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Breed: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Country of Origin: Swiss Alps
AKC Group: Working
Function: Tracking, watchdogging, guarding, & carting
Life Span: 10-11 years
Appearance: Large
Color: Black with rich rust and white markings
Coat Type: Short
Grooming: An easy groom dog. Regular brushing will due.
Height: 23.5-28.5 inches
Weight: 130-135 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: Yes
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: Friendly
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Loving
Potential Problems:  
Physical: Like many large deep-chested dogs, the GSMD is prone to bloat and hip dysplasia. Many 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. Some lines have incidences of epilepsy and digestive disorders.