Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large working dog that was originally used to herd cattle and pull milk carts in its native country of Switzerland.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Breed Group

Working

Size of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Large

Colour Varieties of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The breed comes in just tricolour, consisting of black, tan and white.

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Size and weight of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Height bitch 60-69 cms

Height dog 65-72 cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 48-54kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 50-64kgs

Exercise requirements of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog temperament

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a friendly affable dog with a gentle and kind temperament. It enjoys the company of humans, making it a good family dog. It is normally excellent with children. It is rarely aggressive with other dogs and if well socialised can get along well with cats too. Care should be taken around other smaller pets. The GSMD makes a good guard dog around the home, and will bark to alert owners of any unusual noises.

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

Yes, but prospective owners should be aware of the higher costs for food, routine treatments, grooming costs, veterinary bills and insurance that go with owning a large dog. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog may also be an impractical size for many family homes.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog coat length

Short

Grooming requirements of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Low. The GSMD requires just a weekly brush with a good quality bristle brush or hound glove. Ears should be checked regularly and cleaned with a medicated ear cleaner.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The GSMD sheds throughout the year so is an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The GSMD is generally healthy, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues that have been
found in the breed:

  • Bloat
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Distichiasis (extra eyelashes)
  • Epilepsy

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 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

A healthy GSMD should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 8-11 years.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog pedigree puppy price

No current puppy price is available, as the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is rare in the UK, with only 23 puppies registered with the Kennel Club during the entire year of 2015. Litters tend to produce around 6-10 puppies.

Estimating how much a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 50kgs will require around 509gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 60kgs will require around 570gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch weighing 50kgs will cost around £12.50 per week to feed. A dog weighing 60kgs will cost around £14.00 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