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Entlebuch Cattle Dog

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Entlebuch Cattle Dog

The smallest of the Swiss mountain and cattle dogs

Original name: Entlebucher Sennenhund

Other Names: Entlebucher

Type: Lupoid

Male size: 17½-19¾ inches (up to 20 ½ inches tolerated)

Female size: 16½-19 inches (up to 19¾ inches tolerated)

Degree of grooming


Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs


Countries of origin Switzerland

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As well as their traditional aptitude as indefatigable herders, Entlebuch Cattle Dogs are now also recognized for their outstanding qualities as utility dogs. While the population remains small, these attractive tricolored dogs are becoming increasingly popular as family dogs.

Traditionally utilized to drive and guard livestock, and watch over the farmstead, nowadays Entlebuchers are recognized as versatile utility dogs and friendly family dogs.These compact, slightly rectangular dogs, which only barely qualify as medium-sized, have the same tricolor coat as other Swiss mountain and cattle dogs. Very agile and active, with an open, alert and gentle expression.


Entlebuch Cattle Dog In a few words :

  • Head

    In good proportion to the body. Slightly wedge-shaped and lean.


  • Body

    Strong and slightly elongated.


  • Coat

    Typically tricolored, with tan (yellow to brownish red) and white markings on a black foundation. The marking should be as symmetrical as possible.


  • Ears

    Set high, not too large, but relatively broad and drooping.


  • Tail

    Naturally long and set in a flowing line with the croup or naturally short.


  • Hair

    Double coat with short, well fitting, harsh and shiny topcoat and dense undercoat.



Entlebuchers are one of the smallest of the four Swiss mountain and cattle dogs, originating in the Entlebuch valley spanning the cantons of Lucerne and Berne. An Entlibucher dog was first described in 1889, but for a long period no distinction was made between an Appenzeller and an Entlebucher. Four short-tailed subjects were shown to professor Albert Heim, the great promoter of Swiss mountain and cattle dogs, in Langenthal in 1913. The judge’s reports were enough to earn them a registration in the Swiss stud book (L.O.S.) as a fourth Swiss mountain and cattle dog breed. The first standard was not published until 1927, after the formation on August 16, 1926 of the breed club, initiated by Dr. B. Kobler, to promote pure breeding. The breed developed fairly slowly, as shown by the limited number of L.O.S. registrations.