Routine Care: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are large, smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored.
Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a large working breed, confident and devoted. They are also a sweet and easy-going family companion.
• An excellent companion, family, or working dog
• Eager to please and responsive to training
• Good watchdog with a loud bark
• Energetic, active, and athletic
• Outgoing and friendly personality
• Trusting and affectionate
• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
• Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
• May have a tendency to bark excessively
• Strong herding instinct can lead to chasing cars and small animals
• Doesn't do well in the heat
• Can be difficult to housetrain
Whether you are considering adding a new Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Greater Swiss Mountain Dog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog could encounter:
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the oldest and largest of the Swiss working dogs. They were brought to the Alps of Switzerland over 2000 years ago by the Romans. The Swissy is a multipurpose farm dog originally bred to herd cattle, pull carts, and serve as a watchdog. Due to their great strength and size they were nicknamed “the poor man’s horse.” They are a social dog that craves attention from their family and can be dependent on them. The Swissy is gentle with children, happy, and playful.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog shows signs of the following:
Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
General reluctance to run or play
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Urine leakage when sleeping or lying down
Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button