Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are alert, intelligent, and usually gentle. They like to participate in dog sports such as carting or drafting, herding, tracking, agility, rally and standard obedience as sport, or by being hiking companions. This helps them to receive physical and mental stimulation whilst also strengthening their family bond. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are also known to bond with people by serving in search and rescue and animal-assisted therapy.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are thought to be good watchdogs because of their tendency to bark and be wary with strangers. However, to minimize the development of any fear-based defensive aggression socialisation is recommended from an early age.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog History:
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large stocky dog, the largest of the Swiss herding breeds, believed to have been descended from the Asian Mastiff, which was brought to central Europe by Romans in the First Century BC.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are excellent herding and guard dogs. They are thought to be ancestors of the St. Bernard and the Rottweiler. The popularity of the St. Bernard are the beginning of the 20th century almost caused the extinction of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs today are considered to be a relatively rare breed around the world.
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