Greater Swiss Mountain Dog review

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs thrive on your companionship, though their determination to jump up into your face, shove their body against your leg, or slap a massive paw into your lap can be disconcerting.

This vigilant watchdog will sound off in a loud, deep voice to announce visitors -- or simply to let you know that your neighbor has stepped outdoors. Most Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are friendly with guests, but some are more wary, and some are shy, spooky, or aggressive. Early and ongoing socialization is essential to develop a stable Swissy.


Many Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without early careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to aggression or shyness.


Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a lovely nature, but they are not pushovers to raise and train. Some Swissys are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. To teach your Swissy to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. Read more about Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Training.


The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was designed as a draft dog and was often referred to as “the poor man's horse.” They are serious dogs who still enjoy pulling carts and sleds, but have grown to be faithful family companions. They are fiercely loyal to their families and require constant companionship to be happy. Families with children may shy away from such a large dog, but the Swissy gets along well with kids of all ages. Small children should be supervised, as they can easily get knocked down by an excited Swissy, but the dog never means to harm. They are alert watchdogs, letting everyone in a three-block radius know that a stranger is approaching, but they are not aggressive guard dogs and can be trusted to be polite to house guests, once properly introduced.


The Swissy was designed to pull carts in the Swiss Alps. They are strong and rugged, and need lots of exercise, but don't require a lot of running to be happy. Several long walks will suffice, and putting a backpack on him will make him feel purposeful on strolls through the neighborhood. In winter time, hooking him up to a sled to pull kids around the yard will keep a Swissy busy for hours.

Swiss Mountain Dogs are far too large and rambunctious to live in an apartment or condominium. They need lots of space to move, and their extended puppyhood gives them a “bull in a China shop” reputation.


The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a very devoted family dog. This breed loves being a part of the family and will also be good as a watch dog because of their protective nature. However, even being protective, they are friendly if the family seems friendly with the person and not threatened. Plus, this breed is great to have with children because they are extremely gentle. Family pets will be treated kindly, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog will often do well with other dogs.


The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was developed in Switzerland as an all-purpose farm dog. They were needed as draft dogs to pull heavy carts, as drover dogs to move herds of dairy cattle, as watchdogs, and also as family companions. They are thought to be one of the oldest of the Swiss breeds, and their ancestors played a key role in the development of the Rottweiler and the St. Bernard.

Kathryn Newton

my "moochie" has just turned 9 and is still going strong, no signs of slowing down.....a great dog...despite her obsession with food

da Moufle

I have a 17 months one at home, very good dog indeed. He eats a lot lot of strange things like socks, penties, sponges, but that's always come out in a way or another, so we just have to watch out not to let things hang too much, but the dog handle that well so ...

Kathryn Newton

Strong, agile and hard-working, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is well-suited to a wide variety of tasks. Affectionately known as the Swissy, this breed of dog is particularly exuberant and friendly with the people it knows best. Owners often tell stories of how their Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs will greet them with bouncing affection and joy.


The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, powerful animal. The coat is a striking tricolor black, red, and white. The head and muzzle typically have a white marking, setting off a sweet expression. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is sociable, active, calm, and dignified, and loves being part of the family. He is calm and easygoing, very gentle with children as well as other pets. On the farm, they can use in guarding and herding livestock and pulling carts loaded with milk and cheeses.

Positive reviews


Calm and steady, yet bold and athletic, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog doesn't need hours of hard running, but he definitely needs regular moderate exercise. Pulling a cart or sled is a productive outlet for his energy, especially when children are involved. (However, don't expect him to be a babysitter!)

Roz Flax Sokol Pindyck

The best dog ever. So great with the children from the day they were born. We are saddened as our sons beloved Swissy Kimba has to be put down due in terminal cancer and complications from this April(I think she would be 8ys old. Our heart are broken for the family and for KIMBA .We love you so very much RIP.

Marianne Thomson

We love our South African Swissy girl from Latvia, Ava, to bits. At fifteen months she is still a very big baby who would love to sit on your lap - but she weighs 47 kg. What a lovely temperament

Chris Spike M Milligan

Ours lived until 12.5 years old. Had to put him down as he had lymphoma and his organs started failing. If you want a big dog that's very loyal and can be trusted around kids then the great Swiss mountain dog is the Best.

Hunter Moore

i really loved this review! also like you humor haha Beautiful dog

The Canine Nutritionist

 Beautiful dog