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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
Other Names
What other names does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Swissy
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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.
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog price:
$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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog weigh? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog weight:
130-135 pounds (59-61 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog average height:
23.5-28.5 (66 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? What does this canine coat 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 Great Swiss Mountain Dog? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog shedding level:
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 covered by dog hair. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertFearlessProtectiveDevotedGood-naturedSelfishConfidence
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? Are they intelligent?
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 for 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.
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?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as 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?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Great Swiss Mountain Dog 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? 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?
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.
Territorial
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their 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 Great Swiss Mountain Dog? 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.)
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 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?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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 ofiice 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 Great Swiss Mountain Dog temperament with senior people? Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
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.
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?
No
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs have health problems?
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Greater Swiss Mountain Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog be?
10-12 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?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this 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 this fido 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.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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 for 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 minimal 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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 for 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.
  • 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: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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