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Swiss Mountain Dog Art

Swiss Mountain Dogs are also known as "Sennenhunds", or "dogs of the Senn". The names Senn / Senner refer to herdsman and dairymen in the Swiss alpine regions. A sennelager is an alpine meadow. They may have arrived in this region in Roman times or before.

These dogs are medium to very large in size, with a heavy build, and they have a calm temperament. These working dogs had several tasks:

  • general farm dogs
  • herding dogs, herding cattle and sheep
  • guard dogs, guarding people, homes, and livestock
  • carting dogs, larger breeds can pull carts

There are four different breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs. They differ in heights and weights, but they all have a distinctive tri-color coat (black, brown and white). These breeds are as follows:

  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund)
  • Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund)
  • Appenzeller (Appenzeller Sennenhund)
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Entlebucher Sennenhund)

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