Great Swiss Mountain Dog

Other names : Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, Great Swiss Cattle Dog

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Life expectancy

The Great Swiss Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of between 9 and 11 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 27 in
Male Between 26 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 66 and 77 lb
Male Between 77 and 88 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Great Swiss Mountain Dog costs between £860 and £1280

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More details about the Great Swiss Mountain Dog

Great Swiss Mountain Dog: Origins and history

There are conflicting theories as to this dogs origins. Some experts believe they descended from dogs brought across Europe by the ancient Romans, while others argue that they're directly related to the wolf/dogs of the Neolithic period. Either way, the modern Swiss Mountain Dogs were developed in and around Switzerland. Although prized for their herding abilities, these dogs are so strong that they were often used to pull carts and milk wagons. Their popularity is steadily growing among domestic dog lovers, but the Swiss Mountain Dog is still more of a working animal than a household pet.

FCI classification of the Great Swiss Mountain Dog

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Great Swiss Mountain Dog

For an active and highly intelligent breed, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog is relatively easy to train. They'll still provide some unique challenges as they can be quite difficult to housetrain, especially during the first six months. However, with a bit of patience and commitment, even a novice dog owner can learn how to handle a swiss.

Great Swiss Mountain Dog: Purchase price

A purebred Greater Swiss Mountain puppy will cost between £860 - £1,280.

They can be quite hard to find, especially in the UK, meaning you may have to pay much more. You’ll need to budget around £70 a month per food and the average insurance policy will cost another £60-100 every month.

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