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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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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Anonymous

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

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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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Anonymous

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

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10/7/2011 12:22:30 AM

10/7/2011 12:22:30 AM

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

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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

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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

My experience wasnt that. My Greater Swiss Mountain boy didnt have one accident. Crate train
7/10/2011 4:46:28 PM

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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6/6/2011 11:56:16 AM

6/6/2011 11:56:16 AM

Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with cats? Or, at least tolerant of them? I have two cats,... Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with cats? Or, at least tolerant of them? I have two cats, and they tend to keep to themselves when it comes to other animals. I intend to get a puppy as young as possible, so he can grow up with them around. I just don't want to have to worry about instincts kicking in, like a husky's might.

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I have a 5 year old cat and we got our Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 3 months ago @ 8 weeks of age. He is absolutely wonderful and very tolerant of the cat. It really is more of the cat being tolerant of the new puppy!! It's taken some time, but she is coming around to him!! Good luck!
9/4/2011 10:28:50 AM

Anonymous asked:

3/21/2011 9:20:23 AM

3/21/2011 9:20:23 AM

How good of a protection dog are greater swiss mountain dogs? Are they as good as a rottweiler... How good of a protection dog are greater swiss mountain dogs? Are they as good as a rottweiler or doberman?

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Anonymous

My swissy appears to everyone as a loving goofy nerd. But she is extremely good at picking up on my emotions. If she notices that I'm on edge she would put herself in front of a bull if it came down to it. She has never bitten anyone but there have been a few times out on jogs when I got scared seeing someone at random and she growled and stood in front of me.
3/23/2011 11:06:51 PM

Anonymous

We have two female greater swiss mountain dogs and our house is set back from the road and they bark when people walk by, so if people are at the door they can sound very ferocious to people who don't know them. Their size is also intimidating to strangers approaching our house.
7/19/2011 5:10:31 PM

Anonymous

They are not as naturally aggressive as a rott or dobermann, but they put on a great show. They WILL bark at strangers, and their size and demeanor---though not aggressive---is VERY intimidating. Just ask our local UPS drivers and door-to-door salesmen.
1/15/2012 4:26:25 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/18/2011 10:28:16 PM

3/18/2011 10:28:16 PM

Are greater swiss mountain dogs good guard dogs? Are they as good as a doberman or rottweiler?

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Anonymous

Yes greater swiss mountain dogs are. They are from the same family of the rottweiler.
4/2/2011 9:50:43 AM

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2/21/2011 3:20:06 PM

2/21/2011 3:20:06 PM

What are the major health issues of the greater swiss mountain dog? I am considering getting a... What are the major health issues of the greater swiss mountain dog? I am considering getting a female, as a pet and not for breeding purposes. I have owned old english sheepdogs and golden retrievers in the past, so am used to good sized dogs..I have heard that cancer is a big concern with this breed, as well as the bernese mountain dogs..is this true?

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Anonymous

Joint problems in the hips and elbows, bloat where the stomach twists and foot can't get in or out-this could be fatal so you have to make sure the dog doesn't eat then run and the dog has to eat slow or small amounts at a time. You can check greater swiss mountain dog breeder's websites for more info
3/28/2011 9:26:57 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/17/2011 12:00:47 AM

2/17/2011 12:00:47 AM

1. Is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's hair between the bernese and swiss length? 2. Which... 1. Is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's hair between the bernese and swiss length? 2. Which breed's temperament are they closer too?

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Anonymous asked:

2/3/2011 4:09:12 PM

2/3/2011 4:09:12 PM

Considering how big Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are, what is the best way to teach them not to... Considering how big Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are, what is the best way to teach them not to jump?

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Anonymous

Simple training will do, while Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are affectionate dogs, they do well to not over-do it. Calm, depending on personality, so saying "No" or "Off" would be a good thing to teach them.
5/1/2011 9:12:56 AM

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1/31/2011 8:42:52 AM

1/31/2011 8:42:52 AM

Would a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog scare away intruders? Because, its normally the dog with... Would a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog scare away intruders? Because, its normally the dog with black and tan markings that scare people away. But since the swissy has white on it, would it still scare people, to walk on property with a swissy on it?

