Entlebucher Mountain Dog


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, also known as Entlebucher Sennenhund or simply Entlebucher, is a breed of large sturdy dog that originated in Switzerland. It belongs to the herding breed family which is noteworthy for their excellence at performing various jobs such as guarding property, sled-pulling, and or water-rescuing. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs were originally bred to guard and herd, but later kept as lively family companions. Their smooth coat comes in a symmetrical pattern of black, tan, and some white markings.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed normally stand a height of 19 to 20 in at the withers, and weigh 55 to 66 lbs.


Entlebuchers, in general, is a sociable dog that loves to be with people. They are alert, active, and tend to be very eager to please their master. They are known to be good-natured, and highly devoted toward their family owners. Nevertheless, Entlebuchers tend to be a bit suspicious with strangers. The breed was initially used as a cattle driver, but has eventually become a livestock guardian and companion. Entlebuchers need firm yet gentle owners who can be confident and consistent at disciplining them. Proper leadership and early socialization are highly recommended to keep the breed stable-minded and well-adjusted. To prevent Entlebuchers from becoming high-strung, adequate exercise and regular training are also very important.


Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are not demanding when it comes to the grooming department. Their coat needs to be brushed on a regular basis, and they are considered to be average shedders.

Health Concerns

Entlebuchers are commonly prone to several congenital defects such as hip dysplasia, hemplytic anemia, and progressive retinal atrophy. Nevertheless, with proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 11 to 15 years.

Best Environment

Members of the Entlebucher Mouontain Dog are usually not recommended for apartment-living. Owners are encouraged to take these dogs on daily walks and jogs to keep them happy.

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