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The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has the independent spirit of other herding breeds, but still enjoys spending time with its people – especially if you give this dog a job to do. They can be territorial and will bark to warn of visitors. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are very affectionate with their family members and are fairly easy to care for. But make no mistake: these dogs need plenty of exercise. Novice pet parents may find this dog to be a bit more than they expected. But if you can keep up with your puppy’s energy, you’ll have a loving friend for life.
The Entlebucher, or Entle for short, is a Swiss herding breed related to the Appenzeller, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog; of the four, it is the smallest. He is independent and self-confident, but is very attached to his person and is happiest spending the day by his family’s side. He has energy to burn, and needs an owner who can give him an hour of vigorous exercise a day, if not herding herds, competing in dog sports such as tracking, Frisbee or agility. Like other smart working dogs, he loves to have chores to do, so start training this smarty-pants from the beginning, teaching him to pick up laundry, fetch the newspaper, fetch his slippers or perform other useful tasks. He is aloof with people he doesn’t know and, like any dog, needs early socialization to learn how to behave with strangers and other dogs. He loves children, but since he also enjoys rough play, he must learn to be gentle with small children. He may try to “herd” your children by nipping at their heels.
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