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How much a dog will eat depends on several things including the activity level of the dog, the metabolism of the dog and the quality of food it is being fed. On a high quality, grain-free dog food; the average St.Bernard should eat about 3 1/2 - 4 cups of food a day split into two meals. For a Standard Poodle, the average is between 2 - 2 1/2 cups per day split into two meals. So for the St.Berdoodle mix; the dog could eat anywhere from 2 1/2 - 4 cups of food a day depending on how much exercise your dog gets daily and how fast his/her metabolism is. Start with what your breeder feeds and the amount. Cut it back if you notice your dog becoming over-weight or up the amount of food if your dog is loosing weight or needs more because of an increase in physical activity.
Every dog is different and when you mix two or more breeds together, it all depends on if the dog takes after the sire or dam more. Some St. Bernard/Poodle crosses need an average of 2 hours of running exercise a day, like a Poodle would need. While others, that take after the St. Bernard, need only about an hour of low-impact exercise a day. Watch your puppy and make sure you do as much low-impact exercise as possible to reduce the risk of hip/elbow problems.
No, not really. If you want a dog that will protect you and your children, you should get a Newfoundland or a Saint Bernard. Since the Saint Berdoodle is part Poodle, it may try to dominate your kids.
I know a Saint Berdoodle and have a Standard Poodle, the Saint Berdoodle is very protective of its owners, and my Standard Poodle is very protective of my children. I have never had a problem with either one of my Poodles, Standard or Miniature, trying to dominate my children. From my knowledge, I'd say this would be a good choice for you. Although you will have to be ready for the health problems that do come along with them, there aren't as many as with a St. Bernard because of the mix with the Standard, but it is still something to consider and research.
Poodles don't generally dominate kids. That's only if you treat them like humans.
Giant Schnauzers are good for a family, and will protect them VERY well.