Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a smaller, more agile version of some more famous Swiss breeds. They are bouncy, energetic companions. Indeed, they offer a surprising amount of dog in a short little package! These dogs still retain the drive from their working years, and do require a good amount of exercise. Read on to learn more about the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

Description of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

These dogs are shorter versions of what we typically think of as mountain dogs. Indeed, they look like slightly misshapen clones of dogs like the Swiss Mountain Dog. Their short stature may be surprising, but it was actually quite helpful in their work. So low to the ground, they could easily avoid kicking cows and direct them more efficiently.

The Entle is a ball of muscle, which is easily visible under their short coats. Their long backs and stout frames make them slightly resemble breeds like the Welsh Corgi.

These dogs have beautiful coats with striking patterns: dense with a beautiful tricolor pattern.

Life Expectancy and Size

The Entlebucher is short and stout. They are generally between 16 and 21 inches tall. However, they can weigh between 40 and 60 pounds!

Even though Entles are of medium size, they have relatively short life expectancies. Most of these dogs live between 11 and 13 years. Still, they are fairly healthy. Keeping them at a healthy weight is the most important way to ensure that they live long, happy lives. Many individuals are prone to obesity.

Protective Ability

This breed was born as a protector, but mostly for their flocks. Today, many still have a protective instinct and a surprisingly loud bark. Despite their short stature, the Entle is still formidable. They are not strictly guard dogs, but would definitely dissuade all but the most intrepid intruder.


The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a quick learner and can be trained very effectively.

They still have their drive to work, so they take training sessions seriously. Most make dedicated pupils. Because they are so smart, it is important to make sure that they do not become bored. They enjoy feeling productive. Training sessions should be short and to the point.

That being said, the Entle can also be pushy. They were bred to be independent and able to make decisions on their own. Today, this is both a blessing and a curse. Consistent, positive reinforcement is the best bet for these dogs.

Energy Level

Just because these dogs are short and stout, do not underestimate their energy level. Some Entles, especially young ones, tend to be bouncy. They may knock over visitors or small children.

They are working dogs through and through. They love jobs, and will create their own if you do not provide them with a sufficient one.

What Living with an Entlebucher Mountain Dog is Like

Living with the Entle is like living with a little workhorse. They love having a job to do, and have endless amounts of energy to get it done. They’re not exactly hyperactive like some energetic dogs, but are rather a bit bouncy. It can be like living with a bull in a china shop!

These dogs are fun companions for active families. They are quite good with kids, but may bowl over younger ones. Their attitudes with strangers and other dogs vary from protective to reserved.

Although they do not have long life spans, they are generally quite healthy.

This breed isn’t a good choice for families that cannot absolutely commit to providing these dogs with enough stimulation.

Care of the Entlebucher Mountain Dogs

The hardy Entlebucher can live in a variety of environments, as long as they have a family that loves them and can provide enough stimulation.

Environmental Needs

The Entle is an efficient mountain dog. They were bred for harsh conditions, and can do quite well in even extreme environments. In general, they always prefer being outside. There is some risk of overheating in hot temperatures, although less than with their larger cousins. Always provide adequate water and shade.

Exercise Needs

As a working dog, the Entlebucher still requires adequate exercise. They need minimum of one hour of exercise per day, ideally coming in the form of a walk or a hike with their owner. It is highly recommended to have a yard for these dogs. It is very helpful to have a place where they can use up excess energy playing flirt pole games or searching for hidden treats.

They may also enjoy accompanying owners on longer excursions, such as jogs or hikes. This will kill two birds with one stone by providing these dogs both exercise and the interaction they crave.

Shedding and Grooming

These dogs do shed a good amount. Regular brushing can help eliminate excess hair and reduce the amount that ends up around the house. The Entle’s coat is naturally shiny and they do not need frequent baths.

It is also very important to clean the Entlebucher’s floppy ears quite regularly. They are prone to infection.

Ideal Home Environment

This breed is not a popular pet, but can be a fun companion for those that want a striking, athletic partner. They work best for families that don’t mind energetic dogs that can be quite pushy. Although smaller than many mountain dogs, these are no teacup poodles!

If you decide to get and Entlebucher, provide them with copious amounts of activity or preferably a job. It will make them much happier and easier to manage.

Health Concerns

This breed is generally quite healthy, despite a short lifespan. That said, they can quite easily become overweight. It is important to monitor their fitness and make sure that they are consuming reasonable portions of healthy foods.

Other problems include joint pain, eye difficulties later in life, and urinary tract issues.

Behavior Problems

This breed can be a handful, because of their energetic and enthusiastic nature. They may pull on the lead, push young children around, or knock over household items. Early obedience training can help, but it is most important to keep the occupied.

Some Entles also nip. This is probably a relic of the days when they used to chase cattle. This problem is generally at its most pronounced if the dogs are not given enough activity and outlet for their herding instincts. Urban herding (Treibball) is a great way to help satisfy their instincts to herd.