Entlebucher Mountain Dog
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was originally bred in Sweden to drive and guard cattle. It is also known as the Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entelbuch Mountain Dog, and the Entlebucher Cattle Dog. It is the smallest of the Swiss mountain and cattle breeds and has been known since 1889 and referred to as a separate breed since 1926.
The breed stands 19 to 20 inches high and weighs 45 to 55 pounds. It has a square build with a proportionate head to body ratio. It has a long, strong jaw and small ears and eyes. Its legs are muscular and its feet are compact. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a smooth, tri-color coat with white on its blaze, chest, tail and toes.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is very intelligent and self-confidence. It shows independence when working, but tends to become very attached and devoted to its owner. It can develop extreme separation anxiety, as it longs to constantly be where the action and the people are. It should not be left alone often or for long periods, and is very high maintenance in this respect. The breed is an excellent watch dog due to its suspicion of strangers. The breed needs to be trained and socialized by the head of the household, as the Entlebucher’s intelligence provides it with a sense of social hierarchy.
The breed is mostly healthy, yet it can suffer from hip dysplasia and hemolytic anemia.