Great Swiss Mountain Dog breed information, pictures and more...

Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, Great Swiss Cattle Dog


AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group VI.: Scenthounds and Related Breeds, TKC Working
Dogs 23-28 inches (58-71 cm)
Bitches 23-27 inches (58-69 cm)
Dogs 130-135 pounds (59-61 kg)
Bitches 85-110 pounds (39-50 kg)
10-12 years
4 to 8

The GSMD or Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund is the largest one among the Swiss mountain dogs. They are typical draft dog who love farm chores, pulling carts, sleds and children. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoy being a part of a family.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, strong, muscular, draft dog. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The front legs are straight and strong with rounded, compact feet. The color of the eyes may vary from hazel to chestnut. Their expression is attentive and intelligent.

GSMD has a beautiful tri-color double coat (black with rich rust and white markings). Symmetrical markings are preferred. The tip of the tail, a blaze on the muzzle and a large marking on the chest are white, a white collar or patches on the neck are permitted.


Black with bright, symmetrical russet and white markings.


Stiff and short. This is an easy groom dog, regular brushing will due. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

Prone to bloat and hip dysplasia. Many GSMDs have distichiasis, a condition in which extra eyelashes grow along the edge of the eyelid. These extra lashes can curl inward and scratch the eye. Though the condition may not pose any problem, it sometimes requires surgical correction. Some lines have incidences of epilepsy and digestive disorders. To minimize the risk of your GSMD developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable breeder.

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