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Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed

Also known as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog or Entlebucher Cattle Dog, this is the smallest of the four types of Sennenhunds which includes the Appenzeller, Bernese and the Greater Swiss. Entlebuch is a place in Lucerne, Switzerland and Sennenhund refers to the people of Senn which are herders in the Swiss Alps. A square, sturdy and medium-sized dog, the breed weighs 55 to 66 pounds and stands at a height of 19 to 20 inches. It has a body that is well-proportioned to the head with muscular, broad hips and a deep chest. It has a flat skull with a strong, well-formed muzzle and small, dark brown eyes. The ears are triangular-shaped, medium-sized, set high and hanging against the cheeks. The coat is short, thick, hard and glossy. It comes in tri-colored black, white and rust with symmetrical markings on its toes, tail, chest and blaze.

This rare molosser breed has been used for cart-pulling, herding or cattle driving and as a farm companion. Intelligent and alert, it has a cheerful temperament and enjoys being in the company of humans. They are exceptionally clean and requires little grooming. They are friendly and become very attached and devoted to their owners but reserved towards strangers. Playful and friendly, they are good with children but need to be watched with smaller ones as they can knock them down during play. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog can live up to 13 years.

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