Breed Group: Working
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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