General Information

Dog NameEntlebucher Mountain Dog
Other NamesEntelbucher
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeMountain Dog
GroupHerding and Working Dog
Breed ForHerding cattle and working in farm
Country of OriginSwitzerland

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span13
Min Ideal Weight for male22
Max Ideal Weight for male24
Min Ideal Weight for female18
Max Ideal Weight for male24


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentEnthusiastic, Smart, Loyal
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginSwitzerland
Nicknames and Other NamesEntelbucher, Entelbucher Cattle Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHerding Group, Working Group
Bred ForHerding cattle and working in farm
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, CKC, KC
Life Span11-13 years
Ideal WeightMale: 50-65 pounds
Female: 40-55 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 17-21 inches
Female: 16-20 inches
Fur TypeDouble coat, short, harsh, shiny
Common ColorsBlack White and Tan, Black
MarkingsWhite markings, Brown markings
AvailabilityWidely available
Suitable for ApartmentsNot suitable
Used in World WarUsed as draft dog in World War
Most Similar ToBernese Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium-sized dog from Switzerland. It is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain dog. They are herding dogs used to herd cattle. They look like the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog but in a smaller version.

The body of Entlebucher Mountain Dog is well-muscled and they look powerful. They have a long muzzle with almond shaped brown or chestnut eyes and a triangular hanging ears. The hind leg is sloppy and strong, the back is wide with usually a hanging tail.

Origin and History

Entlebucher Mountain Dog is originated in the valley of the river Entlebuch, Switzerland from where its name was derived. They were bred as herding dogs and guard or watchdogs. Entlebucher Mountain Dog was originally bred to be an all-purpose farm dog. The farmer had set the task for them and instructed them. In summer, they would drive the cattle up in the mountain land and look after them on the grazing season. In winter, they would move them back in the valley.

The American Kennel Club accepted Entlebucher Mountain Dog in their Foundation Stock Service in 2000. AKC approved it as a member of the Herding group in 2009. Entlebucher Mountain Dog currently ranks 161 of 193 AKC’s registered breed.

Is Entlebucher Mountain Dog Child-Friendly?

Entlebucher Mountain Dog is tolerant of children and are very loving towards them. They are active and can play with children all day long. However, due to their high herding instinct, toddlers may not be best suited for them. So, while letting them play, supervise them. No matter how friendly a dog is, supervision is always needed.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog is child-friendly
Entlebucher Mountain Dog looking after a Baby.
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Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Behavior: Entlebucher Mountain Dog is very protective of his people and tends to look after them. They love people’s company and if they are left alone, isolated for a long time, they might be depressed and may show destructive behavior. So be with them as much as they need.

Temperament: Entlebucher Mountain Dog is of devoted and loyal temperament. They are smart, friendly and playful towards their family and extremely adores them. They are reserved around strangers and can be suspicious of them. However, a proper introduction from his master is all that need for Entlebucher Mountain Dog to be welcoming of the house guest.

Personality: The personality of Entlebucher Mountain Dog is independent and self-confident. They like to do things on their own and have a high instinct to protect their family and even family pets. They love their master and form a strong bond with them.


Entlebucher Mountain Dog can be difficult to train as they are independents who don’t like to take orders from others and do things on their own. With high-self confident, they tend to do everything on their own and see themselves as a leader of the pack. However, establishing a firm leadership with consistency and confident can make training Entlebucher Mountain Dog easy.

They should be ensured that you are the master and you are the leader of the pack. Be gentle with them and use positive methods of training.


  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a highly energetic dog who can work all day.
  • The name Entlebucher Mountain Dog was derived from the name of river Entlebuch.
  • The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is also known as Entlebucher Sennenhund and Entlebucher Cattle Dog.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesEntropion, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia,
Bloat, Obesity, Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine, Coronavirus Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 30%
Fat: 15%
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

The average life span of Entlebucher Mountain Dog is 11-15 years. They are moderately healthy dogs. However, they can inherit some genetic health problems. They may also be prone to some of the following canine diseases:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a common skeleton disease in canine. When dog hip joints do not develop well, they may have partially dislocation of bones. They will have lots of pain and have trouble to move around.
  • Entropion: It is a genetic health problem where the eyelid folds inward towards the eye. This cause the eyebrow to go inside the eye causing irritation which may even lead to unclear vision
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Coat and Colors

The coat of Entlebucher Mountain Dog is short with a thick and dense undercoat. They shade mildly and needs grooming time to time to avoid shading on the carpet.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog comes in the following colors and markings:

  • Black
  • Black white and tan
  • Brown markings
  • White markings


Cost: The average cost of Entlebucher Mountain Dog puppy is between $1000-$1200 USD.

Size: The average height of Entlebucher Mountain Dog male is 17-21 inches and female is 16-20 inches. The average weight of the male is 50-65 pounds and the female is 40-55 pounds.

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