The Saint Bernard Cost Guide (with Calculator)


The cost of getting a new dog can be hard to predict and if you are in the market for a Saint Bernard, you will need to take into consideration many of the costs like buying a puppy or adult dog, veterinary services, training, food, etc. Fortunately, our team has designed a cost calculator that will give you an accurate estimate as to how much it would cost to buy and raise your dog.

A Saint Bernard puppy is likely to cost between $550-$2,000 with the average price being $1,000. First-year expenses are around $3,655 and will be about $2,225/year (or $185/month) after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Saint Bernard is $21,455.

This covers all the essentials, including supplies, training costs, medical expenses, food and treats, grooming expenses, licenses, and a microchip. Additionally, optional costs could include medical expenses such as a spay/neuter procedure, and additional services like dog walking, dog boarding, as well as pet insurance. With all these extras included (assuming you hire a dog walker five times a week for 50 weeks and use a boarding service for one week every year), the total cost of owning a Saint Bernard could climb between $48,214 and $104,790, with an average of $73,835!

In this article, prices in the higher range apply for people willing to buy high-end products and services and/or living in an expensive area, while the lower range will probably be more relevant if using cheaper products and services and/or living in a less expensive area.

Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of the expenses, see what applies to you and get experts’ opinions on Saint Bernards. At the bottom of the article, we have also added a cost calculator that will allow you to assess your personal situation and get a much more accurate estimate as to how much it should cost you to buy and raise a Saint Bernard puppy!

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What is the price of a Saint Bernard puppy?

Our team has combed through more than 270 ads from sources like the American Kennel Club and PuppyFind, to find the average price of purchasing a Saint Bernard puppy to be $1,000, with 80% of prices ranging from $550 to $2,000. For a purebred, the price can go up to $3,500.

Puppy CostRangeAverage Cost
Saint Bernard$550 – $2,000$1,000

Adoption might be a more affordable alternative, with rehoming fees ranging from $50-$500. And you would be saving an animal. If you are actively looking for a dog, we strongly recommend doing some research and finding a reputable breeder or shelter. This will make a big difference in terms of your Saint Bernard’s health and well-being.

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Puppies Price RangeAds Reviewed
$400 – $950130
$951 – $1,500 113
$1,501 – $2,050 8
$2,051 – $2,600 1
$2,601 – $3,150 23
$3,151 – $3,500 1
Total 276

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“As a veterinarian, I think it is ideal that Saint Bernard breeding dogs be either evaluated or tested for the following conditions prior to breeding and throughout their breeding years: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye examination by an ophthalmologist, cardiac evaluation, degenerative myelopathy (DNA test). Buyers should ask the breeder about health screening tests performed.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

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Factors affecting the price of puppies and why prices vary for the same breed.

Purebred or mixed. Usually, mixed-breeds are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation. If the parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, the price will be substantially higher. These breeders also tend to invest more money than others to take care of their breeding dogs and puppies.

Registration papers/pedigree. Some breeders are members of kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding dogs and puppies registered which would also add to their fees.

Health screenings and medical expenses. Serious breeders will have their breeding dogs and/or puppies evaluated/tested for different medical conditions. Moreover, some will take their puppies to the vet for an exam, deworming, vaccines, and/or microchip implantation prior to selling them. This drives the price higher but also reduces the risk to get an unhealthy dog.

Training and socialization. Some breeders sell their dogs after they are trained and socialized. It will increase the puppy’s price but generate savings as you most probably won’t have to invest in more training and also gives a better chance to get a well-behaved dog.

Breed popularity in the buyer’s location. Local supply and demand will have an impact on puppy prices. For example, small dogs tend to be more popular in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some breeds are more in demand in colder climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. It is worth looking for prices in different locations, but it is risky to buy a dog without having seen it before or at least have met with the breeder and visited the kennel.

Age. As most people want to get their puppy as young as possible, prices tend to be lower when the dog gets older. For example, on average a 6-month-old pup is likely to be less expensive than an 8-week-old one.

Coat color and markings. Coat color trends can change quickly. For any breed, some colors are more popular than others, sometimes temporarily. When the interest for a specific coat color grows, puppies get more expensive as an increase in demand leads to a higher market price. Also, for purebred dogs, only specific colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Finally, puppies with rare colors can be very expensive as well.

The cost of supplies when welcoming a Saint Bernard

As with any dog, you will need several products on hand to make raising a Saint Bernard easier. This includes items like bowls, collars, toys, beds, shampoo, sanitary equipment to name just a few. Based on prices of over 250 Walmart, Amazon, and PetSmart best sellers, essential supplies add up to anywhere between $245-$925 for the first year depending on the quality of the items purchased and location.

