The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog comes from the most remote areas of Switzerland and was first used for guarding, herding and livestock management. It was thought that he became extinct in the late 19th century as other dogs took over his work, but he reappeared in the early 1900s.

He can take ages to train so you need patience. He enjoys carting, hiking, pulling weights and backpacking with his owners. His dense, short coat is black and has white and rust markings. He needs daily exercise but not too much as his thick coat can make him overheat when it’s warm. He needs brushing twice a week. His height is 23.5 – 28.5 inches.