The sweet, smart, and hard-working Swissy has a small but loyal following.

Vital Stats

Height: 23.5 to 28.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 85 to 140 pounds (males average 122 pounds, females average 97 pounds)
Coat: short and dense
Life span: 7 to 9 years

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was developed to be an all-around working dog, herding cattle, pulling carts, and standing guard.

These days, the Swissy enjoys life as a family pet, but because of his working heritage, he enjoys being busy. This powerful breed excels in all sorts of dog sports, from agility to weight pulling. Full Greater Swiss Mountain Dog profile on

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