10) Appenzeller Sennenhund
There are 4 Swiss Mountain dogs, or Sennenhunds if you wish, and the first one in this video is the Appenzeller Sennenhund. It is an active working dog, that was originally used as a cattle-herding dog and a flock guardian, sometimes also as draft dog and farm dog in general. They also make good watchdogs.
9) Schweizer Laufhund
The Schweizer Laufhund, also known as the Swiss Hound, is one of the less popular dog breeds, this is a strong and athletic dog breed with great endurance. There are 5 varieties of the Swiss Hound, the Bernese Hound, Bruno Jura Hound, Saint Hubert Jura Hound, Lucerne Hound and Schwyz Hound.
8) White Swiss Shepherd
A close relative to the famous GSD, the White Swiss Shepherd is a direct descendant from American White Shepherds imported to Switzerland, which is a direct descendant of German Shepherds. The White Swiss Shepherd is a good herder with attentive, lively and loyal temperament.
7) Continental Bulldog
This is still a young dog breed developed in the 1960s and 1970s by English Bulldog breeder Imelda Angern. She wanted to create a new type of a Bulldog, which would have similar temperament and appearance as the original English Bulldog, but that would healthier and more physically fit. Since 2005, the Continental Bulldog is recognized in Switzerland and Germany.
6) Bernese Mountain Dog
The most popular Swiss Mountain dog is the Bernese Mountain Dog. It is easy to recognize them apart, because this is the only long haired variety. The Bernese Mountain Dog is good natured, confident, docile and calm dog breed. They create very strong bond with its owners and today they are very often chosen as affectionate family companions.
5) St. Hubert Jura Hound
A skilled scent hound originated in the Jura Mountains on the Swiss-French borders. It is a good looking black and tan medium sized dog breed which most likely descend from French Hounds.
4) Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Third Sennenhund, the Entlebucher Mountain dog is the smalles of the four Swiss Mountain dogs with average height between 19-20 inches which is 48-50 cm and typical weight between 45-65 pounds which is 20-30 kg.
3) Swiss Niederlaufhund
This is a skilled hunting dog breed with excellent sense of smell and high prey drive. They are fast, agile, courageous and loyal. The typical sign are the big floppy ears.
2) Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
The largest of all Sennenhunds is the Greater Swiss Mountain dog. You can compare its size to the Entlebucher i mentioned earlier. The Greater Swiss Mountain dog average height is between 60-72 cm, which is 23-29 inch and weight is typiaclly between 50-70 kg, which is 110-140 pounds. Just like all the Swiss Mountain dogs they are good flock guardians and farm dogs.
1) St. Bernard
The most popular Swiss dog is definitely the Saint Bernard. They are famous rescue dogs, developed by the mountain hospice in Swiss Alps. They are the living definition of the gentle giant, because even though they are very big they are patient, calm and totally gentle. They enjoy company of people and they are love kids. Thanks to that, the Saint Bernard is extraordinary family companion.