Supplies PricesRangeAverage Cost
Food & Water Bowls$10 – $40$20
Dog Collars (x2) $10 – $40 $20
Leash $10 – $30 $15
ID Tag with Phone Number $5 – $20 $10
Dog Bed (48″ or 60″) $30 – $110 $60
Dog Crate (48″ or 60″) $50 – $165 $90
Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080) $15 – $110 $55
Pooper Scooper $10 – $30 $20
House Training Pads (75-100) $15 – $45 $25
Stains and Odors Removal Spray $5 – $20 $10
Toys $50 – $155 $90
First-Aid Kit $15 – $50 $30
Brush $5 – $45 $15
Shampoo $5 – $20 $10
Tooth-brushing Kit $5 – $15 $10
Toenail Clippers $5 – $30 $15

As your Saint Bernard grows, the price of supplies eases up considerably. Each subsequent year entails expenses ranging from $105 to $410, with an average of $225. This includes replenishing your stock of some aforementioned items (toys, bed, poop bags, shampoo, toothbrush).

Total Supplies CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year$245 – $925$495
Subsequent Years$105 – $410$225

Additionally, you may require things that are not accounted for here, such as clothing, play pens, fences, muzzles, harnesses and other cosmetic or maintenance items. These items are bound to push your expenses higher, so keep that in mind when planning your finances.

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Should Saint Bernards be professionally trained?

According to expert dog trainer and animal behaviorist Alexa Diaz, Ph.D., Saint Bernards usually do not require private training lessons. Group lessons for basic obedience and socialization, however, are recommended. These typically range from $150-$200 for five 1-hour weekly sessions.

Training CostRangeAverage Cost
Saint Bernard$150 – $200$175

If you are keen on training your Saint Bernard yourself, picking up a training book will help you familiarize with the basics. This presents a very affordable option and can be an enjoyable process, particularly with these dogs.

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Medical costs to consider for a Saint Bernard

Licensed veterinarian Leslie Brooks, DVM, shared her knowledge and experience to establish the medical expenses related to raising a Saint Bernard. The following figures can obviously vary depending on many factors such as location but still give a reliable and trustworthy picture of what a Saint Bernard owner should expect.

Medical CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year Vet Cost$440 – $885$665
Spay/Neuter (optional)$50 – $500$275
Gastropexy (optional)$200 – $400$300
Adult Year Vet Cost$525 – $1,075$800

Vet cost for a Saint Bernard puppy

According to Leslie Brooks, DVM, a Saint Bernard puppy will require three vet visits through their first year ($65-$170 each time), with the first visit being at 8 weeks of age. This will include all the essential: physical exam, essential vaccines, fecal examination to make sure no deworming is needed as well as heartworm and flea prevention first three doses.

She would also advise purchasing heartworm and flea prevention medication for the rest of the year. They should cost $75-$150 and $100-$150, respectively for a puppy.

Moreover, your Saint Bernard puppy may require some additional vaccines that depend largely on lifestyle and activity. If your dog spends a ton of time camping or hiking and is generally exposed to wildlife and standing water a lot, Leptospirosis vaccine ($15-25) can be recommended. If your dog is boarded or kept in a kennel for extended amounts of time, Influenza vaccines may be necessary ($70-$90 including a booster shot). Additionally, if your dog goes camping, hiking or lives in a wooden area or on a farm, it will be more exposed to ticks, and Lyme shots are strongly recommended ($60-$80 including the booster shot).

The yearly costs will therefore range from $440-$885.

A neuter (male) or spay (female) procedure on a Saint Bernard, generally costs $200 to $500. Depending on the location, it is possible to find low cost clinics that will charge as low as $50-$100.

As Saint Bernards tend to be large, deep-chested dogs, Leslie Brooks recommends a Gastropexy procedure, which usually costs $200-$400 when performed at the time of sterilization. It is an efficient way to help prevent the stomach to twist on itself (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus or GDV) which is life threatening and would require an expensive surgery to be corrected.

Medical expenses for the following years

According to veterinarians like Leslie Brooks, DVM, for each subsequent year, you should make an annual trip to the vet for an exam, vaccines, heartworm test and blood work (for middle aged and senior dogs) to find potential hidden problems. This should run you $125-$265 depending on location.

Leslie also recommends following through with heartworm and flea prevention medication, which usually cost around $150-$250 and $250-$400 for the year, respectively for a Saint Bernard.

The lifestyle vaccines, Leptospirosis ($15-$25), Influenza ($35-$45) and/or Lyme ($30-$40) may also require annual booster shots. Finally, if your Saint Bernard is regularly in contact with other pets or shows inconsistent stool quality, a fecal examination ($40-$50) will be recommended.

