Meet the Breed: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, sometimes referred to as the Entelbucher Cattle Dog, is a medium-sized sturdy dog that is muscular and athletic. The ears are small and triangular. The eyes are small and brown. The dog's coat is symmetrically tricolored.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss mountain dog breeds. The name Sennenhund refers to people called Senn, herders in the Swiss Alps. Entlebuch is a municipality in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland. These dogs are descendants of the Molossus-type dogs brought by the Romans as they passed through Helvetia over two thousand years ago; however, the Entlebucher was only described as a separate breed in 1889. Very few dogs were found of this type and a breeding program by advocates slowly increased their numbers over the last century. The breed only recently got accepted into the AKC in 2011.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is an intelligent and independent thinking dog, as most herding dogs are required to be. Though these dogs are independent thinkers, they are still very attached to their owners and will not thrive alone in a backyard. They do require a strong alpha human leader who can guide them with calm confidence to get the most out of this breed's personality. Can be a good house pet if socialized early and well. Good with children under these circumstances but may try to herd small children and must be trained not to do this. Slightly suspicious of strangers so makes a good watchdog.
Breed Club Links: National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association
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