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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog



Dogs display reluctance and wrath
If you try to give them a bath
They bury bones in hideaways
And half the time they trot sideaways.
 - Ogden Nash

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies

Swissmount Farms puppies

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog adult
Barton Manor II's Ruby Tuesday

As their name suggests, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund) is a native of Switzerland, believed to be descended from Mastiffs brought to the region by the Romans. 

"Sennenhund" is derived from "Senn" or "Senner", which refers to dairymen and herders in the Swiss Alps.

The "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 tri-colour breed, 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!

The 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.


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 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America





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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Tina Stephenson, Swissmount Farms
New Brunswick




Shane and  Laura Bullock
PO Box 984
Magrath, AB   T0K 1J0
(403) 752-6001

Crooked Creek Reg'd

Leeanna Ingram
Lacombe, AB   T4L 2N5
(403) 704-0791

Tamarack Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs


New Brunswick


Tina Stephenson
728 Route 570
Mount Pleasant, NB  E7L 2Y6
(506) 375-4911

Swissmount Farms



Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue
Brian and Sera Fradgley



(403) 862-4763


Did you know?

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was once known
as "Old Blaze".



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