Entlebuch Cattle Dog
Other names: Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Entelbucher Cattle Dog, Entlebucher
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a herding dog closely related to the Appenzeller Sennenhund. Both of these types of dog have been and are still used by the Senn people of Switzerland who breed them for their agility, resilience and loyalty. The breed has a great many supporters around the world but the majority of Entlebuchers are still only seen in Switzerland.
Key facts about the Entlebuch Cattle Dog
Life expectancy :
Temperament :Playful Calm Intelligent
Origins and history
This dog is thought to be descended from a general Sennenhund breed brought to Switzerland by Roman armies in the first years of the first millennium. The dog as it is known today was first recorded in 1889 and it was often mistaken for the Appenzeller Sennenhund because of the similar appearance of the two dogs. The breed was almost extinguished during the First World War but is now gaining popularity around the world.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
Section 3 : Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
Physical characteristics of the Entlebuch Cattle Dog
Female : Between 17 and 19 in
Male : Between 17 and 20 in
Female : Between 31 and 49 lb
Male : Between 31 and 49 lb
Basic colours most often seen of this dog are black, tan and white in a tricolour pattern.
Type of coat
Topcoat short, harsh and shiny; undercoat dense and wavy.
Dark brown to hazel.
A square-shaped yet well-proportioned dog is the Entlebucher. Its ears are small and triangular set high on the dog’s powerful and robust skull. The muzzle is strong and powerful. The dog is covered in abundant tricolour fur.
Good to know
Although suspicious around strangers the Entlebucher is said to be exceptionally loyal and gentle with its family. Gentle persuasion and patience will ensure that its meetings with new people are not troublesome.
The Entlebucher is a self-assured, devoted and affectionate dog.
This dog is happy and playful and retains a puppy-like joie de vivre well into its juvenile years. It enjoys playtime and will seek attention.
A calm and self-assured dog; the Entlebucher does not get overly excited or agitated.
The Entlebucher is an extremely intelligent and has an incredibly strong desire to work. It is best occupied by new tasks and lessons centred on obedience.
Entlebuchers are immensely territorial but are not generally bred to hunt and kill.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Entlebucher can be shy around strangers and may take a while to become friends with new people.
This is a wilful dog that will test the boundaries of the household’s hierarchy whenever it can.
Behaviour of the Entlebuch Cattle Dog
The Entlebucher tolerates a degree of solitude.
Easy to train / obedience
This is a dog that is very quick to learn. It is also wilful and stubborn and may play to its owner’s weaknesses.
The Entlebucher readily barks. It enjoys the sound of its own voice.
Tendency to run away
A well-trained Entlebucher will respond to your recall command without hesitation.