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Fossil evidence indicates that dogs were domesticated around 14,000 years ago, however, some researchers believe dogs could have been domesticated 100,000 years ago, or even before.
Wolf bones have been found with human fossils dating back to 100,000 years ago; Some theorize that the dog’s DNA was indistinguishable from wolves at that time.
In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man. – Maurice Maeterlinck, “Our Friend, The Dog”
Brought to Switzerland by the Romans some 2,000 years ago, the Entlebucher Sennenhund hails from the Entlebuch valley in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The name Sennenhund means “dog of the Alpine herdsman” and reflects the Entlebucher’s original function: bringing dairy cows in from the mountains and driving cattle to market. Today, the Swiss use this versatile dog for herding.
Also known as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, this is the smallest of the four Swiss mountain dogs, standing up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall at the shoulder, and weighing no more than 65 pounds (29.5 kg). The Entle has a thick, short, sleek coat with distinctive tri-colour markings. His coat is black and reddish-brown with white on the face, chest, and feet.
The lively, tireless Entlebucher is happiest when he has a job. Whether engaged in therapy work, agility, obedience training, tracking, or even just herding the kids, the Entlebucher is an enthusiastic participant.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jennifer Wasmuth, Alpine West, British Columbia
An attentive and devoted companion, the Entle is a people dog who bonds very closely with his family. Totally devoted to his master, his loyalty, intelligence, and protective instincts make him a wonderful watchdog. Although suspicious of strangers, his friendliness with other dogs, and desire for the company of his people make him a happy housedog. As people-oriented as he is, this is not a dog to be left alone for long periods of time. The Entlebucher is an active, athletic dog who loves to play, and will happily rough-house with older children.
The Entlebucher is naturally self-confident and intelligent. As such he is a quick study and does very well in obedience training. He should be socialized and begin training early. He needs a master who will be involved with the training as he has a strong sense of pack order. The Entle needs a firm master to keep his respect and may be a challenge for the first time dog owner.
With his need for high activity, the Entlebucher is not the dog for a couch potato! He is a tough, heavy-boned, muscular and athletic dog. A minimum of one hour per day of exercise will keep him happy and manageable.