Basics of Dog Breed : Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Posted on September 28 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium-sized dog with a compact, slightly elongated body and a tricolor coat. A feature he shares with most breeds of Swiss drovers. Very mobile, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is also distinguished by its expression full of frankness, awakening and sweetness.

Breed Information:

Other names: Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Origin:  Swiss
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds
FCI number: 47
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Triangular

Race history

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest breed of Swiss Sheepdogs . It owes its name to its region of origin, the Entlebuch, which corresponds to a valley extending over the cantons of Lucerne and Bern in Switzerland. The Entlebuch Bouvier was first described in 1889. It has long been confused with the Appenzell Bouvier . The first dogs of the breed to be exposed were Albert Heim in 1913, during the dog show of Langenthal.

A first standard was drawn up in 1927, the year following the creation of the Swiss Bouvier Club of Entlebuch. Today, it is increasingly used as a versatile utility dog ​​and as a pet dog . The Bouvier de l'Entlebuch breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on July 28, 1954.

Physical characteristics

His hair: short, well laid, hard to the touch and very bright. Associated with a dense undercoat. 
Its color: tricolor, like all Swiss drovers. Black background with fire and white marks. The undercoat is dark gray to brownish in color. 
His head: well proportioned and dry. The skull is rather flat and wide. The truffle is black and slightly exceeds the roundness of the lips, muzzle powerful and well chiseled. 
His ears: attached high, rather broad at their base, with a well-developed atrial cartilage. Reaches close to the cheeks when the dog is at rest, slightly raised and facing forward when awake. 
Their eyes :of relatively small size, dark brown to hazel, rounded in shape, displaying a waking and friendly expression. 
His body: robust constitution, slightly elongated shape. The back is straight, firm, broad and rather long, the lumbar region solid and supple, the rump quite long and slightly inclined, the chest wide and well down. 
Its tail: attached in the continuity of the line of the rump, slightly inclined, naturally dangling or worn at the level of the back, or even slightly higher.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 15 kg and 21 kg Between 42 cm and 48 cm
Male Between 16 kg and 22 kg Between 44 cm and 50 cm

A Bouvier dog from Entlebuch is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a dog full of vivacity , joy of life , assured and courageous . Gentle and loyal to his family, he is far more reserved and even suspicious of people he does not know . In this, combined with his vigilance, the Bouvier Entlebuch is a good watchdog .


The Entlebuch Mountain Dog needs early  , firm but  consistent education . In other words, it must be managed with both authority and gentleness. This is a dog who  likes to learn and please his master . Moreover, he is naturally focused on work. His taste for exercises and games are therefore to exploit in his education.


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a robust and resistant dog . He enjoys a healthy health as long as he receives the proper care. His double hair gives him a pretty good protection against cold and humidity. There is no particular predisposition to any disease in this breed.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Entlebuch Mountain Dog requires only basic maintenance , with regular brushing and systematic examination of the pads , eyes and the inside of the ears to detect debris deposits.


It is recommended to  brush the dog once a week . During moulting, it should be brushed at least every other day using a comb with double rows of metal teeth.

Physical activity

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog needs a lot of exercise to get busy . His working dog heritage means he can not be satisfied with short trips. Long daily walks are necessary for his balance.

Living conditions

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is made to stay active and free . A house with a large walled garden , where he can express his guards instinct and move at will, suits him perfectly. In the city, it must be sufficiently walk and stimulated. He needs a master available , but when he lives in good conditions, tolerates his absence quite well a few hours a day.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1000 € 1200 €

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