16.5-19.5" (42-50 cm) 55-65 lb (25-29.5 kg) Male is longer than the square-shaped female. Soft, fluffy chest and blaze, with smooth, shiny outercoat. Undercoat is soft and dense. Muscular, sturdy body. Symmetrical tricolour markings are black, white, and tan, or black, white, and yellow. Can also have brown, white, and yellow markings.
Originating in the valley of Entlebuch in Switzerland, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Sennenhundes (mountain dogs). Like all of the Sennenhund breeds, he is thought to be descended from the large Molossers brought to Switzerland by the Romans in the first century B.C. This hardy Alpine breed was used primarily for herding cows, but also occasionally for hogs and horses, as well as pulling carts to market. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was recognized as a separate Swiss Mountain Dog breed in the late 1800s (a category that also includes the Appenzeller, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog), and received breed club status in 1926.
This strong-muscled, independent, confident dog is happiest when he is providing work for his family. Give him a job to do and he’ll gladly come through! The naturally bob-tailed Entlebucher Mountain Dog is highly-intelligent and has the ability to be well-focused, so positive training from an early age is important. Adventurous and determined, this dog is a great companion for outdoor activities, sports, hiking, and long city strolls. This friendly dog is devoted to his family, and despite being quite independent, thrives when given lots of attention. The Entlebucher is a perfect breed for someone who can be a positive leader and wants an active canine companion. With socialization, they are usually good with children, strangers, and other dogs.