Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- SIZE: 9
- GROOMING:: 1
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- COLOR(S):Black with bright, symmetrical russet and white markings. They have white at the toes, tail tip, chest and blaze. The tan always lies between the black and white. Red tricolors do occur but are not acceptable.
The GSMD or Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund is the largest one among the Swiss mountain dogs. They are typical draft dog who love farm chores, pulling carts, sleds and children. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoy being a part of a family. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, strong, muscular, draft dog. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The front legs are straight and strong with rounded, compact feet. The color of the eyes may vary from hazel to chestnut. Their expression is attentive and intelligent. GSMD has a beautiful tri-color double coat (black with rich rust and white markings). Symmetrical markings are preferred. The tip of the tail, a blaze on the muzzle and a large marking on the chest are white, a white collar or patches on the neck are permitted.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is steady, watchful and protective, but not aggressive. These dogs are loyal, willing and loves to please, they are excellent with children. This dog needs to be a part of the family and prefers to be with his people all the time. Generally they can get along well with family and other pets and are not generally dog aggressive. They should be introduced to newcomers, since they are territorial, but will quickly warm up to those the family accepts. This is an excellent, courageous, alert watchdog who will bark at strange noises and intruders. They are slow to mature, both physically and mentally. Puppyhood may last 2-3 years.
Stiff and short. This is an easy groom dog, regular brushing will due. This breed is an average shedder.
Hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, OCD, eye problems, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Regular exercise is essential and plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy a free run. They do not like to be chained up. They do better in rural or suburban settings.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are best suited for suburban country living. They should have a yard to run about in, but should not be chained up or left outside, away from the family. The best owner for this breed would be an active, dog-experienced owner who can give it a job to do in a country living environment.