Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Description
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a sturdy working dog that is square in the features. The head is in good proportion to the body and has a flat skull. The jaw is long and powerful. They have small ears that are triangular and hang downwards to the cheek.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog eyes are set wide and are round and dark in color. The body is well muscled. The tail is sometimes docked, in countries that permit docking. The weight is 45-66 pounds and the height is 19-20 inches. The legs are solid and they have compact feet.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog coat is harsh and lies close to the body and is always symmetrical with markings of black, tan and white. The tricolor coat has white on the tail tip, chest, and toes. The tan always lies between the black and the white. The life expectancy is 11-15 years.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog History
The Entlebucher Mountain dog comes from a town and area in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. The true history of this breed has been lost but it is thought to be descended from the Mastiff. They are popular in Switzerland but not often seen out of their native home.
This is a rare breed and thanks to the work of Franz Schertenleib and his herd of the Swiss mountain dogs and many different breeders went with Professor Albert Heim, a judge from the Zurich show, and worked hard to stop these mountain dogs going extinct.
They found 16 dogs in 1927 and the breed was slowly restored. They are soon to be recognized by the AKC and are in the working group. They are still rare today.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Temperament
The Entlebucher Mountain dog needs to be socialized well from as young as possible. They are good-natured and today this dog is usually a companion dog. They are devoted to their owners. This is a breed that will want to work and it is up to the owner to decide how best to use the energy they have.
They will need daily walks and they are bright so mental energy needs to be channeled. They are alert and very keen to please so training should be easier than a lot of other dogs. Train from an early age in a firm but calm manner. They require a good pack leader and will do well with an owner that puts in house rules and has time to walk and train this dog daily.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is good with children but the child has to learn young pack leader skills to get the best from this breed. Normally they are good with other dogs and household pets and it is better that they are raised together.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Health Issues
Due to the small stock of dogs, this breed has inbreeding problems and these are congenital defects such as hip dysplasia, hemolytic anemia, and PRA.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Grooming
The Entlebucher Mountain dog needs a weekly grooming session that just removes dead hair from the coat, which is all that is required.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Living Conditions
The Entlebucher Mountain dog is not suitable for apartment living. They will need a medium size garden.