Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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The Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Ent-Lee-Boo-Cur) is the smallest of the four Swiss Sennenhunds. Quite different than their larger cousins, the Bernese and the Greater Swiss, the Entlebucher is an energetic, tireless athlete with the ability to do essentially any activity or sport they are taught.

The Entlebucher can out think many other breeds as well as out think their owner, which requires owners to have a vested interest and dedication to training so that the dog learns the behaviors desired rather than dreaming up their own brand of fun.

The Entlebucher is a very physical breed. They are physical in their activities, putting their all into everything they do and they are physical with their owners, very demanding when it comes to physical touch. Hugs and cuddles quickly become “smooshings” if allowed, and the Entle strongly believes the firmer the contact, the more the love. One sure sign of affection is the body slam, bouncing off their owner with the slightest provocation, just to say, hey, you are mine and I am yours and we are together.

Entlebuchers have a keen sense of humor and enjoy making their owners laugh. They are happy when they can make you happy and they will often go through multiple antics to make you smile.
They are typically quite good with other dogs, but are known to play rough, hard, and fast with vocalization and a playful growl and grumble. Many people that do not know or understand the breed may mistake this for aggression, but most of the time it is simply rough, vocal play.

The Entlebucher typically notices everything in their environment, and can be quite in tune with any changes from normal. Keen sight awareness and keen noise awareness makes this breed a phenomenal watchdog. Nothing and no one will sneak by an Entlebucher and the stranger will likely not be welcome into the home without owner permission.

Anna Wallace

Liberty Run Kennel
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Breed History

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog originated in Entlebuch, a valley in the towns of Lucerne and Berne, Switzerland.  They were bred for agility and strong herding ability and designed to work in the Alps as a very effective cattle dog.   Exactly how long the breed has been around is impossible to know, but they are well documented in Switzerland’s history.  The first description of an Entlebucherhund dates from 1889.  In 1913, Dr Albert Heim, Swiss veterinarian and dog show judge, declared the Entlebucher as the 4th Sennenhund breed.  Due to WWI, development of the breed went to the back burner of priority and it wasn’t until 1926 that the breed standard was actually developed and an effort was made to develop a separate breed entity.   Until that time, the Entlebucher and the Appenzeller were bred together and were not bred as separate breeds.   With the separation of the two breeds, we see the breeds take different directions in development.   At the time of separation, the primary difference between the breeds was the tail, with a tight ring tail in the Appenzeller, and a congenital bobtail in the Entlebucher.   Today, the Entle in Switzerland has either a naturally long tail or a congenital (naturally short) bobtail.   In the US and other countries where docking tails remains legal, Entle tails are often docked, following the original tradition of the breed, though some breeders are leaving tails naturally long.  There is no preference in tail length according to the American Kennel Club standard or the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association. 

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is newly recognized by the American Kennel Club and is AKC’s 168th recognized breed.   The Entlebucher was accepted as a FSS (Foundation Stock Service) breed in 2000, approved for AKC companion events and herding trial competition in 2007, and was approved for Miscellaneous Breeds competition in January 2009.  The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was approved for full recognition and acceptance into the AKC Herding group on January 1, 2011.   Still very much a rare breed, the 2011 National Specialty for Entlebucher Mountain Dogs saw an entry of 20 Entlebuchers.  It will be exciting to see this breed flourish!

Anna Wallace

Liberty Run Kennel

Health Information

Overall, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a healthy breed that does not require special care.  Like all dogs though, there are always some things that can crop up, and with all breeds, there are some things we can track as "issues" that can be watched for.

Orthopedic Issues
Hip Dysplasia is one issue that breeders should always test for before breeding an Entlebucher, and statistically about 80% passes screening, leaving 20% of the breed with hip dysplasia, though thankfully most of that being mild issues.   Keeping your young, developing Entlebucher fit and not fat throughout the major growth periods as well as being sure to not go wild with physical exercise is the best choice to minimize issues.   CCL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament) tears (equivalent to ACL tears in humans) is probably the most common issue in the Entlebucher.    Their daredevil physicality and sheer enthusiasm to try everything can get them in trouble, and coming down wrong on those knees can indeed cause ligament tears and thus on the surgery table for a ligament repair.   Keeping your Entlebucher fit and not fat, and keeping the crazy jumping minimized is really the way to go.  Patellar Luxation is another knee problem that can be an issue in Entles.  This is where the knee cap does not track as it should, and all breeding Entles should be tested for this condition.

