Entlebuch mountain dog

Other names: Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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The Entlebuch Bouvier is a medium-sized dog with a compact and slightly elongated body and a tricolor coat. A characteristic that he shares with most breeds of Swiss Cattle Dogs. Very mobile, the Entlebuch Bouvier is also distinguished by its expression full of frankness, alertness and gentleness.



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Hair type Short
Origin Swiss
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 24 kg From 42 cm to 48 cm
Male From 20 kg to 28 kg From 44 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The Entlebuch Bouvier is the smallest breed among all those of Swiss herdsmen . It owes its name to its region of origin, Entlebuch, which corresponds to a valley stretching over the cantons of Lucerne and Bern in Switzerland. The Entlebuch Bouvier was first described in 1889. It has long been confused with the Appenzell Bouvier . The first dogs of the breed to be exhibited were by Albert Heim in 1913, during the Langenthal dog show.

A first standard was developed in 1927, the year following the creation of the Swiss Bouvier de l’Enlebuch Club. Today it is used more and more as a general-purpose utility dog and as a companion dog . The Entlebuch Bouvier breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on July 28, 1954.

Physical features

His hair: short, well laid, hard to the touch and with a very shiny appearance. Associated with a dense undercoat.
Its color: tricolor, like all Swiss mountain dogs. Black background with tan and white markings. The undercoat is dark gray to brownish in color.
His head: well proportioned and dry. The skull is rather flat and broad. The nose is black and slightly exceeds the rounded lips, the muzzle powerful and well chiseled.
His ears: set high, rather broad at their base, with well-developed auricular cartilage. Carried close to the cheeks when the dog is at rest, slightly raised and facing forward when he is awake.
His eyes: relatively small in size, dark brown to nutty, rounded in shape, displaying an alert and friendly expression.
His body: robust constitution, slightly elongated. The back is straight, firm, broad and rather long, the lumbar region solid and supple, the croup rather long and a little sloping, the chest wide and well let down.
Its tail: attached in the continuity of the line of the croup, slightly inclined, naturally hanging or carried at the height of the back, even slightly higher.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Entlebuch Bouvier is a dog full of vivacity , joie de vivre , self-assured and courageous . Gentle and loyal to members of his family, he is nevertheless much more reserved, even suspicious of people he does not know . In this, associated with its vigilance, the Entlebuch Bouvier is a good watchdog .

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The Entlebuch Mountain Dog needs a firm , but consistent education very early on. In other words, it must be managed with as much authority as gently. This is a dog who likes to learn and to please his master . In addition, he is naturally focused on work. His taste for exercises and games should therefore be exploited in his education.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Entlebuch Bouvier is made to stay active and free . A house with a large enclosed garden , where he can express his instinct as a guardian and move at will, therefore suits him perfectly. In town, he must be sufficiently walked and stimulated. He needs a master who is available , but when he lives in good conditions, he tolerates his absence quite well for a few hours a day.


Ease of gaining weight

The Entlebuch Bouvier is a robust and resistant dog. He enjoys solid health as long as he receives proper care. Its double coat offers it a fairly good protection against cold and humidity. There is no particular predisposition to any disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 8 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Bouvier de l’Enlebuch dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Bouvier de l’Enlebuch is, on average, between 10 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Entlebuch Bouvier only requires basic maintenance , with regular brushing and systematic examination of the pads , eyes and inside of the ears to detect possible deposits of debris.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . During the moult, it should be brushed at least every other day using a comb with double row of metal teeth.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
€ 2,500

The purchase price of a Bouvier de l’Enlebuch is between € 1,200 and € 2,500.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Entlebuch Mountain Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Entlebuch Mountain Dog needs a lot of exercise to get active . His heritage as a working dog means that he cannot be satisfied with brief outings. Long daily walks are necessary for its balance.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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