The Entlebucher mountain dog, also called the Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher cattle dog, is the smallest of the Swiss cattle dogs. In addition to working cattle, these dogs were also all-around farm dogs. Entlebuchers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011 and are a member of the herding group.
Entlebucher mountain dog characteristics
The Entlebucher mountain dog size is 17 to 21 inches tall and 50 to 65 pounds for male dogs. Females are a bit smaller, growing between 16 and 20 inches tall and weighing 40 to 55 pounds.
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The dogs are tricolor with a black coat with symmetrical white and fawn markings. Dogs will have white on their feet and on the end of the tail, although some people opt to dock the tail. They have brown eyes and a compact, muscular build.
Entlebucher mountain dog temperament and training
Breed is not a reliable indicator of personality; however, the Entlebucher dog is typically a loyal and energetic herding dog. They can be affectionate with family and enjoy being around other dogs. They may do well around children with some training but be sure to supervise the interactions in case the dogs try to herd the children. They tend to be vigilant and may make good watchdogs.
The dogs are confident and happiest when they have a job to do. Their love of work earned them the nickname "der Lachen Hunden," or laughing dog. These dogs are very smart and will learn quickly when the training is enjoyable. Be sure to always use positive reinforcement with this breed.
Socialization is very important for Entlebucher puppies. This breed can be very challenging for inexperienced dog owners, so don't hesitate to contact a professional dog trainer if you need help training your pup.
Entlebucher mountain dog grooming
Entlebucher mountain dogs have a short, smooth, double coat and shed moderately. A monthly bath is usually sufficient, and you can wipe them down with a wet cloth as needed. They need only infrequent brushing, although you will want to brush them daily during shedding season. A stripping comb or a brush with thick bristles will work well for this purpose.
Check their ears weekly and clean out wax and debris. In addition, check and trim their nails about once per month.
Entlebucher mountain dog exercise
Entles are high-energy dogs and need plenty of daily activity. This will not only keep them in good shape but will also make them more enjoyable to have in the home. Consider taking your pup on a long hike or run or teach him to run with you as you ride your bike.
You can also participate in canine sports with your dog, such as agility, obedience, tracking, or herding. These sports will not only help your pup burn off excess energy but will also offer much-needed mental stimulation.
Entlebucher mountain dog health concerns
Make sure you obtain Entlebucher mountain dog puppies from reputable breeders to avoid the breed's hereditary conditions. One condition common to the breed is Entlebucher urinary syndrome. This occurs when the ureter is not correctly positioned in the body.
Some other conditions to which this breed is prone include hip dysplasia and luxating patellas. Dogs should have a physical evaluation of the hips and patella. They may also suffer from eye conditions, which is why an ophthalmologist exam and a progressive renal atrophy OptiGen DNA test are recommended.