Eye Issues
is a required DNA test for Entlebuchers.  PRA causes a dog to go blind as they age, but thankfully this is particular disease is 100% preventable with a simple DNA test and careful selection of breeding pairs.   Glaucoma is an issue that has been reported in some Entlebuchers.   Although it is rare, it should be noted, and anything unusual about your Entles eyes should always be checked as soon as possible.    At this point in time, we do not have any definitive tests that would allow us to predict it's development and with that, we don't have a way to effectively prevent it.  Cataracts can happen in Entlebuchers.  Likely hereditary, but for the most part not a serious issue as they tend to be small and not progressive.  PPC (Posterior Polar Cataracts) are by far the most common but are such a minor issue, dogs with this condition are allowed by the Entlebucher Club Code of Ethics to be used in breeding programs.   

Entlebucher Urinary Syndrome (EUS)
EUS is a serious condition affecting the kidneys.  For information about EUS, please see the information on the website of the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association website.  (https://nemda.org/entlebucher-urinary-syndrome/)


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Lizzy is a 5 year old female Entlebucher Mountain Dog retiring from our breeding program.  Lizzy is a healthy girl, soon to be spayed.  She's been a wonderful part of our breeding program, and while of course she is welcome to stay with us forever, she would thrive in a family home where she can be doted on.  Lizzy is housetrained, crate trained, and leash trained with some pretty decent house manners. Gets along well with other dogs of all sizes.  Available for our typical retiring dog adoption fee of $500.  (We do not recommend Lizzy for your home if a pristine back yard is your passion.   Seriously, she will turn it into craters if given the chance.)


Max is a 4 year old male Entlebucher Mountain Dog searching for a home.  Max is a healthy boy, a large Entlebucher, and a serious sweetheart.  A fully active, happy Entlebucher.   Max is quick to learn, gets along well with female dogs (can be macho with males).  He is leash trained and crate trained, and while he has not been a house dog, he is very likely to adapt to couch life very quickly. $500

Windy x Arthur

Windy's puppies were delivered April 22.  They will be ready to go after June 17.

$2500/limited registration, no showing, no breeding, or $3500/full registration with some breeding restrictions.  We test our breeding dogs for the breed club recommended tests for hips, knees, eyes, and PRA, as well as a full check up by our reproduction veterinarian.    All puppies are vet checked before they go to their new homes.

Dam: Windy (Liberty Run's Oklahoma!)
Sire: Arthur (Liberty Run's Xcalibur)

Yuzu x Tommy

Yuzu's puppies were delivered June 11.  They will be ready to go after Aug 6.

$2500/limited registration, no showing, no breeding, or $3500/full registration with some breeding restrictions.  We test our breeding dogs for the breed club recommended tests for hips, knees, eyes, and PRA, as well as a full check up by our reproduction veterinarian.    All puppies are vet checked before they go to their new homes.

Dam: Yuzu (Liberty Run's You Live In A Zoo)
Sire: Tommy (Liberty Run's Tomahawk)

Stud Dogs

Our boys are fully health tested and available for stud to approved bitches.   Inquire for details.

Notable Liberty Run Entlebuchers

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Liberty Run's dedication to producing quality puppies means that puppies will not always be available.  Applications are kept on file and puppies are placed according to suitability of match with the applicant.  Deposits are not accepted until we actually have a puppy to match with your family.  Puppies are placed around 8 weeks of age. Due to new USDA/APHIS rules, we must meet you in person to transfer the puppy.  Puppies will not be shipped, so either you must come here, or fly one of our team and the puppy to an airport near you.

Show puppies are placed on contract requiring showing in AKC conformation events, and obtaining clearances prior to breeding.

Companion puppies are sold on contract requiring spay/neuter and limited registration.  

Inquiries are always welcome.

Liberty Run is located just outside Oklahoma City, OK.
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