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History of the Entlebucher

The Entlebucher is the smallest of the four Swiss Breeds.  He originates from Entlebuch, a valley spanning the cantons of Lucerne and Bern.  The first description under the name Entlebucherhund dates from the year 1889, but for a considerable time afterwards, no difference was made between the Appenzell and Entlebuch Cattle Dogs.  In 1913, four examples of this small herding dog with congenital bobtails were exhibited at a show in Langenthal, and introduced to Professor Albert Heim, that great patron of all Swiss breeds.  On account of the judges' reports, the Entlebucherhunds were entered into the Swiss Canine Stud Book (SHSB) as the fourth Mountain and Cattledog breed; however, the first Standard was only completed in 1927.  Some time after August 1926, the month the Swiss Club of Entlebuch Cattle Dogs was founded, this breed was promoted and continued as pure breed.  As there were small numbers of entries in the SHSB shows, the breed developed quite slowly.  The Entlebuch Cattle Dog received renewed interest when, apart from his hereditary qualities as a lively, tireless driving dog, his outstanding suitability as a utility and companion dog was proven.  Today, still on a modest scale, this attractive tri-coloured dog has found his admirers and enjoys popularity as a family dog. 

Ch. Xella-Excella v. Kornried
Ch. Great Earl of Duke v. Adhem

Qualities of the Entlebucher

Lively, high spirited, self-assured, and fearless, the Entlebucher is an all-around performer.  With his good temper and devotion towards people familiar to him, he not only excels, but enjoys protecting his companions.  While slightly suspicious of strangers, he soon warms up to those unfamiliar to him.  Always cheerful and capable of learning, he sometimes finds himself getting into mischief.  Whether running an agility course, herding cows and sheep, going for long hikes, or just lounging around the house, the Entlebucher is truly a "do everything" dog.


Breed Standard

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