Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart. – Judy Desmond
“Sennenhund” is derived from “Senn” or “Senner”, which refers to dairymen and herders in the Swiss Alps.
The Swissy is the oldest and largest of the four Swiss Mountain Dog breeds.
Photos displayed courtesy of Leeanna Ingram, Tamarack, Alberta
The Swissy does very well with tracking, carting, and agility as he is a working dog who likes to keep busy. He excels in obedience and conformation competitions, and shines in drafting, weight pulling, herding, pack hiking, and versatility. The Swissy has also served as a therapy dog and search and rescue dog.
His imposing size and loud, deep bark make him a good watch dog, although he make look more intimidating that he really is!
He needs space (so not an apartment-dweller!) and moderate exercise to remain happy and balanced. He requires a strong, self-confident owner.
As a dog with guarding instincts, he should be well socialized from an early age to children and other dogs or cats as well as multiple different social situations. Some Swissys display a tendency to chase small animals. This early training will produce a good natured, self-confident dog who is a pleasure to be around. This is the dog to pull your children in a cart!
Like some other large breeds, he will take longer than other breeds to mature, displaying some puppy-like behaviour for two to three years.
This dog can overheat easily, perhaps because of his northern origins. Keep an eye out when the weather is hot and exercise him during the cooler hours of the day.