Saint Bernards Come to Smolak Farmsfarmhand922023-01-28T07:59:50-05:00
Join the New England Saint Bernard Club at Smolak Farms for a sled pull!
One of our most favorite holiday traditions is to welcome the Saint Bernards to the farm!
The lovable and gentle Saint Bernards from New England Saint Bernard Club arrive at the Farm and help our guests pull their pre-cut trees to your car. They are also very happy to take pictures with you and make your day unforgettable!
A bit of background on The New England Saint Bernard Club
The New England Saint Bernard Club was formed in 1946 to promote the betterment and welfare of the Saint Bernard Breed. The New England Saint Bernard Club has members covering a territory of over 72,000 miles including New England, New York, New Jersey and the Carolinas.
Curious to learn more about the Saint Bernard breed?
As early as 1050 in the Swiss Alps, Bernard of Menthon established a hospice to assist travelers to Rome. With snow drifts as high as 40 feet powerful working dogs, later known as the Saint Bernard was used to move with the travelers. Over the course of three centuries of work it is estimated that Saints rescued more than 2,000 lives while traveling across the Alps. In addition to working through the Mountains, Saints also worked as guard, herding and draft dogs for the valley farms and Alpine dairies. The original Saint Bernard was a short hair/smooth coat and the long hair/rough coat was not bred into the Breed until 1830.
The Saint Bernard is considered a Giant Breed dog, weighing between 140-180 pounds for males and 120-140 pounds for females. The Breed Standard, created by the Saint Bernard Club of America, calls for males to be 28-30 inches at the withers and females to be 26-28 inches. The average lifespan of the Saint Bernard is 8-10 years and part of the AKC Working Group. The Breed Standard uses the word “powerful” multiple times to describe the appearance of the Breed, as the image of the dog should be such.