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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium sized somewhat long bodied breed, solidly built and robust yet surprisingly agile and quick. The Entlebucher’s short coat is dense and close fitting, harsh on top with a thick undercoat.

11 – 15 years
23 – 30kg
42 – 50cm
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)
The need-to-know
  • 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
Generally healthy breed

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog can be prone to:
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Ectopic ureters¹ which is where the ureters (the tubes that a dog's urine passes through) do not enter the bladder in the correct position which causes incontinence.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹O. Balogh et al, 'Validation of screening examinations of the ureteral orifices in dogs: comparison of ultrasonography with dissection', 2015, Research in Veterinary Science


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.

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.