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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog



Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was developed in the Swiss Alps. This powerful dog excels in all sorts of dog sports, and because of his working heritage, he enjoys being busy. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was officially recognized by the American Kannel Club in 1995.

Height: 23.7-28.5 inches  Weight: 85-140 pounds  Lifespan: 8-11 years


This is a strong breed with a striking appearance. Swiss Mountain Dog is large, alert and powerful, slightly longer than tall. These dogs are particularly vigilant which makes them very good watchdogs. At the same time, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is courageous and fully capable to defend their family and territory. Comparable Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog.


Faithful and loving, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is considered a very good companion. Dogs of this breed get along great with children and usually behave very well with other pets. However, they have a quite strong herding instinct, so they tend to chase smaller animals. Therefore, they should be taught how to behave at a young age.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Coat / Care:

The coat is quite short and consists of two layers. The top layer is dense and somewhat rough, while the undercoat is quite thick and soft and must be clearly visible in the area of the dog’s neck. Shedding is of medium intensity. Periodical cleaning with a special rubber glove or a stiff brush is enough. This will minimize the hair loss. Bathing is not necessary.

Health Problems:

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Patellar Luxation, Gastric Torsion, Splenic Torsion, Cataracts, Distichiasis, Entropion, Panosteitis and Swissy Lick. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of 8 to 11 years.

Weight / Height

The male Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed’s height is around 25.5-28.5 inches and weighs around 115 and 140 pounds. Female Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can reach a size from 23.7-27 inches and weighs between 85 and 110 pounds. Male Dalmatians are generally larger than females.


Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are sharp-minded and obedient. Sociable, active, calm and dignified, this breed needs an experienced coach. The Mountain Dog is eager to earn praise, do teaching methods should be built on love, respect and reward.


Dogs of this breed do not need a lot of physical activity. Hence, like any other large breed, the Swissy should periodically move in order not to gain weight. Swiss Mountain Dogs are well suited for keeping in a city apartment. The Swissy also serves as a therapy dog and search and rescue dog.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Quick Information

Other Names:Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, Large Swiss Mountain Dog, Great Swiss Cattle Dog, Bouvier Suisse, Great Swiss Mountain Dog
Origin:Switzerland, Europe
Average size: Large Dog Breed 
Color:Black, Tan, Red, White and Blue
Energy Level:Active dog breed
Trainability:This dog is easy to train
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Average Intelligence
Personality:Faithful, Dependable, Family-Oriented
AKC Dog Ranking:78th Most popular dog breed
Good family dog:Yes, Excellent with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, Excellent with socialization
Good with children:Yes, Excellent with socialization
Good with strangers:Yes, Excellent with socialization
Good apartment dog:Low – this is not an apartment dog

Photo Credit: John M. P. Knox/Flickr; Photo Credit: Stonnie Dennis/Flickr


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