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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Traditional mountain herding dog from Switzerland

Other Names – Entlebucher Cattle Dog, Entlebucher, Entlebucher Sennenhund

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dog. They carry the same tricolour coat pattern, but their coat is close fitting and dense. Their tail may be long or naturally bobbed. They were traditionally used as a herding dog bringing the cows down from the mountain pastures. They take their name from the Entlebuch Valley in Switzerland and was first recognised as a separate breed in 1923 with the first Standard published in 1927.

This is a wonderful breed with all the intelligence, personality, agility and loyalty you could ask for packed into a sturdy little package. It’s important to make sure that this little herder is compatible with your personality and lifestyle, as this is a dog that will be happiest if it is by your side every waking hour. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, while being independent and self confident, is nonetheless very attached to its people and must be made a part of the family. One of the greatest qualities of this breed is its unwavering devotion to its owner. This is not a breed that will do well if left in the back yard, unless, of course, that is where the family is as well. The breed is territorial and slightly suspicious of strangers, making it a competent watch dog. They have an impressive bark and naturally announce the arrival of newcomers. While they are naturally confident and social dogs, socialisation and training is required. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are generally regarded as great dogs with children, although there may be exceptions. The additional time required to train a smart, wilful dog is a major consideration for a busy parent. Due to the Entlebuchers keen sense of social hierarchy, the head of the household will need to be actively involved in the training. This is an active, physical breed and loves to play and rough house. Once trained to be gentle with children, however, an Entlebucher is an excellent play mate and may even round up your kids like a small herd of cattle. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs love doing things with their owners so make excellent companions for runners, hikers, bikers, and other very active people.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKWorking
Bred ForHerding, Watchdog
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginSwitzerland
TemperamentEasygoing, Independent, Loyal
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededSmall
Height at Withers – Females42 – 48 cm / 16½ – 19 in
Height at Withers – Males44 – 50 cm / 17½ – 19¾ in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatShort, Tricolour
Life Expectancy10 – 13 years
  • They are a hard working dog which requires plenty of tasks to satiate its urge to work. It can be trained to collect dirty laundry, pick up slippers and newspapers and perform other similar tasks.
  • The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a double coat. The undercoat is short and very dense. The topcoat is short and shiny.
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dogs love their humans, but they can be a little aloof with those they don’t know. This is what makes them such good guard dogs, as they will bark when they see someone they aren’t sure of.
  • This breed can be a handful, because of their energetic and enthusiastic nature. They may pull on the lead, push young children around, or knock over household items. Early obedience training can help, but it is most important to keep the occupied.
  • The Entlebuchers had almost disappeared by the early 1900’s, because of crossings with German Shepherd Dogs and other imported breeds. A professor, named Albert Heim, played a huge role in saving the breed.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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