Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog originates from Switzerland and is the smallest of the 4 breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed Group


Size of the Entelbucher Mountain Dog


Colour Varieties of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The breed comes in just tricolour, a combination of black, brown and white.

Country of Origin


Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed introduction and overview

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a large working dog from the Entlebuch Valley region of Switzerland. It has the characterful tricolour markings, with a short shiny coat and a tail that curls over its back. He was bred to drive cattle, as well as being a hard working and versatile working farm dog.

Size and weight of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Height bitch 42-48 cms

Height dog 44-50 cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 25.5-30kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 25.5-30kgs

Exercise requirements of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a very athletic dog breed that requires a minimum of an hour of exercise every day.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog temperament

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog tends to form a strong bond with its main handler. However, it’s a working breed that will happily settle into family life if socialised well from an early age. It’s an intelligent dog, and prone to behavioural problems such as separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They are generally good with children, but should always be supervised around children as the breed can be a little boisterous. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog may be able to live happily with cats, but care should be taken around contact with other smaller family pets.

Is the Entlebucher Mountain Dog a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This breed needs an experienced and confident owner. New owners should also be aware of the high levels of exercise and mental stimulation this breed requires.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog coat length

Short. The topcoat is short, shiny and lays close to the body. The thick, downy undercoat provides warmth.

Grooming requirements of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Low. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog requires just a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat glossy and tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. The EMD sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is generally a healthy and hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Heart murmurs
  • Eye problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

A healthy Entlebucher Mountain Dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-15 years.

Approximate Entlebucher Mountain Dog pedigree puppy price

No current puppy price is available as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is extremely rare in the UK, with only 7 dogs registered with Kennel Club in the entire year of 2015. Register your interest with an assured breeder, so they can inform you of expected litters.

Estimating how much an Entlebucher Mountain Dog would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will require around 365gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will cost around £8.90 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment