Entlebucher Sennenhund is a medium sized dog with steady personality. The breed originated in Switzerland and is considered as the smallest of four Swiss mountain dogs, namely, the Appenzeller, Bernese, Greater Swiss and Entlebucher. The name Entlebucher is inspired from Entlebuch valley in Lucerne, Switzerland.
These dogs are believed to have descended from large molossos-type dogs of the Roman legions. They are popular in their native country but rare in other parts of the world. These versatile companion dogs are good at tasks like herding, guarding, tracking, pulling carts and agility. Few other names for Entlebucher Sennenhund are Entelbuch Mountain Dog, Entelbucher Cattle Dog or simply Entlebucher.
These dogs are heavy boned, athletic, muscular and compact in build. They are characterized by great strength and stamina. The neck is thick, strong and fairly short. Ears are small in size and triangular in shape. They are rounded at the tips. The small, lively eyes are brown in color. Muzzle is strong and well formed. Some dogs are naturally born with bobtails.
Color: The hair coat of these dogs is typically tricolored with white markings and tan color on basic black color. Tan is present between the black and white colors.
Height: These dogs generally grow to about 16 to 20 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight for Entlebucher Sennenhund dog breed ranges between 55 to 66 pounds.
Common health problems in these dogs are Hip Dysplasia, Hemolytic anemia etc. They are also susceptible to eye problems such as Cataract and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of these dogs is 11 to 15 years.
Litter Size: 3 to 6 puppies
The short, smooth and thick double hair coat of these dogs requires minimal grooming. It should be brushed with a firm bristle brush at least once in a week’s time to maintain it in perfect shiny condition. They are average shedders.
As these dogs are exceptionally clean, they should be bathed only when necessary. Other Entlebucher Sennenhund grooming requirements include checking and cleaning the eyes and ears, trimming the toenails, brushing the teeth and so on.
Entlebucher Sennenhund temperament is energetic, courageous, sociable, easygoing, devoted, obedient, intelligent and protective. These dogs are gentle and friendly with children. These lively and cheerful dogs love being around people but can be slightly suspicious towards strangers.
These alert and attentive dogs make excellent watchdogs. Entlebucher Sennenhund puppies tend to be more exuberant than adult dogs. They get along well with other pets in the house, especially when properly socialized. These smart, self confident, good natured dogs tend to learn quickly and are hence easy to train. They are always willing to please their owners.
The active and hard working Entlebucher Sennenhunds require at an hour of vigorous physical exercise on a daily basis. Mental stimulation is also necessary. They need to be taken for long daily walks or jogs and do best when they have a job to do. Lack of adequate exercise can give rise to destructive behavior.
They are not recommended for sedentary apartment situation. They do best in rural or suburban environment. In addition, Entlebucher Sennenhund dogs are not considered suitable for hot and humid climates.