Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is that they are steady, watchful, protective, willing, loving, loyal, adoring, good with children, courageous, and slow to mature.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is great with family and great for children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is around 10 to 11 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to bloat, hip dysplasia, entropion, epilepsy, and digestive disorders.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with lots of patience and lots of love. Shedding is average, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. This breed of dog likes to be outdoors during the day but likes to sleep inside at night. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay around $2,000+ for each dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is rarely aggressive unless they are protecting something.

Noise Factor

These dogs make for good watchdogs and guard dogs, even though they do tend to bark at strange noises (things that go "bump" in the night...) and at people.

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