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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Characteristics: The steadfast and alert Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Herding Dog Group (AKC:2011).

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, is characterized by its agile, athletic appearance with distinctive tricolour black, tan and white markings and loving, devoted expression.

Other characteristics include dark brown to hazel, medium sized, round eyes; high set, triangular shaped, pendulous ears; a straight hanging tail with a jaunty bobtail and a fluid, easy gait. The temperament of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog can be described as Agile, Active, Devoted.

The coat type of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is described as medium, thick, dense coat in black with white markings on the coat.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Farm Dog and is known by its nick name the "Entle". The origin of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed was in Switzerland where it was developed in the 1800's, although its ancestors date back to antiquity.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed Group and Dog Type - Herding Dog Group (AKC:2011): The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dog Group (AKC:2011).

Other names for the Entlebucher Mountain Dog: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is known by the nickname of the "Entle". Other names for this breed of dog include the Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entelbuch Mountain Dogs and Entlebuch Cattle Dogs.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Entlebucher" derives from Entlebuch, a municipality in the canton (region) of Lucerne in Switzerland.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog History and Origin: The country of origin of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs was in Switzerland and its forbears date back to the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago. The ancestors of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs were believed to be molosser-type dogs that were used as watchdogs and herding dogs for the Romans to protect and control livestock.

The Romans conquered Switzerland in the 2nd century BC and Roman dogs were interbred with local cattle dogs and sheepdogs in Switzerland. These ancient dogs were called 'Sennenhund' in reference to people called Senn or Senner, the names given to the Swiss alpine herdsmen.

There were four, common Sennenhund breeds in Switzerland: The Berner Sennenhund (Bernese Mountain Dog), the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog), the Appenzeller Sennenhund (Appenzeller) and, of course, the Entlebucher Sennenhund (Entlebucher Mountain Dog).

The 'Entlebucher Sennenhund' were the Mountain Dogs that were found across Entlebuch in the canton (region) of Lucerne in Switzerland. The Entlebucher was the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs and used on farms and as a herder of livestock in the pastoralist societies of the Swiss Alps.

The herds of livestock moved by the herdsmen and the Entlebucher included large flocks of sheep, as well as cattle, goats and pigs. The animals were moved around according to the season. Livestock was moved from the higher pastures in summer to the lower valleys in winter (this seasonal movement is known as the Transhumance). The products of transhumance herds and flocks that were herded by the Entlebucher were cheese, milk, butter, cream and yogurt.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog History: During the 1800's the industrialization of Switzerland led to a serious decline in numbers of the Entlebucher Dogs and by the turn of the century the breed was on the verge of extinction. The plight of the Entlebucher came to the attention of an influential Swiss professor called Albert Heim (1849 1937) who began work to preserve and promote the breed. WW1 (1914 - 1918) broke out and the breeding program was delayed and the first Entlebucher breed club was not established until 1926. The Entlebucher breed was revitalized and found its way to Europe and the United States although, even today, the Entlebucher breed is still quite rare.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Modern History: The modern history of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs moved on and the breed is now used as a high spirited family pet and protective, confident companion. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2011.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Height: The Entlebucher breed is classified as one of the medium sized dogs. The height to the shoulder of a male Entlebucher is 17-20 inches (44-52 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female Entlebucher is 17-20 inches (42-50 cm).

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Weight: The weight of the Entlebucher male in this medium sized canine is 45-65 lbs (20-30 kg). The weight of the smaller female is 45-65 lbs (20-30 kg).

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Coat Type: The coat type of the Entlebucher is described as medium, thick, dense coat.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Coat Colors: The coat colors of this breed include black with white markings on the coat.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-8 puppies. Entlebucher puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Entlebucher puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the breeder.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular Entlebucher breed is described as Steadfast, Agile, Active, Devoted and Alert.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a strident, fluid, easy gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Diet: A fully grown Entlebucher should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed include Eye disease - PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or health insurance when buying a puppy. Is the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Entlebucher Mountain breed is 10 to 13 years.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Male Names: Male names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Entlebucher Mountain breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Entlebucher Mountain names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male names are: Felix *** Rex *** Rufus *** Cody *** Blue *** Shadow *** Gaius *** Rogue *** Sabre *** Ziggy.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Female Names: Female names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dogs. Our top choice of good female Entlebucher Mountain names are Bertha *** Lulu *** Mara *** Persis *** Sadie *** Maddie *** Rosie *** Dixie *** Sugar *** Empress *** Bobbi.

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