Meet Edelwiess, Our beautiful Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
With great sadness, our beloved Edelle has crossed the rainbow bridge- we will miss her and hope she is resting peacefully now. She was just 11 years old, and took a terrible turn for the worse that effected her ability to be independant and she lost her lust for life...so it was an emergency vet visit to have her laid to rest over the Labor Day weekend. 9/5/10 She will be in our hearts forever-
About The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog...
The greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund) is the largest of the four Swiss Sennenhund breeds, the others being the Berner (Bernese Mountain Dog), Appenzeller and Entlebucher. Historically, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog assisted farmers and herds man with the daily chores, such as pulling carts and keeping a watchful eye on the livestock. Today the Swissy, as its friends know it, is primarily a family dog, though the working dog aptitude remains strong. As a family pet, the Swissy is noted for its gentle nature, great loyalty, and wonderful disposition towards children.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is characterized by its large, muscular stature and beautiful tri-colored markings. Males stand approximately 25.5 to 28.5 inches at the withers and weigh anywhere from 105 to 140 lbs. Females stand 23.5 to 27 inches, with weight ranging from 85 to 110 lbs.
Through careful breeding and selection of imports, the breed has shown steady growth since its introduction to the U.S. in 1968. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America, Inc. was formed in 1971 to promote the sound breeding, welfare, and wider recognition of the breed. In 1985, the GSMD was admitted to the Miscellaneous Class of the AKC, and was granted full recognition in the Working Group in July of 1995.*