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This week’s featured breed – Entlebucher Mountain Dog
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, which was also known as the Entlebucher Sennenhund or the Entlebucher Cattle Dog, originated in the Swiss valley in a town called Entlebuch, hence their name. They are the smallest of the four Swiss mountain dogs. It is believed that the Entlebucher Mountain Dog descended from mastiff types of dogs that the Romans brought with them to this area over two thousand years ago. They were originally used as cattle herding dogs. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog almost became extinct, but due to the efforts of Franz Schertenleib and Professor Albert Heim, they were able to ultimately save the breed. Most Entlebucher Mountain Dogs weigh around 55 to 66 pounds and stand 19 to 20 inches at the shoulder. They are a relatively healthy breed and can live 11 to 15 years. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is prone to getting a urinary syndrome, named after the breed, where there is a flaw in the connection between the ureter and bladder. It is a genetic anomaly within the breed and there is research ongoing to try to eliminate this from the current gene pool. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is an extremely active dog, since it was first used to herd cattle, and is not recommended for apartment living. They need a yard and at least an hour walk every day to burn off their energy. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is intelligent, loyal, eager to please, and loves to be around their family, which is why they make such a great family pet!
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff