The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (or Swissy) is a big dog with a big heart. They love being around people and are extremely affectionate. If you’re looking for a “gentle giant,” look no further.
While this breed doesn’t need a ton of exercise, they do need tons of space and aren’t good in apartments, condos or kennels unless they have a regularly scheduled playtime. Take them outside for consistent long walks and they’ll be happy as a clam in any situation. Take them for a run in the park and they’ll be over the moon.
Swissys aren’t heavy shedders, but they tend to drool and may make a bit of a mess because of sheer size.
Barking and Volume:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a low, powerful bark, but only really use it around strangers or when they feel they need to alert their owners to something. Because of this, they make great guard dogs.
One-on-one training works best with this breed. Not only are they eager to please, they’re also sweet tempered. A puppy class should do the trick.
Health Factors: Because of inbreeding, these pups can be prone to various genetic disorders, including epilepsy and digestive disorders. They can also suffer from hip dysplasia and bloat. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training will do.
Despite their size, Swissys require minimal grooming. Their shorthaired coat sheds heavily in the spring and fall and requires only occasional brushing and bathing the rest of the time.
A big kid at heart, this breed loves to be around children. They love to cuddle and relax and will enjoy playing games, including fetch. They should be supervised around smaller children because they could accidentally cause injury.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Devoted and sweet, this breed is usually good around all types of animals, including pets who are smaller than they are. They may want to playfight, which is one of the only reasons to keep your eyes on them in off-leash settings.
Friendliness Towards People:
A lover not a hater, this breed enjoys interacting with people and are not aggressive but they’re happiest in situations where they know the people around them.
BE PREPARED FOR:
A big dog (with a big heart) who can also be trained to protect your home and family.