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Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entelbucher Cattle Dog, Entlebucher


Swiss herders developed four breeds of mountain dog known for their striking tricolor coats. Of these, the Entlebucher (ENT-leh-boo-cur) Mountain Dog is the smallest and quickest. They’re muscular, long-backed cattle dogs with short, sturdy legs. They stand from 16 to 21 inches at the shoulder, with females at the lower end of the scale. Their dark eyes draw you into an attentive, friendly face. Bred to move cattle up and down sloping pastures, Entles are famous for agility, balance, and rugged determination.

They may be reserved with strangers. Entles are an active, high energy and physical breed, with above average exercise requirements, so they are not a dog for the casual owner. Entlebuchers do best when they have a job. Although the Entlebucher loves and is devoted to children, his shepherding instincts can make integrating small children and a puppy a bit tricky. The Young Entle can become possessive and begin to consider children to be “his own” to herd and watch over. Being exceptionally strong for his size, the Entle can easily overwhelm a child. Very careful consideration should be taken when considering adding this breed to a family with small children.

Size Medium
Height 19-20 inches (48-51 cm)
Weight 55-66 pounds (25-30 kg)
Lifespan 11-15 years
Colors Black Black White & Tan Black White & Yellow
Origin Switzerland
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment life.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Other dogs and cats in the family will also receive his protection, but stray cats, rabbits, squirrels and other critters will incite his chase instinct.

Exercise Needs

The Entlebucher is a working breed which requires frequent exercise. Its favorite activity is herding; it may even try to herd children in the family. Entlebuchers enjoy cold weather and love to run and play off the leash whenever possible.


Moderately Easy Training: The Entlebucher is intelligent and eager to please, but has an independent streak. It must be taught to recognize its owners authority; obedience training is recommended.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.


Moderate Shedding: The Entle sheds a little more heavily in spring, so you may need to brush a little more often for a few weeks until he has lost all of his winter coat.



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