Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was known and used for its gigantic size. Apart from carrying out hauling tasks on the farm, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was also used for carrying carts to the market. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was wildly used for this until automobiles were first introduced. With the dawn of the 20th Century the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was thought to have been extinct. This was until 1908 when a dog owner showed his Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in the Swiss Kennel Club. From there the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was bred, and once again became a wildly popular breed. “Swissy” is a nickname that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has received over the years.

Known for their large and muscular stature, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed weigh anywhere from between 110 to 180 pounds and can be anywhere from 23 to 32 inches in height. The basic frame of the Swiss Mountain Dog is very muscular. The general appearance of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a tricolor of black, rust, and white. Typically the face blaze of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog will be white. The tops of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs ears, back, tail, and majority of the breed’s legs are black in color. The color of rust usually highlights the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs cheeks and sometimes above the eyes. A double coat of fur covers the Greater Swiss Mountain dogs body and is generally shed twice a year.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed are also know for their “pack” mentality. When living with a Chicago family the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is very loving and protective and even grows agitated or worrisome when a family member is not present. It is these loving and gentle qualities that have drawn many people to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.  Beyond being able to carry out physical needs once properly trained, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed also works well alongside other farm animals, as has been their nature since their origin. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the perfect farm-working breed, a great dog for the Chicago suburbs and a fantastic dog for Chicago dog lovers. The Swissy has a low to moderate need for exercise and so is a perfect city dog. In addition, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is tolerant of other pets and adores children.