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Entlebucher Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 16" - 20"
  • Weight
  • 50-75 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Tri-color (white/tan/black)
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

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.

Health Concerns

Eye problems, orthopedic problems

Additional Information

This breed does best with an experienced, active owner.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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