Great Swiss Mountain Dog

KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The largest of the Swiss Mountain herders, the Great Swiss is rather like a short-coated Bernese. It often worked in pairs, pulling carts of milk to cheesemakers and to market, and also moved cattle and acted as a watchdog on farms.


Attractive to ...

Milkmaids and milkmen.

Not the best for ...

Someone that likes a dog to switch off at home. Swissies, like many dogs – and especially those with a history of protection – are vigilant and alert to anything unusual. Great if you want to be notified of an intruder in your garden, but maybe not if that intruder is actually a bird or a fox, or a vehicle has driven past your road and the chap at number 12 is cutting his hedge...


GSMD, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Swissy, Swissie

Cross between





People will amusingly say "You should put a saddle on it!"

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

10 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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