as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, this is the smallest of the four Swiss
mountain dogs, standing up to 20 inches tall at the shoulder, and weighing
no more than 65 pounds. The Entle has a thick, short, sleek coat with
distinctive tri-colour markings. His coat is black and reddish-brown with
white on the face, chest, and feet. Entles are naturally bob-tailed.
attentive and devoted companion, the Entle is a people dog who bonds very
closely with his family. Totally devoted to his master, his loyalty,
intelligence, and protective instincts make him a wonderful watchdog.
Although suspicious of strangers, his friendliness with other dogs, and
desire for the company of his people make him a happy housedog. As
people-oriented as he is, this is not a dog to be left alone for long
periods of time. The Entlebucher is an active, athletic dog who loves to
play, and will happily rough-house with older children.
The Entlebucher is
naturally self-confident and intelligent. As such he is a quick study and
does very well in obedience training. He should be socialized and begin
training early. He needs a master who will be involved with the training
as he has a strong sense of pack order. The Entle needs a firm master to
keep his respect and may be a challenge for the first time dog owner.
The lively, tireless
Entlebucher is happiest when he has a job. Whether engaged in therapy
work, agility, obedience training, tracking, or even just herding the
kids, the Entlebucher is an enthusiastic participant. With his need for
high activity, the Entlebucher is not the dog for a couch potato! He is a
tough, heavy-boned, muscular and athletic dog. A minimum of one hour per
day of exercise will keep him happy and manageable.