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March 28, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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Overview:

  • Height: 19"- 20”
  • Weight: 45-65 pounds
  • Historical function: Herding
  • Modern function: Herding, companion
  • AKC classification: Herding

Physical Characteristics:

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.

History of the Breed:

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.

Temperament:

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.  

  • Best suited for: Active families willing to include their dog in most activities. Best with an experienced dog handler.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog will do well with at least a moderate-sized yard, but prefers to be with their humans whenever possible. Loves to have a job and is suited for agility. They prefer cooler climates.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care short coat requires occasional brushing and is an average shedder. Bathe occasionally.
  • Exercise needs: Long daily walk and play required for the best behavior from this dog.
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia and hemolytic anemia.

Breed Club Links: National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Vest by RuffWear to cool this dog in the summer.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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