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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Also known as: Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund

Nickname: Swissy

Breed origin: Switzerland
Original purpose: General farm use as a herding dog, guard dog, and utilitarian draft dog.

AKC recognized: 1995
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 110 to 130 lbs; females 90 to 110 lbs
Size: Height: males 25½ to 28½ inches; females 23½ to 27 inches
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Color: Black with rich rust and white markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is bold, faithful, alert, vigilant, powerful, agile, and confident. They are willing workers and are very strong and athletic. They tend to be very gentle with young children and make great family companions. They are very dependent, crave attention, and love to be with people. They are very accepting of friendly or neutral strangers, including people and other dogs. They generally do not tolerate the heat well, and care must be taken to provide them with plenty of water and shade in hot climates. Ideally, they should be kept inside with air conditioning when it gets hot.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: carting, herding, obedience

Exercise requirement: Walking once or twice daily would be fine, but they are adaptable and can also handle a much more rigorous exercise schedule.

Grooming requirement: Their short coat is not prone to mats, but they have a heavy double coat that sheds year-round, with heavier bouts of shedding seasonally. Regular brushing and bathing helps to minimize the shedding.

Known health problems: Distichiasis, female urinary incontinence, epilepsy, gastric dilatation volvulus, splenic torsion, OCD of the shoulder, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heat stroke.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Nikki Moustaki
Published in 2006
155 pages

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Jim Barton
Published in 1997
93 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue Foundation
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue Foundation's new website

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