Entlebucher Mountain Dog
(aka: Entelbuch Cattle Dog, Entlebucher Sennenhund)
The Entlebucher is a square, sturdy dog with typical working dog features. It has small, triangular ears and rather small, lively brown eyes. The head is well proportioned to the body, with a strong flat skull. The long jaw is well formed and powerful. The feet are compact supporting its muscular body. The smooth coat is close and harsh with symmetrical markings of black, tan and white. This tricolor coat has white on its toes, tail-tip, chest and blaze; the tan always lies between the black and the white. It has muscular broad hips. The hocks are naturally well angled. The tail is sometimes docked.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Temperament
This is a wonderful breed with all the intelligence, personality, agility and loyalty you could ask for rolled into a sturdy little package. It is 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, 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 master.
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, socialization and training is required. Entlebuchers are generally regarded as great dogs with children, although there may be exceptions.
It is important to keep in mind that this relatively small dog is indeed an excellent cattle herding dog. They are quick, tough, and very physical, known for hurling themselves at livestock. Entlebuchers need a sufficient amount of exercise, an hour a day of vigorous activity is a minimum. Due to the breed’s intelligence, stimulating activities are necessary to keep a happy, manageable dog. Entlebuchers love having a job to do, and are well suited to agility and obedience also.
This is an easy groom dog, a good brushing on a regular basis will do.
The Entlebucher is named after a town and region in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. It is the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs. While its origin is not certain, it is thought to be descended form the fighting and guarding mastiffs of the Roman legions. This breed is popular in Switzerland, but is rarely seen outside its native land. This rare breed was saved by the diligent efforts of Franz Schertenleib. Schertenleib heard of the many different Swiss mountain dogs that existed. In the 1800's, with the help of a Zurich show judge, Professor Albert Heim, Schertenleib scoured the Swiss Countryside searching for mountain dogs before they became extinct.
The additional time required to train a smart, willful dog is a major consideration for a busy parent. Due to the Entlebucher’s 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.
In general, Entlebuchers are a very healthy breed. However, they can be afflicted with some genetic diseases. One such disease in the Entlebucher is Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) which can lead to blindness. This can be avoided if you use a reputable breeder who has verifiable health checks. Hip dysplasia and cataracts are also occasionally found with these dogs.