Origin and Purpose: The smallest of the group of swiss mountain dogs, which include the Bernese Mountain Dog, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Historically used in Switzerland to drive cattle up alpine mountain slopes to summer grazing then drive them down at end of season.
General Appearance: Medium size, Must be strong and muscular, agile and quick. Tail docked or natural. Body longer than height.
Height: Males 17-21 inches, females 16-20 inches.
Weight: Males 50-65 lbs, females 40-55 lbs
Coat: Tricoloured (black, tan and white) basic colour is black with tan points and white feet, must be double coated, top coat is harsh, tight and shiny.
Temperament: Lively and playful, intelligent and easy to train. Very active, strong, and confident and protective of family and property. Good companion dog. Good dog for walkers and joggers. Good dog in a family.
Activity: Prefers to be busy and active. Intelligent herding dog. Might not be a good choice for sedentary individuals. Highly energetic and does not hunt.
Training: As well as being a herding dog he is also a guardian so early training and proper socialization is necessary. This breed can excel in obedience, and other athletic events. Crate training is encouraged.
Coat Care: Easy care, low maintenance, brush regularly, stays naturally clean, bathe when necessary.
Feeding: Use a quality food, raw or kibble, will do well on either and feed adults twice daily.