The strong, muscular Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred to herd and guard livestock in the mountainous regions of Switzerland. A multipurpose working dog, this bold, social, loyal breed thrives on having a job and enjoys being included in everyday household activities. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires moderate exercise daily, and his short, dense coat needs minimal grooming.
Commonly referred to as the “Swissy,” the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog also is nicknamed “the poor man’s horse” due to his strength that enables him to pull carts and wagons. In the late 19th century, the breed became extinct, but reappeared in the early 20th century due to the efforts of a famous dog expert, Dr. Albert Heim