"Swissy" is the oldest and largest of the four Swiss Mountain
Dog breeds. He was originally a general farm dog, used for herding,
pulling carts, droving, and guarding.
This is a large
standing up to 28 inches tall at the shoulder. The Swissy has a dense
double coat of medium length in black, white, and reddish brown. This
coat will blow twice a year, so shedding may be an issue! As you might
expect of a dog bred for drafting, droving, and working around the farm,
the Swissy is a sturdy, well-built and well muscled dog.
Although the Greater Swiss
Mountain Dog is eager
to please and known to be devoted to his family, he is large, powerful,
alert and fearless. He will take longer than other breeds to mature,
displaying some puppy-like behaviour for two to three years. As a dog with
guarding instincts, he should be well socialized from an early age to
children and other dogs as well as multiple different social situations.
This early training will produce a good natured, self-confident dog who is
a pleasure to be around. This is the dog to pull your children in a cart!
Swissy does very well with tracking, carting, and obedience as he is a
working dog who likes to keep busy. He needs space and moderate exercise
to remain happy and balanced. He requires a strong, self-confident owner.