Welcome to the Entlebucher Sennenhund World Wide Web Site

Entlebucher Mountain Dog &
Entlebuch Cattle Dog
Country of origin: Switzerland

The Entlebucher Sennenhund is the smallest member of the Swiss Mountain Dog family that also includes the Appenzeller , Bernese and the Greater Swiss.


Two young Entlebuchers/Der Viking

The Entlebucher was originally used as a watchdog after being introduced to the Roman nobility by Alexander the Great. They were eventually brought into Switzerland and used primarily by Alpine herdsman to drive cattle.


Friendly, with pleasant personalities, Entlebuchers enjoy being around people, and other dogs.
Easygoing and loyal, Entlebuchers are known to become very attached to their owners. They are exceptionally clean and require little grooming. Overall, these rare, beautiful dogs are wonderful pets.
Not recommended for first time dog owners. Communication is essential. The Entlebucher exhibits extaordinary intelligence with quick learning when guidelines are established upon introduction.

Although catagorized as a medium size dog, these guys carry all the muscle of a full size model. You definately can expect a big dog in a more compact package. They are solid and can knock kids down. Grown ups can end up on their rear ends as well. This will be rare for the well behaved dog. Just know they are physically able.

Not recommended for hot humid climates. Florida is an example of a bad location for this breed. Eye problems such as PRA have been associated with the Entlebucher. Ensure the breeder you select has CERF certification dated within the same year of breeding. It is also a good idea to verify the OFA or Penn-hip rating for each dog.




FCI Historical Summary
The "Entlebucher" is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs. He originates from Entlebuch, a valley in the district of the Cantons Lucerne and Berne. The first description under the name "Entlibucherhund" dates from the year 1889, but 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 Langenthal and introduced to Professor Albert Heim, that 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 Cattledog 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 SHSB (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 an utility and companion dog was proved. Today, still on a modest scale, this attractive tricoloured dog has found his admirers and enjoys increased popularity as a family dog.



Males and Females16 to 20 inches
(at the withers).

Medium-sized,heavy-boned, muscular body with compact motion.

Coat and Color:
Short, thick, hard, glossy coat. Tri-colored black, white and rust with symmetrical markings on the toes, chest and blaze; the rust always lies between the black and white.

Flat skull with a straight, strong well-formed muzzle; small, dark brown eyes; medium-sized,triangular-shaped, rounded ears, set high and hanging against the cheeks.

Natural bobtail at birth, otherwise docked.
(Recent changes now allow for full tail with white tip). New standards allow for long tail in which case tail has white tip.

Weight Range
47-62 lbs. (23-30 kg)

Height Range
17-20 in (42-51 cm)

Life Expectancy
11-13 years

Cattle driving, cart pulling, companion

Uncorruptable watchdog

Clean - minimal grooming requirements

No hunting instinct

Not prone to wandering

Intelligent, obedient and loyal

Enjoys the company of people

Temperament - courageous, alert, cheerful


The breed information provided has been gathered from various sources from around the world.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Club of America
DieSchweizer Sennehunde
(translated to English)
Description from
Simon & Schusters Guide of Dogs
Common Characteristics of the Sennenhund
Entlebucher Photo Gallery
Frequently Asked Questions
 Recommended Reading
 Health Issues
Entlebucher Stories
from around the World
Swiss Mountain Dogs Rescue Post
Canine Coach


Swiss Breed Standard (NMBE)
Marc Nussbaumer
Breed Info (Swedish)
Swiss Breed Info (German)
Canadian Kennel Club - Standard
Breed Info (Finnish)
More Finland Breed Info (Finnish)
FCI - Standard
Breed Info (French)
Bernese Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog


Canines of America
World of Dog Training
Dog Owners Guide   
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