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AKC Meet the Breeds: Entlebucher Mountain Dog

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a native of Switzerland and the smallest of the four tricolored Swiss Mountain Dogs, which also include the Appenzeller Sennenhund, Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The Entlebucher is medium-sized, compact, and strongly muscled. He has a short, hard, tricolor coat that is 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. Although primarily a herding and general all-purpose dog, "Entles" excel at competitive sports and are willing and enthusiastic partners in any athletic canine activity chosen by their master.

A Look Back
Swiss farmers have historically used the Entlebucher to move cows from pasture to pasture in the Alps. Their keen intelligence, speed, and agility also made them useful for the management of other large animals such as horses and hogs. The breed originated from Entlebuch, a valley in the district of the Cantons Lucerne and Berne.

Right Breed for You?
This lively, active, persistent, self-assured, and determined breed is loyal and protective of family, but may be reserved with strangers. Entles are an active, high-energy, and physical breed, with above-average exercise requirements, so they are not a dog for the casual owner. Entlebuchers do best when they have a job. Their smooth, short coat requires minimal upkeep.

  • Herding Group; AKC recognized in 2011.
  • Ranging in size from 16 inches to 21 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Herder; drover.

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