Needless to say, dogs make the best pets. There are so many varieties to define the class and breed but a pet is a pet.  Be it a tiny or midsized or big, every kind of dog has its own beauty and forte. Saint Bernards are one of the big and majestic looking dogs.
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Why this breed is named after a saint? Does the breed live up to justify its name?
Before the mid of 19th century, this breed was known in different names such as ‘Noble Steeds’, ‘Alpenmastiff’, or ‘Barry Dogs’.  The word ‘Noble’ was derived from the word ‘Saint’. To know something about the root of this fascinating tale, we’ve to travel back in time, about 1000 years ago.
In the Alps, close to the border between Italy and Switzerland, the route was so risky and dangerous for the travellers to pass. St. Bernard of Menthon established a dispensary attached with a shelter for the travellers. The place was then known as St. Bernard’s pass. After St. Bernard’s death, a group of monks took care of the travellers and guests who needed care and support.
Later, sometime in the late 16th and early 17th century, these monks brought a breed of dogs from the valley and trained them for rescue purposes. These dogs helped to clear paths and with an excellent power of whiff, they could find people who were stranded in the snow and rescue them. They could also detect bodies buried under the snow. They could dig up the snow with their big paws and pull those bodies out. They carried packets of food and water with them to help the rescued people. In the work of art portraying the breed, the dogs are shown wearing a barrel around their collar. It’s a myth but it’s perceived as true. In fact, the dogs are intended to do good to the people who needed care and support. Even now, monks of the region continue to raise this breed which has a traditional value.
This breed, Saint Bernard has done a lot, enough to justify its name and live up to it. Above all, Saint Bernards have earned their name.