Get to know the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
All you need to know about the breed
Endowed with a fantastic disposition and a steadfast outlook, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a solidly built canine, both mentally and physically. Maybe it was the mutual affection that kept this dog in great stead with owners over the centuries and brought into existence the breed they are today.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is one of four Swiss breeds - along with the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Appenzeller - who are all doused in a dense double coat with the signature triumvirate of light brown, white, and black colourings. They are each, often, mistaken for each other but definitely distinct breeds.
A draft dog - one who is traditionally used for pulling carts or sleds - the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog’s huge strength proved an asset for the work endemic to the dairy country of the Swiss Alps. This sturdy and carefree dog was bred to herd and drive cattle along steep paths.
Their participatory manner has made the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog a welcome asset these days to the family unit. The breed is enormously affable, fantastic with kids and not really confrontational with other dogs, pets, or those they don’t know. Active and experienced families only please: Even if you’re a family of one, the size of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires someone who can handle his girth. A household with older children is optimal too as they could accidentally tip over a little one. Even if that does happen, chances are, they’d help the child up and nudge them on their merry way.
2 facts about Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog