Entlebucher Cattle Dog

Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Cattle Dog can satisfy all types of owners. Originally used for driving and guarding herds and for sledding, he was also greatly appreciated as a carrier of food products, especially milk and cheese, which earned him the nickname of "dairy dog" at one time. Even today, he is still used in some villages to carry milk and mountain cheese directly from the stables to the shelves of the local markets. The Entlebucher Cattle Dog can delight many people with his usefulness, excellent temperament and contagious joie de vivre.

Height 42 to 52 cm
Weight 20 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 15 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need High
Home country Switzerland

Quick Overview of the Entlebucher Cattle Dog


  • Assertive temperament
  • Lively and courageous
  • Smart and very nice
  • Loyal to all members of his family


  • Compact and robust silhouette
  • Shiny and short coat
  • Small bright dark brown eyes
  • V-shaped drooping ears


  • Very robust
  • No particular health problems
  • Rarely sick and resistant

Temperament of the Entlebucher Cattle Dog

With a well asserted but equal temperament, lively, courageous, ardent, intelligent and very kind, the Entlebucher Cattle Dog is loyal and devoted to all members of his family. This very happy dog always seems to be cheerful and full of liveliness.

He's smart and easy to raise. He is sociable but distrustful of strangers and is never impressed. He's not unnecessarily aggressive but will not allow any intrusion. He is totally present and always alert.

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Breed Appearance

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Slightly elongated in shape and barely above average size, the Entlebucher Cattle Dog has a compact and sturdy silhouette. His pleasant gait nevertheless still leaves an impression of a defensive and extremely well controlled reserve.


Between 44 and 52 cm (17.32 to 20.47 inches) for the male
Between 42 and 50 cm (16.54 to 19.69 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


The color of the coat has a black background with yellow patches and white patches on the feet, head and chest.


His short, glossy coat is adherent and thick.


His robust head with a flat skull and slight stop is equipped with powerful jaws. His small bright eyes are a beautiful dark brown color. His ears, drooping on each side of his skull are v-shaped. His nose is black. His long tail is hanging, short and carried at back height. His tail may be short or long at birth.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 3 and is #47

Characteristics of the Entlebucher Cattle Dog

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Entlebucher Cattle Dog puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

Docile, kind, funny, cheerful, lively, alert, he loves to play. Children are his favourite masters and his joy of life seems inexhaustible. The contact of the little ones seems to amuse him all the time and he loves to take part in their games.

He loves caresses and long walks.  He enjoys to be looked after so much that sometimes, he can get a little jealous if he does not get all the attention.

That sweet dog can live just about anywhere. Even if he has been widely used in the great outdoors, he can live in an apartment and be very happy. Of course, he will need daily exercise in order to spend his great energy and maintain his joie de vivre.

He constantly needs to be busy. A city dweller will need to devote him a lot of time so he can spend all this beautiful energy.

Even if his education is rather easy because he is intelligent and very receptive, it should not be neglected. It should be precocious and firm but gentle and respectful. He is an excellent guardian who is by no means aggressive but very alert and won't allow any intrusion.

He is incorruptible in defending his own and his territory. His great reserve against strangers keeps him constantly on alert and any intrusion is immediately reported.

Health of the Entlebucher Cattle Dog

This hardy and very robust dog is a tireless worker that does not suffer from any particular health issues. He is rarely ill and his stamina is great despite his smaller size. No particular pathology affects him and his life expectancy is good.


Maintenance is quite limited and a good weekly brushing is more than enough. However, during the moulting period, a good, more energetic brushing with a special double-row comb will help to treat the undercoat well and ensure a healthy, shiny coat at all times.

History of this breed

Coming from Entlebuch, this Cattle Dog of the same name, out of the four existing breeds, is the smallest of all Swiss Bouvier dogs. Even though he is described since 1889, he was confused with the Appenzell Cattle Dog for a long time and was later completely separated from him at the beginning of the 20th century.

It was at this time, in 1913, that he was entered in the BSO (Book of Swiss Origins) at a dog show in the town of Langenthal where four subjects were presented to Professor Albert Heim.

However, it was not until 1927 that his first standard was declared, a year after the Swiss Entlebuch Cattle Dog Club was founded by Dr. B. Kohler.

The breed took some time to really take off but due to his great aptitudes as a working dog, he nevertheless experienced a certain recrudescence.

This active and tireless dog has fine ancestral abilities as herdsman, food carrier, watchdog and companion dog.

His versatility makes him a much appreciated dog, but his numbers are still too low even today.

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