Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 11in - 2ft 5in
Weight: 85-140lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Information

Greater Swiss Mountain DogImmensely strong but also agile and quick, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog stands tall at up to 28.5 inches and can weigh as much as a human. Their coat is a dynamic combination of black, red and white, creating a distinctive look.

As its name implies, the breed originates from Switzerland and was used as a herding and guard dog due to its substantial build and great intelligence. The breed loves being part of a family and is faithful and dependable. Just remember to brush their lustrous coats twice a week and provide a moderate level of exercise.

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Breed FAQs

Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs be apartment dogs?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs be left alone?

While Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with kids?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs friendly with strangers?

Although Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs get along with other dogs?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shed a lot?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs need a lot of grooming?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs need a lot of exercise?

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs easy to train?

Typically, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs handle cold weather?

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs handle hot weather?

Although Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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