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Anonymous

We own a Greater Swiss. He's only a pup now but I can tell you when we went to purchase him and his very large father came bounding around the corner to greet us, both myself and my 6 foot tall husband jumped back in the car. In a picture you would think their markings make them less intimidating to intruders but face to face this isn't so. No one in the right mind would walk onto a property with a Swissy roaming around.
2/1/2011 7:26:27 AM

Anonymous

They are very intimidating. Their coloration being mostly black does give a psychological scare to most people. However, their size and build would give even the most experienced dog people a moment of pause. My swissy is 125 lbs, and his chest measures over 40 inches. When he sees strangers, he will run up to them at full speed--- growling, howling and barking, and all his hair stands on edge. For that not to scare someone, they would have to have a death wish.
1/15/2012 4:33:35 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/23/2011 2:41:12 PM

1/23/2011 2:41:12 PM

do greater swiss mountain dogs drool?

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Anonymous

Its a dog. hahaha! Yea greater swiss mountain dogs drool but not really bad like other bigger dogs do. Like a saint bernard, they drool like crazy but you wouldnt have to worry about the Swissy getting everything too wet ;)
4/5/2011 1:56:18 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/24/2010 7:17:25 PM

11/24/2010 7:17:25 PM

I'm considering buying a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. Is there anything I should know in... I'm considering buying a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. Is there anything I should know in particular about the breed? Also, how much do they shed and drool on a scale of 1 to 10? 1 being very minimal and 10 being the worst. It will be allowed inside my house and I don't want it to become a disaster if at all possible :)

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Anonymous

Greater Swiss Mountain dogs generally do not drool at all. As far as shedding, it's an average amount if you brush them out regularly (at least weekly). If you don't brush them often enough, there will be fur tumbleweeds on your floor on an ongoing basis. That said, my Swissy (now deceased at age 9) was one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met and was a wonderful member of our family.
12/15/2010 10:13:23 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/7/2010 6:23:32 PM

11/7/2010 6:23:32 PM

What is they average life span of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?

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Anonymous

EIGHT TO TEN YEARS life span for the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
11/11/2010 7:09:21 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/6/2010 11:13:30 PM

11/6/2010 11:13:30 PM

I live in NE Montana and it gets very cold. Would a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog do okay?

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Anonymous

Yes Greater Swiss Mountain dogs would because they originated in the greater swiss mountains.
11/7/2010 6:19:05 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/26/2010 8:23:03 PM

9/26/2010 8:23:03 PM

it appears that this particular breed (great swiss mt dog) does well with children which is my... it appears that this particular breed (great swiss mt dog) does well with children which is my biggest concern when considering this breed. My family does have a bit of allergies-are they considered hypoallergenic at all, or do you know of anyone with my situation who is not or is bothered by the derm/fur?

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Anonymous

As far as I know the only dogs considered to be hypoallergenic and those that grow hair and not fur. For example, a Yorkie's coat is more hair like than fur. There are some other types of dogs that are also more hair like but the Greater Swiss is not one of those
11/2/2010 9:30:21 PM

Anonymous

No Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are not hypoallergenic, but if you brush they're coat every day once a day they will shed much less.
11/7/2010 6:27:00 PM

Anonymous

As a former owner of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, wonderful with kids and other dogs. No allergies from dog. A VERY BIB DOG, A big teddybear. The most wonderful dog i have ever owned.
11/11/2010 7:07:16 PM

Anonymous

My Greater Swiss Mountain dog was wonderful with my children - we got him when he was 10 months old and my son was about 18 months old. They grew up together and Angus was a wonderful member of our family until his death at age 9. So, yes, in general they are excellent family dogs. If not brushed regularly, they will shed a fair amount and I would certainly not consider them any more hypoallergenic than other dogs. Dogs considered good with allergies generally are limited to poodles and a few other breeds.
12/15/2010 10:17:27 PM

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