A breed that originated in the Swiss Alps, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the largest and possibly the oldest of the Sennenhund breeds. While it was the key contributor to the development of the St. Bernard, it soon lost favor and nearly went extinct. However, it was revived, and though is still pretty rare, even in its land of origin; it has been recognized and is being bred amply.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large and muscular dog, with a sturdy appearance, being longer than taller. Alomond-shaped, dark eyes; high set, triangular ears; large, blunt muzzle; scissor bite teeth; thick, tapering tail; deep chest; with slightly protruding breastbone; dense topcoat in black, with markings in rust and white–these are some of its physical characteristics.
black, white, and rust. Undercoat ranges from dark grey, light grey, to tawny.
A highly protective dog of its owners because of its natural herding instincts, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog loves children, is loyal, loving and extremely watchful. He loves being around his family and dislikes his “herd” wandering off. Good with other pets and quick to relax with newcomers, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog should be taught not to chase.
Bloating, hip dysplasia, distichiasis, epilepsy, and digestive problems are some of the health concerns with the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
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