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Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Also known as: Entlebucher Sennenhund
Breed origin: Switzerland
Original purpose: Used historically by Swiss farmers to move cows from pasture to pasture in the Alps.
AKC recognized: Not yet
AKC group: Miscellaneous Class
Height: males 17 to 21 inches;
females 16 to 20 inches
Tricolor. Basic color must be black with tan (fawn to mahogany) and white markings, which should be as symmetric as possible. White from chin to chest without interruption. An inverted cross on chest desirable. In full-length tail, tip of tail is normally white. White on all four feet. Undesirable but tolerated – small white patch on the nape of the neck (not more than 2 inches), high boot, socks and bib. Color and markings should not take precedence over overall soundness, balance and temperament.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is intelligent, quick and agile, agreeable, and confident They are highly trainable and very devoted to their family. While they are independent and self confident, they are very attached to their people and are happiest if they are by their side constantly. They remain highly energetic dog for their entire lifetime and thrive when given a job to do. Tireless workers with an excellent work ethic, they make excellent partners in any athletic canine activity their owners might choose. Because they are territorial and slightly suspicious of strangers, thorough socialization and consistent training beginning in puppyhood is very important. They make natural guardians and watch dogs, and mature dogs are generally good with children with proper training and socialization. However, puppies are usually too exuberant and play too rough with small children. Some Entlebuchers might also herd small children by knocking them off their feet, in the same way Entlebuchers would hurl themselves at cattle when herding.
Good with children?
Yes once mature, but most puppies are too rambunctious with small children.
Good with other dogs?
Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
herding, agility, flyball, disc, obedience, tracking
At least an hour of vigorous exercise a day.
Brush weekly to minimize shedding, especially in the springtime.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, hemolytic anemia, cataracts, glaucoma, torn anterior cruciate ligament, ectopic ureters.
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association
Wikipedia breed information page