All About Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is considered an EXTRA LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25.5 to 28.5 inches.
Weight: 105 to 140 pounds.
Females – Height: 23.5 to 27 inches.
Weight: 85 to 110 pounds.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are commonly black. They have white and rust markings.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have some seemingly contradictory qualities. They are gentle yet bold, territorial yet easygoing, and sensitive yet at times unable to grasp certain training concepts. That can result in some frustration for owners, but they are still wonderful, devoted companions.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a large but low-energy breed. They do require daily exercise, such as a long walk or their favorite activity, pulling. They also require enough room to stretch their long legs while in the house.
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a double coat with a thick undercoat and a dense, long outercoat that can measure just under 2 inches.
- They are considered a low-maintenance grooming breed, requiring a weekly brushing unless they are shedding, when they should be brushed more often.
- This powerful dog is a bit longer than it is tall.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs include gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia and canine hip dysplasia. Panosteitis, distichiasis and entropion are less common but still occur within the breed, while ectropion is seen occasionally.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are extremely gentle with kids and make good family pets. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.
- Of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are the biggest and the oldest. The other breeds are Appenzeller, Entlebucher and Bernese.
- An ancient breed, they may date back to the Roman Empire or even to the Phoenicians in 1100 B.C.
- The Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs did not enter the United States until 1968 and were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1985.