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- 16" - 20"
- 50-75 lbs.
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Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Entlebucher cattle dog, Entlebucher sennenhund
The Entlebucher is named for the town it was developed in, Entlebuch, a town and region in the Swiss canton of Lucerne.
Date Of Origin
All of the Sennenhund breeds are believed to be descended from large molossers brought to Switzerland by the Romans in the first century B.C. However, the Entlebucher was only described as a separate breed 1889, although for many years little distinction was made between the Appenzeller Sennenhund and the Entlebucher Sennenhund.
The Entlebucher is the smallest of the four Swiss dogs developed form a cross of Roman mastiffs and local Swiss working dogs. Entlebuch was one of the breeds that was rescued through the diligent efforts of Franz Schertenleib. From the stories his father told him, the Swiss dog breeder knew that different forms of mountain dog existed throughout the mountainous valleys of Switzerland. In the late 1800's, with the help of a Zurich show judge, Professor Albert Heim, Schertenleib scoured the Swiss countryside searching for mountain dogs before they became extinct.
Tis is a medium sized, rectangular shaped dog with a flat skull; long, straight muzzle; and small, dark brown eyes.The medium sized drop ears are triangular and the nose is black. There is a deep chest and a natural bob tail. The smooth, short coat is tri-color, with a black base and rust and white markings.
This dog is easy going, friendly, intelligent and highly trainable.
The Entlebucher is highly regarded as a strict guardian of the herd, especially in mountainous regions. It is an energetic defender of stable, hut, and house. It is one of a group of herd dogs known as "milkmen", since even today they are used to transport cans of milk and mountain cheese from stables to shops. In the house the dog is very gentle, cheerful, amusing and friendly, inclined above all to playing with children, and if necessary, defending them.
Eye problems, orthopedic problems
This breed does best with an experienced, active owner.
Show Sources & Contributors +
The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle
Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going