What kind of dog is Nana in Peter Pan?


Have you ever wondered what kind of dog is Nana from Peter pan? This post will talk about the Nana breed. Nana is a dog character in Peter pan. In this post, we will present a brief description of the nanny Nana character, finally we will discover the breed of the docile Nana and we will talk about the physical and behavioral characteristics of the breed.

What kind of dog is Nana in Peter Pan?

Nana is originally a dog of the Newfoundland breed, but in the movies, Nana is represented by a female dog of the St Bernard breed.  And in this blog post we are going to focus on the breed presented in the movies.

What is Peter pan?

Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. A free-spirited, mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up. Peter travels from the enchanted island of Neverland to London to find Wendy Darling to tell her stories about him and his adventures. The main antagonist of the Peter Pan series and films is Captain Hook.

Peter Pan’s story has separated into several works such as Barrie’s The Little White Bird (1902, with chapters 13-18 published in Peter Pan at Kensington Gardens in 1906), and the West End play Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904, which expanded into the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy), plus a 1924 silent film, the 1953 Disney animated film, a live-action/dramatic film 2003, a television series and many other works.

Who is Nana?

Nana is a female dog who appears in the 1953 Disney animated Peter Pan movie. She is the nanny for the children Wendy, John and Michael Darling. Nana is very affectionate and treats Darling children like her own puppies.

About St Bernard breed

This breed originates in the Swiss Alps. These large dogs were kept by monks and were used as companion and rescue dogs for travelers lost in snow and fog. Its physical and behavioral characteristics will be described below.

Physical characterizes

It is a large animal, with a balanced, powerful, resistant, and muscular body. Its large head has an alert facial expression. The muzzle is substantial and broad, while the eyes are dark, with a friendly countenance. The ears are medium and droopy.

It can have two coat variations, with long hair and short coat (double coat, “Stockhaar”). Both varieties are of considerable size and similar in appearance. Its colors are white with larger or smaller light red spots to a continuous light to dark red mantle covering the back and flanks, A faulty reddish brown mantle, A reddish brown streaked color. Brownish yellow, Dark shadows on the head are desirable.


It is a pet breed, it is very faithful, friendly by nature, temperament from calm to cunning and watchful. St Bernard has a calm and patient temperament. It is a kind animal. Can be stubborn in certain situations. Excellent companion dog for families.

Health care

St Bernard breeds are dogs that may have some genetic diseases such as Hip Dysplasia and Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

Hip Dysplasia is a genetic alteration, very common in several large breeds. Dysplasia is a malformation in the hip joint that causes discomfort, pain, can lead the dog to limp, have problems with locomotion that worsen with age.

Because it is a genetic trait, dogs with a high degree of the disease should not be bred. There are imaging tests that classify the degree of dysplasia and can be performed even in puppies.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is an alteration that can be genetic or due to a lack of the nutrient Taurine in the diet. This disease is characterized by changes in the heart muscle that cause blood pumping failure. The most frequent clinical signs are fainting, weakness and exercise intolerance.

It is always recommended to buy animals in responsible kennels that aim at the genetic improvement of the breed, avoiding the dog proliferation with a high degree of genetic diseases.

As for reproduction, few reproductive problems are reported. Females tend to be very affectionate with their puppies. St bernad has large female dogs that can lie on the puppies, crushing them to death. Dogs and puppies must stay in specific boxes to avoid this situation.

Before having a dog, it is essential to talk to a veterinarian to choose the ideal breed for your family. And once you’re with the animal, it’s important to regularly monitor the animal’s health with exams, vaccinations, and appointments.

Breed care

Below we will talk about some care for the St Bernard breed such as:

  • Health care;
  • Bath care;
  • Fur care;
  • Nail care;
  • Teeth care.

Health care

St Bernards need to keep their vaccinations and deworming up to date, so it is advisable to visit the vet at least once a year. They tend to be very healthy, active and playful dogs.

Bath care

Baths in this breed are indicated with specific shampoos for dogs. Bathing should be done very carefully, especially to avoid getting water into the ear. The animal must always be very dry after bathing to avoid the growth of microorganisms that can lead to dermatitis.

Fur care

The St Bernard’s coat should be brushed once a week. Its coat does not need to be trimmed. Twice a year the fur loss season occurs. During these periods, the St Bernard’s coat should be brushed every day.

Nail care

As for nail clipping, it is recommended to cut the dog’s nail once or twice a month. Cutting the nails prevents the animal from getting hurt or even hurting the tutor.

Teeth care

Dogs of this breed should brush their teeth every 48 hours with a dog-specific toothpaste. Constant brushing of your dog’s teeth helps prevent tartar buildup and the resulting problems.


In this blog post we were able to find out more about the St Bernard breed. Themes such as the physical characteristics of the St Bernard, in addition to its faithful, friendly nature and calm temperament, which makes it an excellent companion dog. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): What kind of dog nana in peter pan is?

Is an St. Bernard aggressive? 

No. The St. Bernard breed is quiet and calm in general. But his giant size, strength, stubbornness, and anxiety can result in a wrecking house.

How big is St. Bernard?

The size of the dogs is measured by the height of the withers, to the St Bernard’s the ideal size is between 70 to 90 cm for males and 65 to 80 cm for females.

Are St. Bernard good family pets?

Yes, they are calm, faithful and companions and are great to consider if you have young children. They are famous for being cheerful and are considered the nanny dogs.


CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2018 Official Breed Standard: St. Bernard. Availabe in: https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_61.pdf Accessed 10th Jan 2022.

Ohmer, S. (2008). 6 Disney’s Peter Pan: Gender, Fantasy, and Industrial Production. In Second Star to the Right (pp. 151-187). Rutgers University Press.

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