Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Greater Swiss Mountain Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSwitzerland flagSwitzerland
Other Names
What other names does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have?
SwissyGreat Swiss Mountain DogGrosser Schweizer SennenhundLarge Swiss Mountain DogGreat Swiss Cattle DogBouvier Suisse
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
$2000-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? How many Greater Swiss Mountain Dog are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Size

Size
Is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog weigh? How much should the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
130-135 pounds (59-61 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
132.5 pounds (60 kg)
Height
How tall is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog height:
23.5-28.5 (60-72 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
23.5-28.5 (66 cm)

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's coat?
WhiteRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and how often?
Effortless: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Swissy?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Greater Swiss Mountain Dog every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertFearlessProtectiveDevotedGood-naturedSelfishConfidence
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? Is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog a good family dog?
Average to High: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Swissy need? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog social needs:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Swissy bark?
Low to Average: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Swissy? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? How much bite force does a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog do?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Greater Swiss Mountain Dog roam?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have high prey drive?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be left alone?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog temperament with other people:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog temperament with children:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed live with a cat?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs get along with other dogs?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good office dogs? Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs be office dogs?
No
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Swissy temperament with senior people? Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed? Most common health risks of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog:
BloatEpilepsyDigestive ProblemsHip DysplasiaDistichiasis
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog see the vet?
Average
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs live? How old can a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be? What is the age limit of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? How many years can the oldest Greater Swiss Mountain Dog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? What is the activity level of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog need? How much exercise do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs require per day?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed need?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? How much food should I feed my Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog drool?
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a boat dog?

Not really

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have in a litter? How many puppies can the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? How many puppies can a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog give birth to?
5-10 puppies

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed?
American Canine Association, Inc.American Canine RegistryAmerican Pet Registry, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.National Kennel Club

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed in the home.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Styx

    Sep 8, 2021, 3:49:06 AM:

    The stuff about shedding is so inaccurate, it’s not completely bad you just have to keep up with it weekly or bi weekly perhaps. The hair gets freaking everywhere, and it is a pain. Just warning you, the article made it seem like no maintenance at alley

  • Jules

    Dec 30, 2020, 8:53:54 PM:

    I have a Swissy and he’s a great farm dog. Just going to add they are slow to mature and hard to house break. You have to be patient and understand they can be stubborn and have selective hearing.