Many of us may have met this dog when we were kids, sitting in front of the tv with snacks watching one of several Beethoven (the dog) movies. Or maybe we’re most familiar with them high up on mountains with a little cask around their necks saving the day. Perhaps even from watching over the Darling children before being whisked away to Neverland in Peter Pan.
Whatever the case, St. Bernards are an iconic breed that are as lovable as their size.
A Noble History
Known for their brown and white coloring, large size, and tendency to drool, this Swiss breed is known for being a gentle giant. But what’s the history behind this life-saving nanny dog?
As it turns out, St. Bernards’ origins are directly tied to their snowy rescue stereotype.
It all begins in a place, unsurprisingly, called the Great St. Bernard Pass. Nestled in the Western Alps between Switzerland and Italy, this route is 49 miles long, 8,000 feet above sea level, and nearly always snow-covered.
While it’s treacherous, the Pass is also the easiest way to cross the Alps - so you can imagine how hard the other routes would be. So there is a long history of travelers, including both Julius Caesar and Napoleon with their troops, making their way across the miles of snowy terrain.
Between 1660 and 1670, the monks that lived and worked at the Great St. Bernard Hospice in the Pass received their first dogs. These were the descendants of Asiatic mastiff-style dogs that the Romans had used as their watchdogs and fuzz buddies. While these early Bernards looked a bit different in that they were smaller with longer tails, they still sported the brown and white fur.
During their time as the main rescuers of the snowy terrain, these dogs would go out alone in small groups to find lost travelers. Once they found someone who needed help, one would lie on the traveler like a big pupper blanket while the other would return to the monks.
Best Dog Harnesses for St. Bernards
It’d be easy to think that these wonderful dogs might be too big for dog harnesses. But that’s simply not so!
By measuring your fur baby and getting them into the right size, even a gentle giant like the St. Bernard can enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of a safe, easy, and comfortable dog harness. All of which can be even more vital for a larger dog.
The larger a dog is, the more power they have and the more important it is that you’re able to keep them from pulling or darting. Additionally they can put that bigger force into pull against their neck and throat if wearing a collar, leading to damage. Both of these things can be avoided with a good dog harness.
Joyride Harnesses have a unique design and fit that means they go on in just two seconds plus fit more comfortably than standard dog harnesses. This will allow gearing your fur baby up to be far less stressful for both you and your pup.
These durable harnesses have adjustable straps that allow for a secure and safe fit even for the broadest of dogs. They include several leash attachment points and an EZ grip handle allowing for better control, which even for the gentlest of giants is important on walks.
Additionally, they have a reflective strip that adds that little extra bit of safety and peace of mind.
There are plenty of St. Bernard owners that have shared what they love about Joyride Harness!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Erin D.
I love these harnesses!!!! I have two St. Bernard’s and this harness is the only one that can withstand their pulling. I never have to worry about them breaking the ring when I walk them. Keep up the great work!! I would recommend this harness to anyone with a dog.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lalita H.
I bought this harness for my 3 dogs, a 5 month old Great Dane. 4 yr old St. Bernard and a 3 yr old Pit bull. None of my dogs had problems pulling. I just wanted the harness for their comfort. I was so surprised when I took the harness out of the box. They all came as if they knew there was something for them. When I put the harness on them and adjusted them. They all got happy. I’m not kidding they love wearing their harness. They walk with such pride.
My Great Dane puppy was always very easy to train. He loves to please me. Since I got the harness I notice he is even more willing to work hard and get everything right. I teach my dogs a lot of tricks just to have fun with them. Just wearing the harness has made a difference. I don’t know what it is. But I will highly recommend this hardness. My dogs love them. And they look nice too.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kayla R.
Zeva is a happy pupper
Love it ! I have two very large dogs, english mastiff/ great pyrenees and a St. Bernard mix and they love these. They are easy on and off and the handle on the back is great for swimming.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carolyn W.
The harness is awesome! Very easy to put on and take off. Definitely helps with a large dog that pulls.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kim A.
Helps my senior St. Bernard on the stairs
Good. We use it just to give our 11 year old St. Bernard some extra support on stairs.
Choosing a St. Bernard is inviting a lot of dog into your home, but they are loyal, gentle, and friendly who get along wonderfully with children - all traits they come by honestly. And having the right dog harness can help both train them when they’re young and support them when they’re older.
While you can search by breed, it is always recommended to weigh and measure your dog to find their exact size. To take a look at our sizing chart, go here!
If you have any questions about our dog harnesses, how to put them on, or anything else, you can reach our team through the contact form on our website. To take a look at more reviews and everything our customers have to say check out this page!
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