Not much to report: the sleek coat needs a weekly brushing, and that’s all.
This lively, active, persistent, self-assured and determined breed is loyal and protective of family, but may be reserved with strangers. Entles are an active, high energy & physical breed, with above average exercise requirements, so they are not a dog for the casual owner. Entlebuchers do best when they have a job. Their smooth, short coat requires minimal upkeep.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 11to 13 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush is recommended as well as the occasional bath to keep their coats clean and healthy. Grooming time is an excellent time to bond with your Entle. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their long ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Entlebuchers are bright, intensely loyal, and protective of their four- and two-legged “herds.” Like other herders, they take naturally to watchdog duty and are independent problem solvers. When properly socialized, they’re trustworthy roughhousing pals for older kids. Entles are energetic dogs who need lots of exercise, family time, and firm leadership. Inexperienced owners might be overwhelmed by this strong and self-confident herding dog eager for work. They’re great dogs—clever, zesty, affectionate—but not for everyone.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Entlebucher Mountain Dog can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.