Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Overview

This is a powerful draft strain. It’s big and strong, slightly longer than tall. Its motion displays great reach and drive. Its double coat is made up of thick undercoat and compact outer coat, about 1 to 13/4 inches long. Its term is gentle and revived.

The Greater Swiss mountain dog is a sensitive, faithful and exceptionally devoted family companion. It’s calm and easygoing, very tender with kids in addition to other pets. It’s territorial, attentive, daring and attentive.

AKC RANKING 98
FAMILY livestock dog, mastiff (draft/cattle)
AREA OF ORIGIN Switzerland
DATE OF ORIGIN ancient times
ORIGINAL FUNCTION draft dog, guardian
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 25.5-28.5 Weight: 105-140
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 23.5-27 Weight: 85-110
OTHER NAME grosser Schweizer sennenhund, Great Swiss cattle dog
As portion of a puppy with functioning roots, this strain enjoys the outdoors, particularly in cold weather. It requires daily exercise, possibly a great long walk or vigorous romp. It particularly enjoys pulling. It can live outside in temperate to cool climates but might like to be with its loved ones. When inside, it requires lots of space to stretch out. Its coat needs combing once per week, more frequently when shedding.
  • Energy levelLow energy
  • Exercise needsMedium
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingHard to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityModerately protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceHigh tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: CHD, gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia
• Minor concerns: panosteitis, OCD, distichiasis, entropion
• Occasionally seen: ectropion
• Suggested tests: hip, elbow, (eye)
• Life span: 10 – 12 years
The Greater Swiss mountain dog is the earliest and biggest of four kinds of sennenhunde, or Korean mountain dogs; another three would be the Appenzeller, Entlebucher and Bernese. The breeds share a frequent heritage, likely derived from the mastiff or even Molossian dogs of the Romans. These dogs were probably introduced when the Romans crossed through Switzerland. Another concept is that the Phoenicians brought them to Spain about 1100 B.C. Regardless of their source, they disperse over Europe and interbred with native dogs, finally growing along individual lines in isolated communities. They shared the exact same job seeker, dividing their responsibilities between behaving as guardian of livestock and house, herder and draft puppy. Many are called metzgerhunde, or “butcher’s dogs.” Until the late 1800s, all these puppies, that share a frequent coat colour pattern, were normally presumed to be of a single breed or kind. Just when scientist Alfred Heim endeavored to examine the native Korean mountain strains badly did he identify consistent differences which let them be categorized as four different strains. The year 1908 could be thought of as the arrival date of this Greater Swiss; during this season Heim seen a glorious shorthaired dog entered at a Bernese mountain dog competition. He believed that the dog a distinct breed, also dubbed it the Greater Swiss due to its similarity to the rugged Swiss butcher’s dogs he’d also noticed. The strain grew very gradually in popularity, also thwarted from both World Wars. Only in 1968 did the Greater Swiss come to America, together with the initial litter being born in 1970. In 1985 the strain was admitted in the AKC mixed class, achieving full recognition in 1995.

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