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Entlebucher: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise

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About Entlebucher

Country of Origin, History of Entlebuchers

Switzerland is the country of origin of the Entlebucher dog. The dog owes its name to a town and region in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. It is believed that the Entlebucher had descended from the fighting and guarding mastiffs of the Roman legions. This is the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs and is popular in Switzerland though it is rarely seen at other places.

The Entlebucher is a rare breed and it had been saved from extinction by the efforts of Franz Schertenleib in 1800s. Schertenleib, with the help of Zurich show judge Professor Albert Heim, scoured the Swiss countryside searching for the mountain dogs.

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Description of the Dog

The Entlebucher has the typical working dog features. It is a square and sturdy dog with head well proportioned to the body. Its eyes are small and brown and lively. The ears are small and triangular. There is a strong and flat skull. The jaw is long, well formed and strong.


The dog’s coat is smooth, close and harsh. It is tricolor. There are symmetrical markings of black, tan and white- the white lies on the toes, tip of tail, chest and blaze while the tan lies between the black and the white.

The Entlebucher has muscled broad hips. The feet are compact and they support the muscular body of the dog. Hocks are well angled. The tail is traditionally docked. When it is not docked it remains loose and curves behind the body.

Height: The dogs attain heights of 19-20 inches.

Weight: Entlebucher dogs weigh 45-66 pounds.

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Entlebucher Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Entlebucher Activity Level

Exercise requirement

Taking the dog for daily long walks or jogs is of utmost importance. The dog needs a minimum of an hour of rigorous activity everyday. This is an intelligent breed. Hence, the dog needs to be kept occupied with stimulating activities for it to remain happy and manageable.

Living Conditions

Entlebucher dogs are not quite suitable as pets that will remain confined to apartments. They may be provided some shelter in a yard. At the same time it must be ensured that the owner- the head/dominant person of the family gives adequate attention to it.


The Entlebucher is an everage shedder. It is easy to keep it clean and well groomed. Regular brushing of the dog suffices.

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Health and Care

Congenital defects owing to inbreeding (for preserving breed characteristics) often arise in case of Entlebucher dogs. Hip dysplasia is the most common of such defects. Besides, hemolytic anemia is also known to take place.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: About 11-15 years.

Group: Herding Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 157

Also Known As: Entelbuch Mountain Dog, Entlebuch Cattle Dog, Entelbucher Cattle Dog, Entlebucher Sennenhund and Entlebucher ennehund.

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