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The Purebred Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Information and Pictures

Shasta the black, tan and white Entlebucher dog is laying outside in a field. His mouth is open and his tongue is out

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



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.


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


Living Conditions

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment life.


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.

Life Expectancy

About 11-15 years

Litter Size

About 7-8 puppies


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


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.



  • 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
Close Up - Shasta the black, tan and white Entlebucher dog is sitting outside with a lawn chair behind her. Her mouth is open and her tongue is out

Shasta the Entlebucher at 1½ years old

Shasta the black, tan and white Entlebucher puppy is sitting in front of a door next to a pair of brown boots.

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

Gus the graying black, tan and white Entlebucher Mountain Dog is standing outside in a field. He is holding onto his blue ball and looking forward.

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

Xanti the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is sitting on a brick wall. There is a very nice rest area behind him wiht a Gazebo, table, flowers and trees

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

An Entlebucher puppy is sitting in a field of grass looking forward.

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

Entlebucher puppy is sitting in a field covered in leaves and looking up

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

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