It’s Thursday and that means Best Bully Stick’s Breed Spotlight. This week we continue with our six part series of the newly registered AKC breeds.  So far we’ve look at the Cesky Terrier, the American English Coonhound and the Xoloitzcuintli. This week we look at the short and strong Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

History & Background: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a part of larger breed of dogs called the Sennenhund breed.  Coming from a Swiss background, this dog is used to move cows from pasture to pasture. As the name suggest, this breed originated in Entlebuch.

Height: 17 -21 inches (male), 16-20 inches (female)

Weight: 45-65 pounds

Coat: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a double coat. The topcoat is short, close fitting, hard and shiny.  The undercoat tends to be thick with varying colors.

Color: This breed is tri-colored with the basic color being black.  Tan markings are usually above the eyes, on cheeks, muzzle, sides of the chest, under the tail and on the legs. White accents usually appear on the forehead, bridge of the nose, on the feet and tail.

Appearance: The Entlebucher is medium-sized, compact, and well muscled.  This dog has small triangular ears and small brown eyes.

Temperament: Because this dog is a working dog, this breed should be socialized early in life with other dogs and people.  The Entlebucher is neither shy nor vicious, is very active and requires lots of exercise. This dog is very loyal to its owners, highly intelligent and makes a great companion.

Health: Inbreeding was common for the Entlebucher because of a small foundation stock number, which led to health problems such as hip dysplasia.  Retinal Atrophy can be present in this breed as well.

Product Suggestions: The Entlebucher is going to love our Elk Antlers.  They are extremely durable chews that this tenacious breed will spend hours on.  West Paw Design Dog Toys offers nearly indestructible toys that even the Entlebucher will have a hard time getting though.

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