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Temperament

Entlebuchers are recognized as being highly intelligent, having very agreeable natures, loving to play and being devoted to their families. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a wonderful companion, especially for active, outdoorsy people. Entlebuchers are smart, friendly, agile and extremely loyal bonding with their people and staying close by their loved ones all the time.  Entles remain active and highly energetic throughout their lives. Socialization is required starting from the time they are born because Entlebuchers are typically suspicious of strangers. They use their authoritative bark at appropriate times and make good watch dogs. While in general, they are playful and good with children, they can be rough players so they need to be supervised with young children at all times.

Size and Weight

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss mountain dog breeds. Adult males typically stand between 17 and 21 inches measured at the withers, and females range from 16 to 20 inches in height. Adult Entlebuchers usually weigh between 52 and 65 pounds, with females coming in on the lower side of the scale. Dogs that are taller or shorter than these ranges are faulted in the confirmation dog shows.  In conformation competition, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog's soundness and balance are emphasized over its size.

Coat and Color

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a short double coat. Its outer coat is close-fit and shiny and its undercoat is thick and dense.  Entlebuchers are tri-colored dogs that should have symmetrical markings. They are mostly a shiny black, with a white muzzle and blaze, white feet and a white chin, throat and chest. An inverted white cross on the chest is desirable. They have mahogany markings on their muzzle, cheeks, chest and legs, as well as over the eyes. Small mahogany oval islands on the cheeks are desired. Entlebuchers can be shown with natural or docked tails. Color and markings should not take precedence over soundness, balance and temperament in this breed.

Grooming Needs

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are low-maintenance and require very little grooming. A good brushing every few weeks is usually all that is necessary to keep their short, thick coats clean and shiny. This breed sheds a moderate amount, significantly less than a labrador for example. They only need an occasional bath as they are clean dogs in general.


Training 

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are highly intelligent, which makes them very trainable. Because they are strong-willed, they are challenging for first-time dog owners. Entlebuchers must be well socialized and need a firm, consistent guiding hand starting in puppyhood.  They are deceptively strong for their size and are resistant to pain. As a result, physical corrective training techniques are not as effective with this breed. Entlebuchers need consistent, reward-based, positive reinforcement during training. Praise, petting and treats are much more effective than harsh commands or physical punishment.  Entles have a keen sense of social hierarchy and naturally want to control all situations. Owners need to make it very clear that they are alpha. When trained with consistency, Entlebuchers are happy to follow their master’s lead and are wonderful, well-behaved and devoted companions.

Exercise

This is an active working breed with above-average exercise needs that loves to pull carts and herd any other animals, including people. Daily walks are important, but walks alone are not sufficient to satisfy this breed’s exercise requirements. Entlebuchers should get at least one hour a day of vigorous exercise in order to stay physically and mentally fit. Entlebuchers excel at competitive canine sports, such as obedience, agility and rally. They are quick, tough and very physical and they need quite a bit of room to stretch their legs. This is not a breed for urban apartment-dwellers.




 


































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