Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Carting, Competitive obedience, Guarding, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 100-140 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 10 ÃÂ 11 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is probably the oldest Swiss dog and has made a contribution in the development of the St-Bernard and the Rottweiler breeds. There are a few theories about the origins of the Swiss Sennenhund breeds, the most popular one states that they are descendant from the Mollasian, a dog that invaded to the Alps with the Roman Legions 100 years B.C.
The coat is black on top, with white and rust colored markings on the body.
The outer coat is dense and not more than 2 inches in length. The thick undercoat is always present and shows at the neck as well as other places.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is vigilant. It is also protective, loyal and courageous but not aggressive. Territorial, this breed can be suspicious of newcomers. However, if introduced to them, they will quickly accept the family's friends. Very alert, it will bark at weird noises or intruders. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is usually good with other pets, but it has to be taught not to chase them. They are nice to children and need to feel like a family member; they always want to be near them and are eager to please. It takes a long time, 2 or 3 years, before they come to maturity physically and mentally.
The Greater Swiss Mountain dog is an average shedder. It needs to be brushed regularly.
The training is very important for this dog. It's usually a challenge to train them, but with a lot of time, they can make really good companions. They are very protective of their family but it is important for them to know that the owner is the boss.
They only need moderate amount of exercise. They can even live in an apartment or with a small yard if properly worked out. They prefer cool temperatures, but they can always adapt themselves.