Roll Over, Beethoven – It’s Tattoo Time!


Compared to other dog breeds, the St. Bernard doesn’t receive nearly as much tattoo love. With Beethoven released 25 years ago, I thought it was time to show them some appreciation.


Can you believe that the film first hit Aussie screens way back in 1992? Feeling old yet?


This family-friendly flick starred many actors who went on to have successful film and television careers. You may not have recognised them back in the day, but you’ll now spot Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Nicholle Tom from The Nanny, Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, and even The X-Files‘ own, David Duchovny.


For some the St. Bernard reminds one of sweet childhood memories, and for others it’s a favourite dog breed or even a beloved family pet. No matter the reasoning or meaning surrounding this specific dog breed, you can now enjoy a St. Bernard, without the responsibility and bucket-loads of drool, by getting your very own tattoo.


Beethoven (real name Chris) might be rolling over in his grave at the thought of these tattoos, but it will be for all the right reasons.



It may come as a surprise that film legend, John Hughes co-wrote Beethoven under the pseudonym Edmond Dantès.


The original Beethoven movie grossed almost $150 million worldwide.


Beethoven game was developed and completed for the Sega Genesis, but it was never released.


St. Bernard puppies grew so fast that producers of Beethoven’s 2nd had to cast up to 100 of them to portray the four puppies in the film.


In total, there are eight Beethoven movies in the series, although only the first two received a theatrical release.


Beethoven took on the role of family protector but, in the French Alps, St. Bernards were used as herding or draft dogs, to protect livestock, and even to assist in search and rescue missions.


You’ve heard of Beethoven (real name Chris), but have you heard of Barry? It’s reported that the St. Bernard is responsible for saving the lives of as many as 100 people.



Originally published July 18, 2017 –

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