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  • Writer's pictureScarlett Bowman

Breed Spotlight: Entlebucher Mountain Dog


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, notably referred to Laughing Dog' of the Swiss Alps, is a rugged and determined mover of cattle. They are considered to be very energetic and prominent athletes as well as independent problem solvers. Which they excel at very well.

They are muscular, long-backed cattle dogs standing from 16 to 21 inches at the shoulder. They have short, sturdy legs; a striking black, white and tan coats and very sweet and attentive friendly face. Entles are most known for their agility, balance, and endless enthusiasm. On top of this, they tend to be excellent protectors whether in the form of herds or people, they are very vigilant and loyal in keeping them safe. They can also be properly socialized and make for trustworthy playmates for children and adolescence. Hyperactive Entles require lots of energy and family time to reach their full potential. Inexperienced owners might find this breed overwhelming as these dogs are self-confident herding dog that's eager to work. They're fine dogs as pets, but may not be for everyone.


This breed does not require a lot of grooming. With their dense short and shiny double coats, they will need a little more than a wipe down with damp towels between baths to stay clean. They do, however shed a bit, so it's best to invest in a good stripping comb or a thick bristle brush to keep shedding to a minimum. Nails must be trimmed on a monthly basis, kept at a short and neat trim. Dental care should also be started fairly early and continued on a regular basis throughout your dog's lifetime. Ears will also need to be checked weekly as clearing out the wax and debris can help avoid them getting ear infection that plague most dogs with drop ears.


Choosing which foods to give your dog can be a daunting task, so it's best to get recommendations from your vet and breeder. If getting this dog, you should consider high-quality dog food best suited for your dog's age and activity level. A dog that works requires a different formula than one that's sedentary and in the house. Puppies requires different nutrition than ones that are older. This breed loves to eat, and thus can be prone to becoming overweight is their food intake isn't monitored. If you choose to give them treats during training, do so moderately. Treats can be important aid in training, but try not to feed them too many.


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a quick, tough dog with exceedingly high energy levels. It takes a least an hour of exercise daily to keep them in good physical condition. Keeping the breed's energy channeled through exercise will make training them easier as well as living with them. They love doing things with their owners they love to jog, run, hike, or bike. So if you're fairly active, this dog is good as an exercise partner.


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