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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

General Description

The Entlebucher is a compact, strongly muscled, elongated drover with ample bone. He has a short, hard and shiny coat, bright black with symmetrical markings of pure white on blaze, muzzle, chest, and feet; shades of rich fawn to mahogany are present on the eyebrows and between the black and white markings

General Health

A full list of health problems which have been identified in the Entlebucher Mountain Dog would have to include: Hip Dysplasia. Elbow Dysplasia. Cataracts.

Hereditary Illnesses

No breed-specific, genetic diseases are recognised in the breed, although due to its relative rarity, such is difficult to accurately assign. Documented health problems include various optical disorders, such as retinal atrophy and cataracts.


Character and Temperament

Self-confident, devoted, loyal, intelligent, independent and agile


No special requirements


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a quick and tough dog with a high energy level. It will take at least an hour of exercise daily to keep him in good physical condition. Since a “tired dog is a good dog,” keeping the breed's energy channelled through exercise will make training and simply living with him much easier.


The Entlebucher has a short, thick, double coat. The coat is easy to care for, but it sheds. Brush the dog weekly with a rubber curry brush to remove dead hair. The Entle sheds a little more heavily in spring, so you may need to brush a little more often for a few weeks until he has lost all of his winter coat.


The Entlebucher is one of four farm dogs native to Switzerland. He takes his name from the Entlebuch valley where he originated. The smallest of the four Swiss mountain dogs, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a work ethic that won't quit and is known for his extreme devotion to his people.


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