Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breeds
Height at the withers: Males 44 – 50 cm, Females 42 – 48 cm
Average weight: Males 25.5 – 30.0 kg, Females 25.5 – 30.0 kg
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is smaller than their other Swiss mountain dog cousins, however, they boast having the same luxurious tricolour coats. They are nicely proportioned dogs with slightly wedge-shaped heads. Their muzzles and almost parallel to their skulls which are broadest between a dog’s ears. They have a slight furrow and stop. Their lips are tight and black with dogs boasting a large, black nose. Eyes are round and moderately large being anything from a hazel to dark brown in colour and nice black rims. Entlebuchers always have an alert, keen expression in their eyes which adds to their overall endearing appeal.
Their ears are set high and moderately large being pendulous and triangular shaped. They are wider at the base and have a nicely rounded tip with dogs carrying them close to their heads when at rest, but slightly raised and forward when they are alert or excited. They boast having a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones, although a level bite is acceptable.
Their necks are moderately long, well-muscled and strong merging nicely into a dog’s long, strong and sloping, muscular shoulders. Front legs are strong, straight and well boned. They have well developed, broad forechests and well sprung ribs with briskets that fall nicely down to the elbow. Bellies are slightly tucked up adding to a dog’s athletic appearance. Their backs are level and broad, with dogs having well-muscled loins.
Hindquarters are strong with dogs having a long, broad and gently sloping croup and nicely developed first and second thighs. Back legs are powerful and strong with dogs having compact, round feet with well arched toes and nice thick pads. Tails are set high and have a white tip, although some dogs can have naturally bobbed tails. When the tail is long, the Entlebucher carries it down when at rest but higher when on the move.
When it comes to their coat, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog boasts having a double coat that consists of short, tight, harsh and glossy outer coat and a dense undercoat. The hair on a dog’s withers and along their backs can be slightly wavy. The accepted breed colour is as follows:
It is worth noting that the accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration can differ from those set out in the breed standard which are as follows:
- Tricolour with the predominant colour being black with dogs having symmetrical tan markings along with well-defined white markings in their coats
Entlebuchers have tan markings above their eyes, on their cheeks, on their muzzles and on either side of their chests as well as on all four legs. The tan markings on a dog’s legs are found between the black and white in a dog’s coat. Their white markings are well-defined with dogs having a distinct white blaze that runs from the top of the head over the bridge of a dog’s nose which can totally or partially cover the muzzle with it being from under the jaw to the chest. Dogs have white on all 4 feet and a white tip to their tails. They can have a small white patch on their necks which is tolerated but not very desirable under the Kennel Club breed standard.
When an Entlebucher Mountain Dog moves, they do so with an easy and free gait showing plenty of drive in their hindquarters.
The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.
Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is only given as a guideline.
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