A medium sized Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Quick Summary
Also Known AsEntlebucher Cattledog
Height (at withers)15-20in (38-51cm)
Weight45-65lbs (20-30kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, tan, white
Lifespan11-13 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size3-6
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMediun

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a sturdy, medium sized dog. The body is stocky and well-muscled with a broad and deep chest, well-sprung ribs, stocky legs and a docked tail or a natural bobtail. The wedge-shaped head has a strong muzzle, a black nose, small high-set ears, and small brown eyes. The coat is close and harsh, and the colouring tends to be black with some tan and white markings.


Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are lively and agile dogs with loads of energy. They are confident and independent to a degree, but form close bonds with their owners and so make loyal companions and devoted and affectionate family pets. Ideally they suit active families, as a daily walk may not meet their exercise needs alone. These dogs are intelligent, but as they can be strong willed, socially dominant and independent too, they are best suited to those with some exprieince of dog ownership and training as training can often prove difficult. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are suited only to older, more considerate children as they can play a little rough, and they will need proper socialisation here because they may try to herd smaller kids by nipping at their heels. They will also need poper socialisation around other household dogs and pets too, and tend to be wary around strangers, and they make great watchdogs thanks to their territorial natures.

History & Skills

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs originate from Switzerland, where they were bred for herding cattle and dairy cows. Named after the valley of Entlebuch, they are ultimately descended from Molossus type dogs brought along by the Romans as they passed through Helvetia over 2000 years ago. The smallest of the Swiss Mountain dogs, the Entlebucher also made good companion dogs and watchdogs thanks to their inherent loyalty. These days they are popular as show dogs and family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs tend to live between 11-13 years. Some of the health problems noted in this breed include hip dysplasia and PRA.


Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are medium shedders and so may not be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are about average too, and their dense double coats will need brushing around twice a week, and bathing around once every fortnight to clean out the dense fur of the undercoat.

Exercise & Environment

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs tend to live indoors but are not suitable for small homes such as apartments. As they originate from Switzerland they are best suited to cool climates, and should be kept cool if this is not possible (indoors with air conditioning). As these dogs were bred to work, they need a lot of exercise. A long daily walk is a minimum, and the chance to run or play freely will help burn off some of their excess energy.


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