meet theGreater Swiss Mountain Dog


Training &Temperament

Owners should be patient with house training; dogs may grasp the concept in a few weeks, but it can take many months for them to become reliable. Daily exercise is necessary, but should be moderate due to their large size and dark, thick coat, which can cause them to overheat in high temperatures. It is important for a GSMD to have regular exercise. Given the dog's substantial size, structure and body type, however, moderation is definitely called for. Intense, high-impact activities —like chasing after a bicycle—are definitely a bad idea for a breed such as this, and owners should be especially cautious that young dogs with rapidly developing skeletal structures are not overworked or overexerted. Be sure to discuss appropriate exercise levels for your growing Swissy with your breeder and your veterinarian. As multi-purpose working dogs, Swissies thrive on having a job to do. There are many different activities that GSMDs may enjoy with their owners when they are sufficiently mature, including hiking, carting, obedience trials, herding, weight pulling, and backpacking. It is essential that GSMD puppies receive extensive socialization, allowing them to be comfortable and confident in a wide variety of situations.

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Did You Know?

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a relatively new AKC breed, fully recognized in 1995.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America formed in 1968 with the express purpose of obtaining AKC recognition.

The Greater Swiss is one of four types of Sennenhund breeds developed in Switzerland as a herding, guard, and utilitarian draft dog.

The Greater Swiss breed was resuscitated in the early 1900's by famous dog expert, Dr. Albert Heim of Zurich.

The Greater Swiss is the AKC's 137th breed.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was introduced in the United States when J. Frederick and Patricia Hoffman saw the breed at a show in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1967. The following year the Hoffmans, along with Perrin G. Rademacher, imported the first Swissy into this country.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black, White & Red 362
Blue White & Tan 260
Red & White 146


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code