Saint Bernard potential health issues

The table below introduces some of the potential health problems a Saint Bernard owner might have to deal with during his dog’s life according to licensed veterinarian Leslie Brooks.

Health ProblemLikelihoodTreatment Cost Estimate
Hip DysplasiaHigh $500 – $13,000
Developmental Joint AbnormalitiesMedium$1,000 – $3,500
CancerMedium$500 – $10,000
EntropionHigh$800 – $1,500
CardiomyopathyMedium$600 – $2,000

This price range for hip dysplasia is very wide because of the variety of treatment options an owner may pursue. Conservative treatment including pain management and physical therapy is usually the cheapest alternative ($500-$2,500 per year), while total hip replacement costs about $5,000-$6,500 per affected hip. Hip dysplasia can affect a Saint Bernard at any age.

Developmental joint abnormalities: $2,000-3,500 for surgery per elbow in the case of elbow dysplasia. $1,000-$3,500 for diagnostics (and surgery, if needed) for osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD of the shoulder).

Cancer: The cost really depends on the type of cancer and if an owner pursues aggressive therapy and all the recommended treatments, versus if they elect to just keep the pet comfortable with medications.

Entropion (inward rolling of the eyelids): the cost estimate is for surgical correction per eye.

Cardiomyopathy treatment costs include diagnostics (x-rays, ECG, echocardiogram) and heart medications, which can be expensive for large dogs.

“Saint Bernards have the potential to develop severe bone and joint abnormalities, including bone cancer, and since they are such large dogs, any treatment or medications will be very expensive for them.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Pet insurance price

Some dog owners will get pet insurance for their dog. Know that the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry report put the average price of accident and illness coverage plans for dogs at $565. If you opt for an accident-only plan, expect to pay $190 per annum on average.

These prices will obviously vary a lot depending on many factors and you will need to contact insurance companies or brokers to get a more precise estimate.

It is also possible to get complete health coverage with some insurance companies but it gets much more expensive, except for Eusoh (see below).

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As mentioned, some medical conditions can be expensive to treat. Although purebred dogs may have a higher incidence of some inherited disorders, mixed breed dogs are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. No dog owner should have to make critical decisions about their pets based on their ability to afford care. That’s why pet insurance is more popular every year in the US.

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Reimbursements percentage and limits
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When coverage will start

The price will vary depending on multiple factors, including the dog’s breed, age, location, and the plan chosen. You can compare pet insurance prices on comparison websites like PetInsuranceReview.

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The cost to feed a Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards are very large and can grow to be about 150 lb. (usually 120 to 180 lb.). They will need a lot of food and owners can expect to spend $385-$750/year for a puppy and $255-$810/year for an adult dog. In fact, a puppy will eat around 510 lb. of dry food during the first year and adult Saint Bernards can be expected to consume about 540 lb. annually, so take this into account to chart out your expenses.

These cost estimations were made using prices of some of the most popular brands including Purina, Pedigree and Blue Buffalo.

Yearly Food CostRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$385 – $750$560
Adult Dog$255 – $810$480

Most dog owners will also feed their furry friend treats daily. They can be as expensive if not more than dog food itself. Once again, this is based on prices from PetSmart, Amazon, and Walmart best sellers.

Treats CostRangeAverage Cost
Yearly Treats$125 – $715$345

This cost estimation for treats is based on the premise that the dog gets one big treat every day. If you give your dog a treat every other day, you can divide these amounts by two. If it is once a week, divide them by seven, and so on. Enter the relevant information in the calculator at the end of the article to get your personalized cost estimate.

With food and treats, you must be ready to pay much more if you opt for premium grade products compared to regular ones.

Four dog food brands compared

The following table compares the price of 510 lb. of puppy dry food from four popular brands.

Puppy Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Puppy Chow36 lb.15$27.78 (Walmart)$416.70
Purina One – Smart Blend Puppy16.5 lb.31$21.98 (Walmart)$681.38
Pedigree – Puppy36 lb.15$25.83 (Walmart)$387.45
Blue Buffalo – Puppy30 lb.17$44.08 (Amazon)$749.36

An adult Saint Bernard owner will need to buy around 540 lb. of dry food every year.

Adult Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Dog Chow50 lb.11$22.98 (Walmart)$252.78
Purina One – Smart Blend40 lb.14$40.36 (Walmart)$565.04
Pedigree – Adult50 lb.11$25.83 (Walmart)$284.13
Blue Buffalo – Adult30 lb.18$44.98 (Amazon)$809.64

Additionally, dog food is perishable, but can be stored for extended periods of time. So, consider bulk-purchasing food for your dog to save money. You should also consult with your veterinarian to decide the most appropriate diet for your Saint Bernard.

