Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - Entlebucher Cattle Dogs - Entlebucher Sennenhunds
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The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, also known as the Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher Cattle Dog, is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs including the Appenzeller, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The Swiss Mountain dogs are descended from Molossus type dogs brought by the Romans as they passed through Helvetia over two thousand years ago. The smaller of the Swiss Mountain dogs, the Entlebucher and Appenzeller were used as cattle herding dogs, bringing the dairy cows in from mountain pastures. The larger breeds were used as flock guardians and cart-pullers to transport milk and cheese to market.
Originating from Entlebuch, a valley in the district of the Cantons Lucerne and Berne, the first description under the name; Entlebucherhund; dates from the year 1889. For a considerable time after that date, no difference was made between Appenzell and Entlebuch Cattle Dogs. In the year 1913, four examples of this small herding dog with congenital bobtail were exhibited at a dog show in Langentahal and introduced by Professor Albert Heim, the great patron of the Swiss Mountain and Cattle dog breeds. On account of the judges' reports, they were entered into the Swiss Canine Stud Book (SHSB as the fourth Mountain and Cattle dog breed). However, the first Standard was only completed in 1927. After August 28th, 1926, the date of the foundation of the Swiss Club of Entlebuch Cattle Dogs initiated by Dr. B. Kobler, this breed was promoted and continued as pure bred. As the small number of entries into the Swiss Stud Book shows, the breed developed only slowly. The Entlebuch Cattle Dog received renewed impetus when, apart from his hereditary qualities as a lively, tireless, driving dog, his outstanding suitability as a utility, as well as a companion, dog was proved. Today, still on a modest scale, this attractive tricolored dog has found admirer's and enjoys increased popularity as a family dog.
Due to crossings with the German Shepherd and other newly imported purebreds, the Sennenhund were nearly lost by the early 1900s. The dedicated efforts of Professor Albert Heim and others, as well as careful monitoring by present day breed clubs in Switzerland and Germany, have managed to preserve the Entlebucher breed. The numbers are still relatively few, and they are often mistaken for a mixed breed dog.
This is a wonderful breed with all the intelligence, personality, agility and loyalty you could ask for packed into a sturdy little package. It is important to make sure that this little herder is compatible with your personality and lifestyle, as this is a dog that will be happiest if it is by your side every waking hour. The Entlebucher, while being independent and self confident, is nonetheless very attached to its people and must be made a part of the family. One of the greatest qualities of this breed is its unwavering devotion to its master. This is not a breed that will do well if left in the back yard, unless, of course, that is where the family is as well. The breed is territorial and slightly suspicious of strangers, making it a competent watch dog. They have an impressive bark and naturally announce the arrival of newcomers. While they are naturally confident and social dogs, socialization and training is required. Entlebuchers are generally regarded as great dogs with children, although there may be exceptions. The additional time required to train a smart, willful dog is a major consideration for a busy parent. Due to the Entlebucher's keen sense of social hierarchy, the head of the household will need to be actively involved in the training. This is an active, physical breed and loves to play and rough house. Once trained to be gentle with children, however, an Entlebucher is an excellent play mate and may even round up your kids like a small herd of cattle.
It is important to keep in mind that this relatively small dog is indeed an excellent cattle herding dog. They are quick, tough, and very physical, known for hurling themselves at livestock. Entlebuchers need a sufficient amount of exercise, an hour a day of vigorous activity is a minimum. Due to the breed's intelligence, stimulating activities are necessary to keep a happy, manageable dog. Entlebuchers love having a job to do and are well suited to herding, agility and obedience.