Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Switzerland
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Male: 65–72 cm, Female: 60–68 cm
Weight: Male: 60–70 kg, Female: 50–60 kg
Color: Black, White & Red
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years
Temperament: Self-confidence, Devoted, Fearless, Alert, Protective, Good-natured
Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to bloat, epilepsy, digestive disorders, hip dysplasia and distichiasis (extra eyelashes).

Brief info: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was developed in the Alps of Switzerland, descending from the Roman Mastiffs, brought to the area more than 2000 years ago. The largest and oldest of the four Sennenhund Breeds, which include the Bernese Mountain Dog, Appenzell Cattle Dog and the Entlebuch Cattle Dog. All four of these dogs have the same colors and markings but are different sizes.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is large, sturdy and muscular. The skull is flat and broad, with a slight stop. The backskull and blunt muzzle are about the same length. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The nose and lips are black. The medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes vary from hazel to chestnut in color. The medium-sized ears are triangular in shape, slightly rounded at the tip and hang close to the head.

The topline is level. The front legs are straight. The feed are round and compact. The chest is deep and broad. The tail is thicker at the base, tapering to a point and reaching to the hocks. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The double coat has a dense outer coat of about 1 - 1 1/4 to 2 inches (3-5 cm) long. The undercoat is thick. The tricolor coat has a black base with specific rust and white markings. Symmetrical markings are preferred by breeders.