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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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Shasta, the Entlebucher at 2 years old

Shasta the Entlebucher at 2 years old—"Shasta is a wonderful dog; very obedient and definitely knows she is part of our family. She can't get enough cuddles; she loves to approach everyone on the street for a petting!"

Other Names

Entlebucher Sennenhund

Entlebucher Sennehund

Entelbuch Mountain Dog

Entlebuncher Mountain Dog

Entlebuncher Cattle Dog

Entlebuch Cattle Dog

Entlebucher

Pronunciation

ENT-lay-boo-cur

Description

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a square, sturdy dog with typical working dog features. It has small, triangular ears and rather small, lively brown eyes. The head is well proportioned to the body, with a strong, flat skull. The long jaw is well formed and powerful. The feet are compact, supporting its muscular body. The smooth coat is close and harsh with symmetrical markings of black, tan and white. This tricolor coat has white on its toes, tail-tip, chest and blaze; the tan always lies between the black and the white. It has muscular, broad hips. The hocks are naturally well angled. The tail is sometimes docked.

Temperament

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a people-dog that loves to be surrounded by his people and friends. Alert and very eager to please, it was first used as a cattle driver; today it is used as a livestock guarder and a companion. The Entlebucher needs a firm, but calm, consistent pack leader who can properly communicate with the canine animal.

Height, Weight

Height: 19 - 20 inches (48 - 51 cm)
Weight: 55 - 66 pounds (25 - 30 kg)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment life.

Exercise

This breed needs to be taken on daily walks or jogs, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Litter Size

About 7-8 puppies

Life Expectancy

About 11-15 years

Grooming

An easy-groom dog. Regular brushing will due. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin

The Entlebucher is named after a town and region in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. It is the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs. While its origin is not certain, it is thought to be descended from the fighting and guarding mastiffs of the Roman legions. This breed is popular in Switzerland, but is rarely seen outside its native land. This rare breed was saved by the diligent efforts of Franz Schertenleib. Schertenleib heard of the many different Swiss mountain dogs that existed. In the 1800s, with the help of a Zurich show judge, Professor Albert Heim, Schertenleib scoured the Swiss Countryside searching for mountain dogs before they became extinct.

Group

Mastiff

Recognition

ACA = American Canine Association Inc.

ACR = American Canine Registry

AKC = American Kennel Club

APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.

CKC = Continental Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale

NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

NKC = National Kennel Club

Shasta, the Entlebucher at 1½ years old

Shasta the Entlebucher at 1½ years old

Shasta, the Entlebucher puppy at 9 weeks old ready to get into trouble!

Shasta the Entlebucher puppy at 9 weeks old ready to get into trouble!

 

 

Phoebe the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 10 years old playing ball at the park

Gus the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 12 years old playing ball at the park

Gus the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 12 years old playing ball at the park

Gus the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 12 years old playing ball at the park

Gus the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 12 years old playing ball at the park

Gus the Entlebucher Mountain Dog at 12 years old playing ball at the park

 

 

Entlebucher (Entlebucher Sennehund) (Entelbuch Mountain Dog) (Entlebuch Cattle Dog)

This is Xanti the Entlebucher Mountain Dog of Ambers Pride, from Belgium.

Entlebucher (Entlebucher Sennehund) (Entelbuch Mountain Dog) (Entlebuch Cattle Dog)

Adult Entlebucher Mountain Dog—Photo courtesy of Der Lacheln Hunde "The Smiling Dogs"

Entlebuchers (Entlebucher Sennehunds) (Entelbuch Mountain Dogs) (Entlebuch Cattle Dogs)

Adult Entlebucher Mountain Dogs—Photo courtesy of Der Lacheln Hunde "The Smiling Dogs"

Entlebuchers (Entlebucher Sennehunds) (Entelbuch Mountain Dogs) (Entlebuch Cattle Dogs)

Entlebucher Mountain Dog with her litter of puppies—Photo courtesy of Der Lacheln Hunde "The Smiling Dogs"

Entlebucher Puppy Dogs

Entlebucher Mountain Dog puppy—Photo courtesy of Der Lacheln Hunde "The Smiling Dogs"

Entlebucher Puppy Dogs

Lucy the Entlebucher Mountain Dog from Moratel Kennels as a puppy at 3 months old, photo courtesy of Allyson McOuat and Chris Smith