The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, also known as the Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher Cattle Dog, originated in Switzerland where they were used as herding and guardian dogs. They are one of the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dog breeds that also include the Appenzeller Sennenhund, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and also go by their nickname, 'Entle.' The breed name 'Sennenhund' refers to the Senn, herders located in the Swiss Alps, and 'Entlebucher' refers to Entlebuch, a valley in Switzerland.
Entlebucher Sennenhunds are a compact, muscular breed that is known for their herding skills. Their coat is a thick, dense undercoat with a shiny overcoat that can be black or tri-colored. Their eyes are oval-shaped, moderately-sized, and dark brown. The ears are small and triangular-shaped. The muzzle is moderately-sized, proportionate, and the nose is black. Their tail has a moderate-long length.
Known for being good-natured and devoted to their families, Entlebuchers are protective, energetic, and trustworthy. However, they can be suspicious and aloof towards strangers. Like most active herding breeds, they require plenty of regular activity and training. With proper socialization and training, they can be a great family working dog. They can get along with children and other dogs, but young Entlebuchers can begin to be possessive and herd children by nipping at their heels. The breed can be especially overwhelming to small children, therefore, supervision is recommended.