Entlebucher Mountain Dogs have muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short, glossy coats that are usually black & white with rust-colored patches in-between the black and white. They have broad, flat heads with tapered muzzles, hanging ears, and small, dark eyes. Their thick tails are usually carried horizontal or hang low.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog—unlike some other herding breeds—has a lively, outgoing personality. Warm and affectionate with family members, it is also very clever and adaptable. With the proper training and socialization, it gets along very well with other pets and children.
While the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is protective of its surroundings, it is a very restrained watchdog. Overall, this is a high-energy, resilient breed that truly appreciates working in wide-open spaces. If you can give the Entlebucher Mountain Dog lots of companionship and steady work, it will be endlessly happy.
Being an age-old working breed, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not a good choice for an apartment dog. It needs room to run and acreage to explore. Even a large fenced yard might make it feel confined. No matter where it’s living, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog needs long walks every day to stay in shape.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog can live as long as 12 years with relatively few genetic health issues; however, some may suffer from hip dysplasia, cataracts and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Grooming is simple—just brush and bathe occasionally.
Named for the Swiss town of Entlebuch, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four standard Swiss mountain dogs (the others being the Appenzell Mountain Dog, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Bernese Mountain Dog). A descendant of ancient Roman working mastiffs, as some believe, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog was used for centuries as a shepherd, herder and watchdog.