Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, Great Swiss Cattle Dog
  • Size:Giant
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium (seasonal)
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:High
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 110–120 pounds, Female: 80–90 pounds
  • Height:Male: 27–32 inches, Female: 25–29 inches
  • Coat Colour:White and can have varying shades of gray, red (rust), or tan

Greater Swiss Mountain Coat

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a short double coat. The topcoat is dense and somewhat coarse, while the undercoat should be thick. The undercoat should show around the neck area.

Greater Swiss Mountain Character

This is an alert breed, making him very good as a watchdog, however he is not aggressive so does not make a good guard dog. This dog is very courageous and will bark at the sign of intruders or odd noises.

Greater Swiss Mountain Temperament

Dedicated, faithful, and loving, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog does make a very good companion. This breed is wonderful with children, and is usually very well mannered around other pets, however this breed likes to chase small animals, so he should be trained not to do so.

Greater Swiss Mountain Care

Averagely shedding, a rubber brushing occasionally will suffice, or a brushing with a hard bristle brush. This will keep shedding to a minimum. Regular bathing is not needed, and a good wipe down should be enough for this easy to groom dog.

Greater Swiss Mountain Activity

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog generally does not need much exercise, however considering he is a large breed, occasional exercise should be provided. This breed will do all right without a yard, but he does love long walks.

Greater Swiss Mountain Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is around 8-10 years, and there are various health problems and disorders that are linked to the breed. This includes bloat and torsion, OCD, HD, thyroid problems, spleen problems, digestive problems, and eyelid disorders. The parents of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog should have OFA and CERF certificates.