Example for a more expensive premium brand

Royal Canin – Size Health NutritionQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Large Puppy35 lb.15$73.99 (PetSmart)$1,109.85
Large Adult35 lb.16$68.99 (PetSmart)$1,103.84

This illustrates the price difference between budget-friendly and premium dog food.

Saint Bernard grooming

Typically, Saint Bernards do not require a ton of upkeep. Most owners should be able to groom their dog at home according to Corryne Smith, certified dog groomer. This would save them a lot of money if they have the time and patience to do so.

The alternative would be to take the dog to a grooming salon. She would suggest doing that 6 times a year. With prices ranging from $65 to $120 for each visit (because of how large they are and their furry coat), the annual cost would be between $390 and $720. Taking the dog to a professional groomer is the owner’s decision but could benefit the dog’s health and well-being even for low-maintenance breeds.

Yearly Grooming CostRangeAverage Cost
Saint Bernard$0 – $720$360

Professional dog grooming usually includes a bath and shampoo, hair removal (if needed), brushing and styling, nail trimming, teeth brushing and eye and ear cleaning. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors, such as dog size, coat condition, health and age, dog behavior and the services requested.

If you do not want to take your dog to a groomer, DIY grooming kits can be found online for $75 on average and ship with all the tools and equipment you will need to handle your Saint Bernard’s grooming at home!

Additional costs that comes with a Saint Bernard

Additional CostsRangeAverage Cost
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
Dog Walking (per walk) $15 – $25 $20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

Licensing

It is recommended to license your dog, as it can be illegal, depending on state and territory legislation, to own an unlicensed dog. Moreover, it makes identification much easier. Licenses usually fall in the $10-$20 range. It could be more expensive if the Saint Bernard is not spayed or neutered.

Microchip

Microchips are a great way to identify a dog and are required in many U.S states. Costs will range from $25-$50. Microchip implants make it easier to identify a lost or stolen animal and quickly notify its owner. They also allow dogs to be on some medical and emergency databases.

Dog walking

Saint Bernards are big dogs but only require a moderate amount of exercise. If you are unable to take your dog outside during the day, a dog walker would be recommended by professionals like Tamaria Reddick. On average, dog walkers will charge $15-$25 for 30-minute walks ($20-$50 for 1 hour but 30 minutes should be enough for this breed), depending on your location, and can be found on apps like Rover and Wag.

If you are planning on hiring a dog walker on a regular basis, make sure to include this expense into your budget. An owner might need to pay for private walks if the dog is not well socialized. These are obviously more expensive.

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Traveling

Dog boarding services are a good option in the case of extended travel plans. Budget $25 to $85 a day, depending on location, services offered and time of year. Make sure to book in advance especially during holidays to increase your chances of finding an available spot for your dog and get the best rates.

It is not always the easiest thing when it comes to extra-large dogs, but if you are on a tight budget, having friends or family to host your Saint Bernard while you are away will help you save.

Taking your dog with you is also a possibility, as some airlines and train companies offer this option. Planning is essential as you will have to submit a formal request in advance and availability can be limited. The cost of traveling with your pet will vary depending on so many factors that it is almost impossible to estimate it and can only be calculated on a case by case basis.

Yearly and monthly cost for a Saint Bernard

The cost of a Saint Bernard puppy during the first year

On average, using the metrics explained above, we have estimated that the cost of raising a Saint Bernard puppy for the first year falls in the $1,930 to $6,265 range, with an average cost of $3,655. Most of these expenses will have to be accounted for before welcoming the dog or early during the year.

First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$550 – $2,000$1,000
Supplies$245 – $925$495
Training$150 – $200$175
Medical$440 – $885$665
Food & Treats$510 – $1,465$905
Grooming$0 – $720$360
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
First Year Total$1,930 – $6,265$3,655

Some owners will also want to consider the other costs introduced below.

Optional First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Spay/Neuter$50 – $500$275
Gastropexy$200 – $400$300
Insurance$350 – $780$565
Dog Walking (30 minutes per day)$15 – $25$20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

If you choose to spay/neuter your Saint Bernard, buy insurance, board your dog for a week and hire a dog walker every weekday for 42 weeks, your expenses go up quite significantly, rising in the $5,855 to $13,790 range.

Potential First Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$2,530 – $7,945$4,795
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$5,855 – $13,790$9,275

Yearly and monthly cost for an adult Saint Bernard

After the first year, the costs of raising a dog do go down. The yearly cost for maintaining a Saint Bernard falling within the $1,020-$3,750 mark ($85-$313 monthly).

