Yeah, the big dogs die sooner. Danes one of the worst. St Bernards used to last at most 5 years. Better formulas for dog food, and heartworm prevention have really helped though. Max, our St Bernard about to die is 11! That's beyond belief for a St Bernard. The best bet is to get several.
But nevertheless, big dogs rule. When I moved into the house, the neighbor warned us about vandals and burglary of the cars out front etc. 11 years later, not one problem, for me or the immediate neighbors. You see those teen troublemakers walk a little faster past my house when they see the pack.
They fear the chain link fence won't hold em back. Other day I went out to get the paper and the garage door had been open all night. 4 ebikes right on the doorstep, visible power tools, etc. All still safe as in a bank vault.
stuff in my backyard is pretty safe fro that reason...Between Nana and Hachi, and previously Bonnie, it's been pretty much no problems with anyone that knows the area. I think I had one person climb the fence a while back, using the recycle bin as a booster, but I didn't find any evidence of anything else, and the fence top was bent up a little like they left in a hurry.
Before that, I had Lady the Wolf-Great Pyrenees mix, and she was bigger than any other dog I've had before or since. Miss her the most, too--more like a 7 or 8 year old kid, where most dogs are like 3 year olds or less. Even Bonnie the Border Collie wasn't the same, although she was very clever. Hachi and Nana come close, but still not qutie the same.
Nice animal !!.. ( sorry to hear about the loss of the pack members...
) ... i dont know how i'm going to make it thru when my sandy gets there... ... i may have to be put on suicide watch.
I love dogs.. not sure i could handle a st bernard tho, them suckers are HUGE... and man.. do they drooooool
They don't all--Nana doesn't except when she refills from the water bowl (since both her and Hachi tend to stick their face into it).
As for losing them...each loss hurts more than the last, but I can never not save another one, they save me as much as I do them.
Each new one I appreciate even more than the last, because I know I will lose them, and spend the time we've all got together, together.