Great Swiss Mountain Dog

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The GSMD or Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund is the largest one among the Swiss mountain dogs. They are typical draft dog who love farm chores, pulling carts, sleds and children. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoy being a part of a family.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, strong, muscular, draft dog. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The front legs are straight and strong with rounded, compact feet. The color of the eyes may vary from hazel to chestnut. Their expression is attentive and intelligent.

GSMD has a beautiful tri-color double coat (black with rich rust and white markings). Symmetrical markings are preferred. The tip of the tail, a blaze on the muzzle and a large marking on the chest are white, a white collar or patches on the neck are permitted.


Black with bright, symmetrical russet and white markings.


Stiff and short. This is an easy groom dog, regular brushing will due. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

Prone to bloat and hip dysplasia. Many GSMDs have distichiasis, a condition in which extra eyelashes grow along the edge of the eyelid. These extra lashes can curl inward and scratch the eye. Though the condition may not pose any problem, it sometimes requires surgical correction.


The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is steady, watchful and protective, but not aggressive. These dogs are loyal, willing and loves to please, they are excellent with children. This dog needs to be a part of the family and prefers to be with his people all the time.

Generally they can get along well with family and other pets and are not generally dog aggressive. They should be introduced to newcomers, since they are territorial, but will quickly warm up to those the family accepts. This is an excellent, courageous, alert watchdog who will bark at strange noises and intruders. They are slow to mature, both physically and mentally. “Puppyhood” may last 2-3 years.

Living Environment:

They will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They prefer cool climates. A small yard is sufficient.