Breed group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Hybrid
Talent: Carting, Guarding, Herding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 100 - 140 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Brown & White, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10 - 12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Swissneese is a cross between two working dog breeds, one originating from the Swiss Alps and the other from the Pyrenees Mountains. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, despite uncertainties in its origin, was valued as a drafting and droving dog for several centuries, and is one of the four Sennenhund, "Sennen" referring to the Swiss dairy and cattle farmers in the region. The Great Pyrenees is believed to be a very old breed, and originally used by shepherds in tending and guarding their flock. While it w as a working breed, used by peasants in the region of Mount Pyrenees between France and Spain, it also became a favorite of French nobility.
The Swissneese can follow either parent's coat, or a blend of the two. The Great Pyrenees is mostly white, sometimes with markings of gray or tan that could fade as the coat grows longer. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is usually tri-colored, in black, white, and rust, where the rust is distinctively seen on the cheeks, eyebrows, and legs.
The Swissneese is a double-coated dog, a necessity for often harsh weather conditions on the mountains where they stand guard over their flock and families. A shaggier, longer outer coat covers a dense, woolly undercoat. A ruff or mane could be present around the neck, part of the dog's defense against wolves.
The Swissneese is a confident, reserved dog that takes its duties seriously. It is very protective of its charges, and territorial as well. Bred to make decisions and act independently, the Swissneese will calmly stand its ground with strangers, and will sound the alarm if necessary. It is very loving and loyal towards its family, and will generally be comfortable with other dogs and animals in the house.
The double coat will shed regularly, and heavily at least once a year. Regular brushing with stiff bristles will help maintain it. Bathe and shampoo only as necessary.
As with any large dog, the Swissneese -- and its owner --- will benefit from obedience training and socialization from puppyhood. Exposure to different places and situations will help round out its sociable personality, and housebreaking while still young will preempt future problems with a bigger dog.
The Swissneese, despite its size, is an agile and powerful dog. However, it prefers to preserve its energy for times when it is actually needed. It is good with working at night, and very alert to sounds or events that may mean harm to their charges. It prefers a wide space to roam around in and exercise. Urban living is possible, but only with frequent and extended periods of walks.