Dog Breed Group: Guard Dog
Life Span: 11-15 years
Weight: Male: 22.5-30, Female: 18-25
Height: Male: 17-21, Female: 16-20
Origin of Name: The Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium-sized herding dog.
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Dairy farming has long been important to the Swiss economy because it provides key components for two major exports: cheese and milk chocolate. To move and protect their herds in the days before industrial agriculture, Swiss cattle ranchers developed four breeds of alpine mountain dogs known for their beautiful tricolor coats. Of these, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the largest and the Entelebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest and fastest.
The name Entlebucher, abbreviated ""Entle"", originates from the place of origin of the breed, which is the valley of the Entlebuch River. They were employed as ranch dogs and guardians all around, but the primary task of these shrewd cattle dogs was to drive their charges to high mountain pastures in the summer, tracking the herds during the grazing season, then taking them down in the winter. In the valley for.
This job description explains many of the key traits of Entle. To move cattle up and down sloping pastures, Antels developed remarkable balance and agility. The long, low Antley physique is not as exaggerated as a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but the idea is similar: it makes it easier to avoid ping and kicking on the cow's heel.
The breed's love of work, and life in general, gave it the nickname ""Der Lachen Handen"" (Laughing Dog). So enthusiastic is the working Entle, he can go ahead and slam it into a stubborn cow to move it. It is a moral imperative to do this kind of work in a 60-pound dog planted to move a herd of 1,500 pounds of animals to the side of a mountain.