Entlebucher Mountain Dog is considered a great companion for humans; he is loyal and attached to his family. If there are no loved ones near him for a long time, he begins to be sad and longing. He loves children and willingly plays with them. This is especially true for school-age and teenage children. Toddlers may make the dog a little nervous.
|Another Name||Entlebucher Sennenhund,|
Entelbucher Cattle Dog, Entlebucher,
Bouvier de l’Entlebuch
|Height||Males 44-50 +2 cm|
Females 42-48 +2 cm
|FCI Classification||Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs|
|Group||Watchdogs, protection dogs (guard dogs)|
Entlebucher Mountain Dog or Entlebucher Sennenhund became an independent breed only in 1913. Before that time, he belonged to the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed. During the war, the work on the breeding of a purebred stopped, and soon it disappeared. So the species was on the verge of extinction.
The scientist Kobler set to work on the restoration of the breed and find the bitch the scientist had to travel all over Switzerland. He managed to find the bitch Babel, which gave rise to all modern dogs.
For the first time, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog participated in a show in 1927; the same year, breeders received the right to breed dogs. A male dog named Mooch participated in a show in the 1960s, where he collected all the prizes.
The body of the dog is a bit stretched. The coat is short, dense, tricolor: the primary color is black, there are red and white markings. The eyes are small, of brown shades. The tail can be naturally short or long.
It looks solid, muscular dog. Height ranges from 42 to 50 cm. The male dogs are usually a little bit bigger than the females. The weight ranges from 25 to 30 kg.
The head is large, wedge-shaped. The transition from head to neck smooth. The muzzle seems very powerful; the nose is black. Ears of medium size, high, wide. They are rounded at the tips. The dog also has a thick undercoat, which is tight to the skin and almost invisible.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog is considered a great companion for humans; he is loyal and attached to his family. If there are no loved ones near him for a long time, he begins to be sad and longing.
He loves children and willingly plays with them. This is especially true for school-age and teenage children. Toddlers may make the dog a little nervous. They are not very patient.
If a pet senses danger, it will always warn its owner. They are excellent guard dogs. They have a very loud bark that easily scares away strangers.
Dogs are good with other animals, even like playing with them and spending time in the company. But this is only when there is no turf war.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog can live without problems both in an apartment and in a private home with a large area. The main rule is a daily long walk outside. They have a lot of extra energy, so it needs somewhere to splash out. Various competitive games, sports, running, and other activities are great for this.
In summer, dogs can overheat in the sun, so it is essential to keep your pet in the shade. A walk is best done three times a day – morning, evening, and lunchtime for 10-15 minutes.
If you see that an Entlebucher is hot, wipe his paws and belly with a wet towel. The pet will willingly swim in the river and the lake. You can also allow him to swim in the pool. After that, be sure to check for water in the ears. A pet’s fur does not require much care; it is enough to brush it once a week and bathe it once every six months.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is very intelligent and has an excellent memory. But still, there are some problems with learning. The dog is stubborn, and he doesn’t have to please the owner; often, he makes his own decisions and shows his independence.
It is important to accustom your pet to other people and animals from an early age because they can bark loudly at passersby.
From the age of four months to about one year, dogs become cranky, and obedience is difficult. If difficulties arise during training, experts recommend placating the dog with a treat or praise. They are easier to influence with positive reinforcement.
Overall, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is healthy, with only hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, retinal atrophy identified.
You can feed your Entlebucher Mountain Dog natural food or food. If you choose the second option, it is essential to remember that it is best to consult a doctor because not all foods are digested equally.
If fed with natural food, most of the diet should consist of meat by-products. Cereals, vegetables, fruits can be given, and vitamins and minerals can be added to the diet.