Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Herding); CKC (Working); FCI (Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)


Large. Weight: 55–65 lbs Height: Males 17.5–19.5 inches ; Females 16.5–19 inches


Short and sleek


Tricolor (Black, White, and Tan; Black, White, and Yellow), Solid Black

Life Span:

10 to 13 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain breeds


Entlebucher Mountain Dog Overview

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain breeds and is fairly newly recognized by the AKC. The other breeds similar to the Entlebucher are the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Bernese Mountain Dog. The Entlebucher is a herding breed, was originally used to drive cattle to market, but has expanded his role as his popularity has grown.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Characteristics

The breed is calm and protective, but also very loyal and friendly to its owners. Like other herding breed dogs, the Entlebucher is very intelligent and a faster learner. However, ignoring this intelligence can lead to destructive behavior. Entlebuchers also enjoy extra roles such as pulling carts like their larger breed cousins.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Temperament

Like most herding dogs, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is protective and calm, useful skills for protecting a flock or herd. They are very loyal to their families, but get along well with other dogs and people. They can also have an independent streak and can be very courageous and self-confident.

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Entlebucher Mountain Dog Care

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs live on average 10-12 years, typical for their size. As with many larger breed dogs, hip dysplasia, passed down genetically, is a common health concern. Another genetic disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy is common and can cause cataracts and blindness.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Coat

Unlike the larger Bernese, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs instead take after their Greater Swiss cousins with a short, sleek coat. Their coat is easily maintained with brushing to keep the coat clean and dry. Shedding does occur, but in a moderate amount. Tails may also be docked or kept long. Long tails have a small fringe of fur that can be taken care of with brushing.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Training

Their independence and intelligence makes the Entlebucher Mountain Dog a smart and easily trainable dog. However, this can also backfire as their intelligence may get them into trouble when boredom strikes. Keeping these dogs entertained with activities, tricks or basic obedience is key to a happy and productive dog.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Activity

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are active due to their heritage as breeding dogs. They also enjoy activities such as pulling carts and strength competitions. Outdoor activities are a favorite of the Entlebucher, and hikes or walks outdoors help keep him happy.

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