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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Breed Profile

by Amanda

AKC Group: Working Group


The Greater Swiss Mountain dog, the "Swissy," is known as a social dog that likes being a family member. Originally from Switzerland it has a dense coat that could make it overheated in warm weather.

History

The Greater Swiss Mountain dog was formulated in the isolated and remote regions of Switzerland, the Dog was initially used for livestock management, draft work and farm sentinel. The dog was thought to have perished by the late 1800s, as their work was taken over by other dogs and machines; however they were rediscovered in 20th century.

Physical Features

Height on the maximum point on the shoulder is 25.5 to 28.5 inches, and 23.5 to 27 inches for bitches. Body size to height is around ten to nine proportion, hence looking a bit lengthier than tall. It's a large boned and well muscled canine of strong look.

The color of the topcoat is black. The spots are rich rust and white. The evenness of markings is preferred. And on the head, rust usually shows up over each eye and on each cheek as well as on the bottom of the ears. On the body, rust is on both edges of the fore chest, on all 4 legs and beneath the tail. White markings show up generally on the head (blaze) and snout.

Personality

They are very good with children. Dedicated, fairly sweet and easy-going, typically excellent with other pets and it is not a hostile dog. The Swissy takes to newcomers quickly. A brilliant, brave, keen watchdog who'll bark whenever they hear something unusual. They'll not be happy confined to kennel life, savoring their family.

Common Health Problems

Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are susceptible to bloat, distichiasis, digestive disorders, and hip dysplasia.

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