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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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‘Swissy’ has a long, well-travelled history.

Appearance

Height: 58 - 71 cm
Weight (show): 32 - 44 kg
Weight (pet): 27 - 50 kg
Intelligent, alert, and usually gentle dogs. Good Watchdogs.
Can be good hiking companions.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoy dog sports such as carting or drafting, herding, tracking, agility, and both rally and competitive obedience.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.

Did You Know?

‘Swissy’ (as the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is sometimes affectionately called) has a long, well-travelled history. Many think they are descended from the Asian Mastiff, which was brought to central Europe by the Romans in the 1st Century BC.

The largest of the Swiss herding breeds, these good-natured dogs are believed to be the descendants of the St Bernard and the Rottweiler. Although they have ‘Greater’ in the name, the truth is the popularity of the St Bernard almost caused their extinction, a tragedy fortunately averted by one Dr Albert Heim who, in 1908, managed to re-establish the breed.

Even today they are considered to be relatively rare around the world. Hopefully that won’t always be the case.

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