Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog
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In my own words

My kind has always been a working dog but I love being a family companion just as much! I’m absolutely devoted to my family and I’ll do anything to protect my “flock”. You’re in safe hands with me! I love playing with the children too, it’s great fun being included in all the family activities. I just love it!

I’ve got bundles of energy and I just can’t wait to get going for a walk or a run. There’s nothing like feeling the breeze on your face! As long as I’ve got something to do, I’m happy. I hate being bored you see, I like to be on the go as much as possible! Now... Do you fancy going for a run...?

My ideal owner(s)


Active, outdoorsy types

Families with older children

What they say about me

Self confident




Please read on, to find out more about me, and whether I will be someone you can be happy with for the next 11 years, or even longer!

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Information essential about the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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Large: Weight 45 – 65 lb (20.4 – 29.5 kg)

Height: 17 – 20” (44 – 52 cm)


This rare breed is popular in its native Switzerland but rarely seen outside of its homeland.


Breed History:

The Entlebucher is named after a town and region in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. It is the smallest of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs. It is believed to be descended from the fighting and guarding mastiffs brought to Switzerland by the Romans in the first century B.C. The Entlebucher was only described as a separate breed in 1889 though initially little distinction was made betweehnthe Entlebucher Sennenhund and the Appenzeller Sennenhund. The breed was saved from extinction by the efforts of Franz Schertenlieb and Professor Albert Heim who was an advocate for rare Sennenhund breeds.


After WWI no examples of the breed were found until 1927 when sixteen were found and the breed was restored. The first breed club was formed in 1926. Originally this breed was used for guarding and herding but today the Entlebucher is a companion dog.


This breed is good natured and devoted to its family. They are versatile, lively and active and extremely protective of their family. They are sociable and very much a people’s dog who like to be surrounded by activity and people.


This breed is intelligent and sociable although they can be reserved with strangers. They are lively, active and energetic as well as being self assured and determined – particularly when they are working. They do best when they have a job to do but they do make trusted companions and great family members. Their are faithful and loving towards their family as well as being quite protective of them.


The Entlebucher is sturdy, square, working dog. The ears are small and triangular and the eyes are small, brown and lively. The head is well proportioned and the skull is strong and flat. The jaw is long, well formed and powerful. The feet are compact and the body is muscular. The tail is sometimes docked which is prohibited in some countries or it may have a natural bobtail.


The coat is smooth, close and harsh with symmetrical markings of black, tan and white.


The coat comes only in tricolour. The coat has white on its toes, tip of the tail, chest and blaze with tan always between the black and white markings.


This breed is alert and eager to please as well as being very intelligent. Early socialisation is required as they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. Early obedience training is recommended and the Entlebucher responds best to a firm, calm and consistent handler.


The Entlebucher has a smooth coat which is easily groomed and they benefit from regular brushing. This breed is an average shedder.


The lifespan of a healthy individual is about 11 to 15 years. If you buy from a reputable, responsible breeder, health problems should not occur. Due to this breed’s rarity, inbreeding has led to congenital defects in this breed such as hip displasia. They are also known to suffer Hemolytic anaemia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.


This breed is active and energetic and requires good daily walks or jogs to keep them fit and healthy. They are not recommended for apartment dwelling as they need plenty of space. The Entlebucher needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation as it is a working dog. They do best when they have a job to do.

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Good jogging companion5/5
Good walking companion5/5
Likes water/swimming4/5
Likes learning new tricks5/5
Likes to hunt4/5
Likes to fetch5/5
Good gundog/retriever3/5
Barks a lot3/5
Gets easily jealous1/5
Friendly with strangers3/5
Expensive to insure1/5
Expensive to feed1/5
Happy to sleep outside1/5
Prefers countryside5/5
Suits urban environment1/5
Prefers temperate climate5/5
Prefers hot climate4/5
Prefers cold climate5/5
Moults a lot3/5
Requires lots of grooming2/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly3/5
Ideal for singles5/5
Ideal for couples with no children5/5
Ideal for family with children4/5
Good watch dog5/5
Good guard dog5/5
Good with other pets5/5
Good with other dogs5/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs0/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs0/5
Requires lots of exercise0/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners5/5
Good for experienced owners5/5
Good recall4/5
Easy to train3/5
Good jogging companion0/5
Good walking companion0/5
Likes water/swimming0/5
Likes learning new tricks0/5
Likes to hunt0/5
Likes to fetch0/5
Good gundog/retriever0/5
Barks a lot0/5
Gets easily jealous0/5
Friendly with strangers0/5
Expensive to insure0/5
Expensive to feed0/5
Happy to sleep outside0/5
Prefers countryside0/5
Suits urban environment0/5
Prefers temperate climate0/5
Prefers hot climate0/5
Prefers cold climate0/5
Moults a lot0/5
Requires lots of grooming0/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly0/5
Ideal for singles0/5
Ideal for couples with no children0/5
Ideal for family with children0/5
Good watch dog0/5
Good guard dog0/5
Good with other pets0/5
Good with other dogs0/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs0/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs0/5
Requires lots of exercise0/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners0/5
Good for experienced owners0/5
Good recall0/5
Easy to train0/5

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