Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Weight: 55-60 lbs
Height: 16-20 inches
Color(s): Tri-Color; Black with symmetrical white and rust markings.
Dating back to Roman times, this ancient breed is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs. Used by Alpine herdsmen to drive cattle, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog was also used as a companion and guardian. This working breed is extremely rare in both Europe and the United States.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is of medium-size, muscular, sturdy, and compactly built. This breed is agile, alert, and deft. Entlebucher Mountain Dog's possess a friendly and clever expression as well as strength and stamina.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. They are friendly, loyal, and form close attachments to their family. They do not do well if bored or isolated and prefer to be with their family. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog does best in a home with older considerate children. They do well with other dogs and household pets. This breed is protective of family, home, and territory and will alert to danger or their suspicions by barking.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog does not do well in warm climates. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush to remove loose and dead hair is recommended. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to not over-feed this breed, clip nails regularly, and provide dental hygiene. They are prone to such health issues as PRA, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.
The coat of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is glossy, hard, thick, and short. This breed is an average shedder.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog's are stubborn, strong-willed, and requires constant training with a skilled owner. Early socialization and obedience training are an absolute must. The Entlebucher is intelligent and eager to please. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment living or sedentary owners. This breed requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Entlebucher Mountain Dog's enjoy such family activities as jogging, walking, and frisbee. They do best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting with a job to do.
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