Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 52-64, Female: 38.5-50
Height: Male: 25.5-28.5, Female: 23.5-27
Origin of Name: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps.
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The Swiss people descend from the war dogs brought over the Alps by the veterans of Julius Caesar. The Swiss used these mastiff-types when breeding their alpine mountain dogs, or cenhunds. Of these, the Swissis are the oldest and largest (or, ""elder"").
In remote hilly areas, they are topped by all the surrounding farm-and-pasture hands, specializing in weighted loading of meat and dairy, which come to market in cleverly crafted dogcarts. The Greater Swiss is closely associated with the Bernese Mountain Dog and is a constituent breed of St. Bernard and Rotweiler.