Entlebucher Mountain Dog

"der Lachen Hunder - the Laughing Dog"

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Entlebucher Mountain Dogs come from Switzerland, descendants of ancient Molossus type dogs brought to the area by the Romans in the first century BC. The smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs, they were mainly employed as cattle herding dogs, but were also small and agile enough to manage other large animals. The breed was nearly lost in the early 1900s, but thanks to dedicated efforts of fanciers, they’ve come back from the brink of extinction.


People-dogs who love to be with their families as much as possible, they bond very strongly with their owners and don’t do well if left to live alone in the backyard. Active, energetic and very intelligent, they have high exercise needs and want you to participate. They have a strong work ethic and are happiest with a job to do; think herding, agility, obedience, ball, or just about any other competitive sport.


Entles have a double coat with a stiff, shiny topcoat and dense undercoat. They are mostly black with symmetrical tan and white markings, usually above the eyes, on the cheeks, muzzle, chest, under the tail, and on all four legs. Compact and muscular, they have triangular ears and small brown eyes. They usually have a wide tail with a white tip, but some are born with a bobtail.


With their work ethic, intelligence and willingness to please, Entles can be a joy to train – but they can also be strong willed with the potential to be challenging to first-time dog owners. As long as all members of the family are consistent and fair, Entles will learn quickly. They need at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day to stay happy and manageable.

Grooming & Care

They have a short, shiny double coat and do shed, so while they are low maintenance, regular weekly brushing will help keep the shedding down. Take a peek in their ears while you’re at it to make sure they’re clean and healthy. Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Entles are a generally healthy breed. They can be prone to hip dysplasia, patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap), and eye problems.

Famous Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Finn Maccool of Wildhorn was the breed’s Master Agility Champion in 2011.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 32
Schedule 34
Home 43
Children 48
Experience 51
Quick Facts
Grooming 13
Exercise 14
Challenges Can be rambunctious indoors without enough exercise; prone to separation anxiety if not well socialized to be home alone.
Height 16 to 21 inches
Weight 55 to 66 pounds
Life 11 to 15 years
Home Alone 84
With Kids 90
With Strangers 93
Availability 95

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