Greater Swiss Mountain

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

INTRODUCTION

The older Swiss Mountain Dog breed was developed to be a multi-purpose working dog, herding cattle, pulling carts and standing guard. Today, the Swissie enjoys life as a family pet, but because of its working heritage, it likes to be busy, and breed enthusiasts affectionately call these dogs “Swissies”. Although they are purebred dogs, you can still find them in breed-specific shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt. This powerful breed excels in all types of dog sports, from agility to weight pulling. Although they are very affectionate and playful, they are also large dogs, and are not suitable for novice owners. For an active, experienced, dog-loving family with a large household, this puppy can fit right in.AniMall24 recommends a large, roomy crate to give your large Swiss Mountain Dog a place to rest and relax. You should also buy a dog water bottle for any outdoor adventures you have with your pup.

HIGHLIGHTS

Because of its large size, the Swissy is not suitable for living in a flat or condominium. The Swissy was bred to work and likes to have a job to do. Obedience training can give them the mental stimulation they need and is essential for handling a dog of this size.although generally good with children, the Swissy is a large dog that may accidentally knock over a small child.the Swissy is prone to overheating. If it is hot, keep it indoors in air conditioning or in front of a fan, and wait until it cools down to exercise it.Some Swissy mountain dogs will chase small animals. To keep the neighbour’s cat safe, as well as your dog, make sure the yard is securely fenced and keep it on a leash when you go for walks.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop.

HISTORY

The Great Swiss Mountain Dog is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in Switzerland. There are several theories about its origin. The most popular is that it is descended from large mastiff-type dogs that were brought to the Alps by the invading Roman legions. It is believed that at one time the Swiss was one of the most popular breeds in Switzerland. In 1908, a canine researcher named Albert Heim saw two dogs at a Swiss Kennel Club jubilee, listed as “Bernese Shorthaired Mountain Dogs”. Heim recognised that the dogs were large members of the Sennenhund type, a family of four breeds that includes the Swissy.Heim pushed for the dogs to be recognised as a separate breed and, in 1909, the Swiss Kennel Club listed the Great Swiss Mountain Dog (Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund) in the Swiss Stud Book.Since then, the breed’s popularity has grown slowly but steadily. In 1968 the first Swiss Mountain Dogs arrived in the USA, and soon after the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America was formed. The Swissy was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1995, as a member of the Working Group.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
4/5
All Around Friendliness:
4/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
2/5
Trainability:
2/5
Physical Needs:
3/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 8 to 12 inches
Weight: 8 to 14 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 15 years

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