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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Swissy


This is a strong draft breed. It is large and powerful, slightly longer than tall. Its movement displays good reach and drive. Its double coat consists of a thick undercoat and dense outer coat, about 1 to 1¾ inches long. Its expression is gentle and animated.

The Greater Swiss mountain dog is a sensitive, loyal and extremely devoted family companion. It is calm and easygoing, very gentle with children as well as other pets. It is territorial, alert, bold and vigilant.

Size Large
Height 23.5-28.5 (60-72 cm)
Weight 130-135 pounds (59-61 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Colors Black, White & Red
Origin Switzerland
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

They will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They prefer cool climates. A small yard is sufficient.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

Moderate exercise is needed, however they do need to be taken on a daily, long walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, never in front, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.


Easy Training: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog must be handled with a loving, consistent approach and on an even keel. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is an eager learner and is very responsive to its trainer's voice. Training must be consistent but not severe, allowing the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to develop a clear understanding of what is allowed and what is not.



Grooming Requirements

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


Moderate Shedding: He does shed, however. He’ll lose some hair year-round and go through a heavier shed in the spring and fall. A shedding blade will come in handy to remove the shedding hair, and additional brushing during that time will help keep loose hairs off your floor, furniture, and clothing.



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