The Saint Bernard - the genial giant of the Swiss Alps - is among the world's most famous and beloved breeds. Saints are famously watchful and patient 'nanny dogs' for children. This genial giant is among the world's most famous and beloved breeds. The Saint's written standard abounds with phrases like 'very powerful,' 'extraordinarily muscular,' 'imposing,' and 'massive.' A male stands a minimum 27.5 inches at the shoulder; females will be smaller and more delicately built. The huge head features a wrinkled brow, a short muzzle, and dark eyes, combining to give Saints the intelligent, friendly expression that was such a welcome sight to stranded Alpine travelers.