AKC PuppyFinder: Entlebucher Mountain Dog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Enthusiastic, loyal, smart; confident but not aggressive
- Energy Level: Very Active; Spirited, tireless workers and athletes, they do best with a job to perform
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Height: 17-21 inches (male), 16-20 inches (female)
- Weight: 55-65 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
- Breed Description
Bred to herd cattle in rugged mountain terrain, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is agile and confident. He's the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs, with a muscular build and a friendly, alert expression. Like other herders, he's protective of his 'herd,' including his family, and may be unsuitable for homes with small children. Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog puppy will grow to be extremely strong and should be socialized and trained early. This high-energy dog needs a great deal of exercise, firm leadership and time with his family.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 2011
Breed History & Job Description: The breed name derives from the place of its birth, the valley of Entlebuch. Their main task was to drive cattle up to high mountain pastures in the summer, keep an eye on the herd during grazing season, then move them back down into the valley for the winter. The long, low Entle physique isn’t as exaggerated as a Corgi’s, but the idea is the same: It makes it easier to nip at a cow’s heels and to avoid being kicked.
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- PRA Optigen DNA Test
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue Email: rescue@NEMDA.org
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://nemda.org/breeders-puppies/available-dogs/