The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has the independent spirit of other herding breeds, but still relishes spending time with his people — especially if they give him a job to do.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Entlebucher Mountain Dog.
Entlebuch is a is a canton or district in Lucerne, Switzerland, dominated by the main valley of the Little Emme River, where the vast majority of the land is either forested or used for agriculture. Throughout its history, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog has worked in this and other mountainous areas of Switzerland.
2) Herding Dogs
Of the four Swiss Mountain breeds, the Entle is the smallest. They and the Appenzellers were tasked with herding the dairy cows, bringing them back from the pastures after they were finished grazing. Meanwhile, the two larger breeds, the Greater Swiss and the Bernese Mountain Dogs, were in charge of guarding the flocks and pulling carts with milk and cheese to market.
3) Good with Kids
Entlebucher Mountain Dog is intelligent, agile and loyal dog. It is suitable for families with older children (because of its habit to herd small children). Entlebucher Mountain Dog can be easily trained using positive reinforcement methods.
4) Hard Worker
Entlebucher Mountain Dog is hard-working dog which requires plenty of tasks to satiate its urge to work. It can be trained to collect dirty laundry, pick up slippers and newspapers and perform other similar tasks. Entlebucher Mountain Dog requires at least one hour of vigorous exercise per day.
Because the Entlebucher Mountain Dog was bred for hard work, this dog is one that needs regular workouts. It would be best if the Entlebucher Mountain Dog be given a few hours a week outdoors playing ball, or just running around. In addition to this, a daily regimen that last at least an hour is advised.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog has short, thick fur. It has black body with white markings on the head, chest, paws and tip of the tail and rusty-red markings between the white and black fur.
7) Living Conditions
The Entlebucher Mountain Dogs originated in Switzerland thus, these dogs would prefer to live in places which are cold or have cool temperatures. Though Entlebucher Mountain Dogs can survive in humid climates much care would be required as they need to be kept cool at all times, ideally kept indoors and be provided with adequate air conditioning. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are very active and need a lot of space to romp, run and play around in. Keeping the canine inside an apartment is not advisable.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a double coat of fur. The undercoat is dense and the topcoat is short, close fitting and shiny. Because of this double coat of fur, daily brushing during warmer seasons is highly recommended in order to preserve the shiny look of the topcoat. Baths every 2 weeks are also highly recommended to clean out the dense fur of the undercoat.
9) Almost Extinct
The Entles had almost disappeared by the early 1900s, because of crossings with German Shepherd Dogs and other imported breeds. A professor, named Albert Heim, played a huge role in saving the breed. Heim was a major patron of the Swiss mountain breeds, and he introduced four Entles in a show in 1913, as part of his effort to revive the breed. A breed standard was completed 14 years later.
Purebred dogs like the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and those that come from mixed bloodlines are often afflicted with a hereditary eye disease that can cause blindness called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Most Entlebuchers exhibit signs of having PRA between the ages of 1 and 5. Another health concern common among Entlebucher Mountain Dogs is Canine Hip Dysplasia, an orthopedic birth defect where the socket and the joints have an abnormal fit thus causing pain and, in extreme cases, lameness in dogs.