Amongst the loyal family pets, Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are marked on top in passionate bonding with family and their diversity of applications. General behavior of this dog is very polite and harmless to the children and with other family pets. They own the home, its farmyard and other household objects and prove themselves as an alert watch dog and guard dog as well. They wish to be the part of the family and remain involve in all activities. Besides of their polite and bold behavior, they are quick reactant as well. They are capable of sensing any unusual change in environment like odd smells, sounds, unidentified movements and will bark at, to provide warning alarm to family members. These can be applied as sniffer dogs, detectors, military dog as well as watchdogs, guarding herds and carting in mountain regions.
The Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are heavy physical structured strong muscled dogs. Their incredible strength makes them more suitable for long distance carting in comparison with other breeds of this class. Despite of their larger structure, they are still capable of performing all outdoor and internal duties and tasks as of the smaller pets in the mountain areas.
The origin of Greater Swiss Mountain dog is considered as the Alps of the Switzerland, where this breed is said to be the one out of four Sennenhund breeds. It is considered that this breed has been derived from Roman Mastiff-type dogs, brought and developed in the remote valleys of Switzerland about 2000 years ago. In the late 19th century, it was assumed that greater Swiss mountain dogs are completely vanished from earth because of development of machinery and other pet breeds who took over the job of this dog. However, this breed is rediscovered by Dr. Albert Heim during a dog show in 1908 whilst judging the competition. He was an expert of Sennenhund breed. He recognized the dog as old Greater Swiss Mountain dog and wanted to preserve this breed. His encouragement to breeders and personnel interest brought the breed into existence. The Greater Swiss Mountain dogs were brought to USA in 1967 for the first time and were recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1995. Even having multiple applications the breed is still rarely found even in Switzerland.
The Greater Swiss Mountain dogs has strong affection to the people and children and is very enthusiastic but without aggression. The ability to sense strange sounds, smells and other phenomenon make them a very useful watchdog. Their sense of recognition is very strong and they will bark at strangers entering in the farm. They can also remember the person, who has been introduced and accepted by the family members previously. They love to be the part of the household activities. They need plenty of space for exercise; therefore, they will not be happy in confined spaces. They take care of children and play with them as well as with other pets. They are more suitable for farmhouses with livestock of other animals. They can be trained to any level of obedience to exercise good control. Healthy physique make them able to rush and catch therefore, they are good chasers. Training is required to save the neighbor’s cat or other pet of nearby farms because they have slight territorial nature.
The Greater Swiss Mountain dogs need care and training in their early time. As a puppy, it may have quite boisterous behavior. Excessive chewing and barking can be reduced by training. They need company all the time otherwise they will get bored and will be engaged in destructive activities. Usually they will eat everything eatable or not. The rate of maturity of mind and body is slow at early stages and will take approximately three years to be mature enough. During this time training is more important to make them know good and bad by planned activities.
Owner Should Know
Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are active and socialized dogs and need wide spaces for their activities therefore they are not suitable for apartment/flat livings. They are suitable for farmhouses, livestock sheds and fenced houses having larger areas.
Swissy is usually called “poor’s horse’ for their use of work dog.
Swissy is observed as temperature sensitive and cannot afford high temperatures. Air conditioned or well ventilated place is needed. Do not plan activities in hot weathers but also wait until it cools down.
Although swissy is gentle with kids, however, his large size structure may harm babies. Supervision during activity including kids is mandatory.
As these dogs are territorial natured, they will chase other pets of neighbor’s farm. To make them safe keep the farm area fenced or keep the dog leashed in your absent. Training can help as well in this regards.
Seek for reputed and trusted breeder to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.
The breed is rare, it could take time to find puppy of this breed, so be patience for original Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.