of cars - (lift!)
  • He/she will get sufficient exercise pottering in the garden, at present, with occasional visits to town to socialise and be admired!
  • After inoculations are completed, choose a KIND obedience class, (no shouting, yanking etc) to learn basic obedience together.
  • You can start the process when you get home with "sits" and "stays" when you present meals.
  • Gradually increase the exercise, but use common sense. You wouldn't take a baby on a ten-mile hike - and it is the same with your puppy.


Brush the coat as often as you can. Use a large 'Slicker' brush and comb. Clean ears gently (no poking). Brush teeth daily with 'doggie' toothpaste, from your vet (NOT HUMAN), keep feet trimmed and check for mats between toes. Rinse feet after walking on salted winter pavements (salt burns).

There are many excellent suppliers of dog grooming equipment. Here are three that I can recommend:

Always dry thoroughly, especially after being out in the wet. The dogs can become very rheumatic if left wet. Please ensure that all toxic substances - i.e. antifreeze, pesticides etc, slug pellets, are kept well out of reach and that the garden is securely fenced. All chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can kill a dog, as can raisins and grapes.

Puppy has been wormed three times with Milbemax. Worm every three months, then every six months. Medicine must be obtained from your vet, not a pet shop. Pup must be weighed. Vet has weighing machine.


I am not in favour of large bones, unless supervised. They can bung up innards, cause blockages and also splinter. I recommend:

  • Large nylon rings
  • Giant nylon bones with BIG ends
  • Nylon pulls
  • Medium or giant kongs (can be filled with food for fun)

Books on St Bernards

Books on the breed include:

  • All about the St Bernard – Beaver, TFH Publications
  • The Complete St Bernard – Muggleton & Wensley, Ringpress Books Ltd
  • The New St Bernard – Gwilliam & Gwilliam, Ringpress Books Ltd

Visits to the vet

This is important. If for any reason your dog has to have an operation, do not let the vet use the premedication sedative, ACP. St Bernards can react very badly to this and have been known to die.

Saint Bernard clubs

There are 4 St Bernard Clubs in the U.K. that offer advice and welcome new members. They hold Open and Championship Shows throughout the year as well as staging social get togethers and instructive seminars.We are also members of The St Bernard Club of America. I have several American imports and their club publishes a most informative magazine quarterly together with the latest canine research topics.

All puppies are vet checked, fully inoculated and microchipped, supplied with sample food and diet sheets and the breeder has a lifetime's interest in their welfare and can be contacted any time for advice.

Details of the English clubs can be obtained from the website of Champdogs.