- Dogs suitable for experienced owners
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys vigorous walks
- Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
- Large dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- Great family dog
- Needs a large garden
- Best suited to countryside
- Cannot be left alone
|Lifespan:||11 – 15 years|
|Weight:||23 – 30kg|
|Height:||42 – 50cm|
|Colours:||Comes only in tri-colour i.e., solid black with tan and white markings to the face, throat, chest, legs and tail|
|UK Kennel Club Groups:||Working (Import Register)|
|Easy to train:||3/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||2/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
Personable and friendly, to the point of silly and goofy with family members, the Entlebucher is ‘a whole lotta love’ bundled up in a hefty dog on a long frame with slightly shorter legs. They were designed to drive cattle, which means getting at their heels but staying out of kicking range. As with most cattle dog types, the Entlebucher has the determined and fearless nature required to work animals weighing half a ton or more.
Quick thinking and eager to learn, the Entlebucher really wants to work with their person, and needs a job, or two, to do. Left bored and unfulfilled this is likely to be a loud, destructive and unhappy pet. They do not do well if left alone, they really need to be someone’s constant companion.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Switzerland
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain dog breeds, and whilst they are considered a medium dog due to their height, they are in reality a robust and fairly large breed on slightly short legs.
Bred to drive cattle down from mountain pastures, fulfil a general farm dog role and pull milk carts, the Entlebucher is an adaptable and versatile working breed.
The true origins of the Entlebucher and indeed the other three Swiss Mountain Dog breeds, are unclear. It is likely given that all four breeds are robust, fairly heavily built dogs with large heads and strong chests, that they have some mastiff ancestry. As working dogs were, until relatively recently, bred according to working ability rather than appearance alone, it is possible other useful herding, driving and farm dogs were used to create these breeds.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has certainly been around a long time, possibly before the Roman Empire. By the late 1800’s, all the Swiss herding mountain dogs were becoming rare. A Professor Albert Heim set out to save them, and the smaller Entlebucher, as a more economic to keep and feed was the least in danger of dying out. First recognised in Switzerland as a breed in their own right in 1913, they were still limited to Switzerland and Germany. Imported to Canada in the 1980’s and then into the US, they have finally made it onto the UK Kennel Clubs Import Register and will hopefully be full members of the Working Group in due course.
Did You Know?
- Sennenhund refers to the ‘Senn’ people, herders in the Swiss Alps, so Sennenhund translates to ‘dog of the Senn people’.
- There are four Sennenhund types:
- Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund – Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- Berner Sennenhund – Bernese Mountain Dog
- Appenzeller Sennenhund – Appenzeller Mountain Dog
- Entlebucher Sennenhund – Entlebucher Mountain Dog
- The Entlebucher is the smallest Sennenhund. The Bernese is probably the best known outside their native Switzerland.