Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Switzerland
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Companion, herding dog
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:Tri-color: black with bronze markings on cheeks, above the eyes and on all four legs, a white blaze on the face and chest and white feet and tail tip.
Coat:Dense, 1? to 2 inches long with a thick undercoat.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:23.5 to 28.5 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or Swissy to its friends, is one of the four breeds known as the Swiss Sennenhunde (others being Bernese Mountain Dog, Appenzeller and Entlebucher). The versatile Swissy drove cattle, protected their people and even fought in battle. If you're interested in this breed, be sure your home has plenty of space. The Swissy stands 25.5 to 28.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs 120 to 140 pounds. It is a heavy-boned and muscular breed, which makes it a popular dog for pulling carts and wagons. The short coat is an attractive tricolor: black with bronze markings on cheeks, above the eyes and on all four legs, a white blaze on the face and chest, and white feet and tail tip. It doesn't shed much, and weekly brushing keeps it shiny. The Swissy is an obedient breed that takes well to training. These dogs love children and are excellent watchdogs. Their moderate activity level makes them easy to exercise with a couple of 20-minute walks or playtimes each day.

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