Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Country of origin: Switzerland
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Versatile draft
and farm dog
Size: 23.5 to 28.5 in tall; 90
to 150 lbs
Longevity: 9 to 11 years
Exercise: Moderate
Training: Challenge to
Grooming: Easy; sheds
Colors: Tricolour

The largest of the tricolour mountain dogs of Switzerland, this was once a powerful draught dog, pulling milk carts from farm to market, or helping to drive cattle. All the tricolour dogs were traced and recorded at the turn of the 20th century by two men, Franz Schertenlieb and Albert Heim. They searched the Swiss valleys, recording the variety of draught and cattle dogs, or Sennenhunden, that they found there. While well muscled and heavy boned, this is an agile, all-round performer.



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