Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
The sweet, smart, and hard-working Swissy has a small but loyal following.
Height: 23.5 to 28.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 85 to 140 pounds (males average 122 pounds, females average 97 pounds)
Coat: short and dense
Life span: 7 to 9 years
Breed Group: Working Dogs
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was developed to be an all-around working dog, herding cattle, pulling carts, and standing guard. These days, the Swissy enjoys life as a family pet, but because of his working heritage, he enjoys being busy. This powerful breed excels in all sorts of dog sports, from agility to weight pulling.
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General Characteristics
Amount of shedding
Cold tolerance
Dog friendly
Ease at being home alone
Ease of training
Friendly toward strangers
Heat tolerance
Need for exercise
Affectionate with family
Compatible with kids
Energy level
General health