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Breed Group: Working
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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Weight
Male: 105-140; Female: 85-110 lbs
Height
Male: 25.5-28.5; Female: 23.5-27 inches
Color(s)
black and rust, with white feet, chest, tail tip, muzzle, blaze, and possibly collar; rust color present on legs between white and black
Overview
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is protective, loyal, and affectionate. He is very eager to please, and makes a good watch dog. This breed is a very good worker, and is also amazingly bold.
Character
This is an alert breed, making him very good as a watchdog, however he is not aggressive so does not make a good guard dog. This dog is very courageous and will bark at the sign of intruders or odd noises.
Temperament
Dedicated, faithful, and loving, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog does make a very good companion. This breed is wonderful with children, and is usually very well mannered around other pets, however this breed likes to chase small animals, so he should be trained not to do so.
Care
Averagely shedding, a rubber brushing occasionally will suffice, or a brushing with a hard bristle brush. This will keep shedding to a minimum. Regular bathing is not needed, and a good wipe down should be enough for this easy to groom dog.
Coat
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a short double coat. The topcoat is dense and somewhat coarse, while the undercoat should be thick. The undercoat should show around the neck area.
Training
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is very intelligent and does well in many sports, including obedience. The trainer must be experienced as this is a large breed, however he is very eager to please and normal training methods keep his attention easily.
Activity
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog generally does not need much exercise, however considering he is a large breed, occasional exercise should be provided. This breed will do all right without a yard, but he does love long walks.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Location: State College, Pennsylvania
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Anonymous asked:

1/10/2012 1:40:22 PM

1/10/2012 1:40:22 PM

Where did the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog originate from? Where did the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog originate from?

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Anonymous

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs originate from Switzerland. They were bred for pulling carts, guarding, and droving.
1/27/2012 2:32:17 PM

Anonymous

In the Swiss Alps in Switzerland
1/9/2014 12:29:22 AM

Anonymous asked:

11/15/2011 9:28:05 PM

11/15/2011 9:28:05 PM

What is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shedding like -bad or good? What is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shedding like -bad or good?

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Anonymous

It's about average, I take care to brush him down every other day to avoid too much shedding
4/25/2012 4:23:48 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/30/2011 4:11:51 PM

10/30/2011 4:11:51 PM

What is the great Swiss mountain dog's standard life expectancy? What is the great Swiss mountain dog's standard life expectancy?

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Anonymous

about seven years
1/9/2012 7:47:49 PM

Anonymous

7 years, NOT True! Closer to 10 or even 12 years.
8/2/2012 5:56:58 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/19/2011 2:08:33 PM

10/19/2011 2:08:33 PM

I have read that Swiss Mountain Dogs are prone to epilepsy.Is that true? I have read that Swiss Mountain Dogs are prone to epilepsy.Is that true?

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Anonymous

Yes it is true - Swiss Mountain Dogs are prone to epilepsy.
11/19/2011 4:56:16 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/7/2011 5:42:17 PM

10/7/2011 5:42:17 PM

I have a 14month old Great Swiss Mountain dog, she has allergies to something. Cant pin point... I have a 14month old Great Swiss Mountain dog, she has allergies to something. Cant pin point what it is. Im pretty sure its something outside, maybe a plant or something.Has anybody else ever had problems with there Swissy and allergies? Her face,head and the fronts of her legs break out in a rash. Never any vomitting or diarreah though.

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fleas?
1/9/2012 7:48:58 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/7/2011 12:22:30 AM

10/7/2011 12:22:30 AM

Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with kids? Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with kids?

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Anonymous

I have had two swissys, and they LOVE kids. They tend to be very good with family, but very reserved with strangers. They will not be the neighborhood dog. They will, however, adore the family children.
1/15/2012 4:11:37 PM

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9/25/2011 8:08:21 PM

9/25/2011 8:08:21 PM

I have heard issues with Greater Swiss' barking. Is it incessant or just loud? We have had Great... I have heard issues with Greater Swiss' barking. Is it incessant or just loud? We have had Great Danes in the past, so I am quite used to a thunderous bark. In fact the bark was one of the reason I loved having a Dane so much; she was as gentle as can be but sounded quite threatening. However, I don't think I could handle the constant noise one typically associates with smaller breeds.

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Anonymous

No the only time I ever hear my Greater Swiss bark is when strangers approach our property. The breed is not known for constant barking... only to warn off strangers
11/6/2011 5:43:01 PM

Anonymous

They only bark at people approaching the house. They make EXCELLENT watchdogs.
1/15/2012 4:13:02 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/24/2011 10:51:14 PM

9/24/2011 10:51:14 PM

We live near a river, so do the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs like water? And, are they somewhat... We live near a river, so do the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs like water? And, are they somewhat easy to train? Do they like horses? We live on a big farm with cats, horses and one dog who recently lost her bud and partner in crime.

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Anonymous

My Swissy is 14 months old, she hates water will not swim!I have tried several times, taking her with a friends lab. She was the easiest dog to train of any I have had, potty trained fully within the first month! We live on an acreage and have 3 other dogs(big and small) horses,mini donkey, chickens, cats and a ferret. My swissy loves them all!!! Best dog I have ever had!!!
10/7/2011 5:37:19 PM

Anonymous

This dog was even easier to train than my german shepherd. My swissy, trained quickly, had a brief lapse for about two weeks, but has been great since.
1/15/2012 4:15:50 PM

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8/22/2011 5:30:37 PM

8/22/2011 5:30:37 PM

I heard that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have problems with their hips, is that true? Because my... I heard that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have problems with their hips, is that true? Because my neighbors have had two of them and they both had bad hips.

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Anonymous

I have owned 4 Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and hips are always a concern with this breed. However, none of mine have had bad hips - I attribute this to keeping weight off them for their first 2-3 years.
9/1/2011 4:10:17 PM

Anonymous asked:

6/6/2011 10:24:01 PM

6/6/2011 10:24:01 PM

I've read that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can be very difficult to potty train...Any... I've read that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can be very difficult to potty train...Any suggestions?

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Anonymous

Yes! Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs do take much longer in general to potty train but with patience and crate training and no free-choice water they do come around! Dr. Donna Ragona
7/21/2011 12:21:29 AM

Anonymous

I had very few problems with housebreaking my swissy. He is VERY eager to please, and when he sees that we are happy with his behavior, he thrives. I cannot say say for sure, but I would estimate that it took about a month, month-and-a-half to train him--- we brought him home at 7 weeks. I believe that the success of training is based on the personalities and wills of the individual dog and owner much more than the breed.
1/15/2012 4:23:02 PM

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