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Great Swiss Mountain Dogs, otherwise known as "Swissys", were traditionally work dogs used for
farming. The oldest of the Swiss breeds, the Swissy were especially good at cart pulling and other
chores requiring a great pulling capacity. The Great Swiss Mountain Dogs, though bred to drive
cattle and work as draft animals, were also bred for a protective and loving temperament.
The exercise needs of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is considered to be low to moderate. They
do require daily exercise and although a walk a day is sufficient, a run or an activity like cart pulling
that adds a little more vigor is beneficial. The "more is better" rule definitely applies. The more
exercise the dog receives the healthier and happier the dog will be. They are incredibly agile, swift,
and easily trainable. Swissys have done tremendously well in competition, not only in the areas of
weight pulling, but also flyball, tracking, obedience, search and rescue, and therapy.
In addition to carting and hiking, you and your Great Swiss Mountain Dog might enjoy the following
Here are some pictures of the VVDOC Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoying their favorite activities!
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Large, sturdy and confident, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (GSMD or "Swissy") is a draft and
drover breed - robust and agile enough to perform farm work in very mountainous regions. As a
working dog, Swissies like having a job to do and enjoy participating in hiking, carting, obedience
trials, herding, weight pulling, and backpacking with their owners. The breed's short, dense coat is
black with symmetrical rust and white markings.
A Look Back
Developed in the remote and isolated areas of Switzerland, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was
originally used for draft work, livestock management (herding and guarding) and as a farm sentinel.
The breed was assumed to have died out by the late 19th century, as their work was being done by
other breeds or machines, but they were rediscovered in the early 1900s.
Right Breed for You?
The "Swissy" is a social dog that enjoys being a member of the family. Owners should be patient
with housetraining; dogs may grasp the concept in a few weeks, but it can take many months for
them to become reliable. Daily exercise is necessary, but should be moderate due to their large size
and dark, thick coat, which can cause them to overheat in high temperatures. Coats need to be
brushed once or twice a week.
Did You Know?
- The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a relatively new AKC breed, fully recognized in 1995.
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America formed in 1968 with the express purpose of
obtaining AKC recognition.
- The Greater Swiss is one of four types of Sennenhund breeds developed in Switzerland as a
herding, guard, and utilitarian draft dog.
- The Greater Swiss breed was resuscitated in the early 1900's by famous dog expert, Dr.
Albert Heim of Zurich.
- The Greater Swiss is the AKC's 137th breed.
- The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was introduced in the United States when J. Frederick and
Patricia Hoffman saw the breed at a show in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1967. The following year
the Hoffmans, along with Perrin G. Rademacher, imported the first Swissy into this country.
Working Group; AKC recognized in 1995.
Ranging in size from 23½ to 28½ inches tall at the shoulder.
© The American Kennel Club, Inc.
The GSMD Breed Standard - www.akc.org/breeds/greater_swiss_mountain_dog/index.cfm
History of the GSMD - www.akc.org/breeds/greater_swiss_mountain_dog/history.cfm
National Breed Club - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America - www.gsmdca.org
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