Adult Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Supplies$105 – $410$225
Medical$525 – $1,075$800
Food & Treats$380 – $1,525$825
Grooming$0 – $720$360
License$10 – $20$15
Adult Year Total$1,020 – $3,750$2,225
Estimated Monthly Cost$85 – $313$185

Once again, if you choose to hire a dog walker 50 weeks during the year and board your dog for another week, your costs are likely to grow significantly. If you add insurance, the cost for each subsequent year ends up being in the $5,295-$11,375 range.

Potential Adult Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Insurance$1,370 – $4,530$2,790
With Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$5,295 – $11,375$8,070

Total cost of ownership of a Saint Bernard

On average, Saint Bernards live close to 9 years (usually 8 to 10 years). This puts total expenses, using the figures outlined above, between $10,090 and $36,265, with an average cost of $21,455 through the course of the dog’s lifetime.

Total Cost of Ownership (9 years)RangeAverage Cost
Saint Bernard$10,090 – $36,265$21,455

With optional services and procedures mentioned earlier the average total cost of ownership could rise as high as $73,835 over 9 years.

Potential Total Cost of Ownership (9 years)RangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$13,490 – $44,185$27,115
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$48,215 – $104,790$73,835

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The cost of a Saint Bernard – A summary in 7 questions

1- How much is a Saint Bernard puppy?

On average a Saint Bernard puppy will cost $1,000 in the USA. Most puppies can be found between $550 and $2,000. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

2 – How much are dog supplies?

A new owner can expect an initial investment between $245 and $925 in supplies when welcoming an extra-large dog. Every year, the cost to renew some of them should be between $105 and $410. Prices vary depending on location, stores, brands, and products quality.

3 – Does a Saint Bernard need training and how much will it cost?

Having a Saint Bernard professionally trained is usually recommended (group training) and should cost around $150 to $200. For this breed, training should mainly focus on basic obedience and socialization.

4 – What is the cost of preventive medical care for a Saint Bernard?

Preventive medical care should amount to around $440 to $885 for a Saint Bernard puppy during the first year and around $525 to $1,075 every adult year. This does not include spay or neuter and gastropexy procedures (usually $200 to $500 and $200 to $400 respectively).

5 – How much food does a Saint Bernard eat and how much will it cost?

A Saint Bernard puppy will eat around 510 lb. and an adult close to 540 lb. of dry food yearly (it varies for each dog and food brand). Annual expenses should be between $385 and $1,110 for a puppy and $255 to $1,105 for an adult dog. Other types of food and treats would increase the costs.

6 – How often should a Saint Bernard be professionally groomed and how much will it cost?

Grooming a Saint Bernard is easy enough that most owners should be able to do it themselves. Those who prefer having their dog professionally groomed can expect up to 6 visits to a salon every year. Each session should cost from $65 to $120 depending on the dog and services needed.

7 – Are there any other expenses to expect?

In the United States, a dog license usually costs between $10 and $20. The cost could be slightly higher if the dog is not spayed or neutered. Having the dog licensed is mandatory almost everywhere.

A dog microchip costs $25 to $50 on average in the US and is generally implanted during a medical appointment. It is placed under the skin usually between the shoulder blades. Dogs adopted from a shelter or bought from a breeder sometimes already have a microchip.

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, the average annual price is $566 for accident and illness coverage plans or $190 for accident only plans.

Dog walkers usually charge $15 to $25 for 30 minutes group walks and $20 to $50 for 1-hour long ones. Prices vary mainly depending on location. Private walks are more expensive.

A dog owner should budget $25 to $85 per day for dog boarding services. Prices vary depending on location, time of the year, and the level of service among other things.

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To help you out, this guide contains all the primary expenses that are necessary to ensure your future dog’s well-being. Make sure to take these considerations seriously before adopting or purchasing a Saint Bernard, as they are imperative to your dog leading a healthy, happy, and comfortable life in your home. Moreover, the dog should not be a financial burden on you or your family, so make sure to carefully read through each section to better understand the expenses that come with raising a Saint Bernard. Figures provided in this article are for informational purposes only. A dog owner should always find the actual costs applicable to his own situation before making any decision.

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Johann Chapuis

Johann Chapuis has assembled a fantastic team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists, dog trainers, groomers, and walkers to write every article and offer the most accurate content on petbudget.com. Being a pet lover and owner himself, Johann is sharing his experiences and his financial aptitude cultivated during his MBA with a specialization in finance and the numerous years he spent working as a business manager and entrepreneur.

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