Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed standard
FCI – Standard No. 47 Entlebucher Cattle Dog (Entlebucher Sennenhund)
Medium sized, compactly made of slightly elongated shape.
Tricolour. Alert, clever and friendly facial expression.
16 to 20 inches at the withers
Dogs – 44-50 cm (up to 52 cm tolerated)
Bitches – 42-28 cm (up to 50 cm tolerated).
Ratio of height at withers to length of body = 8:10; ratio of length of muzzle to length of skull = 9:10.
The skull is flat on top with a well-defined but not exaggerated stop. The muzzle is straight and strong. The lips are clean, eyes dark brown and lively. Nose always black. Full dentition. Ears are medium size, set high, triangular in shape, gently rounded at the tip. When alert, ears are brought forward and raised at the base. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. Occipital bone barely visible. Frontal furrow slightly pronounced.
NECK, LINES & BODY
Short and muscular, topline level, chest is deep and capacious, well sprung ribs, dog is longer than tall (10:8 ratio). Pronounced fore chest...Back straight, firm, broad and relatively long. Loins strong, pliable and not too short. Rump slopes slightly, relatively long. Lower line has slight tuck up.
Set on in continuation of the gently sloping rump.
- Either a naturally grown tail, desirably carried level with the back or slightly above or carried hanging down.(Applicable as from the date when the rule forbidding the docking of tails enters in force.)
- Or a congenital bobtail (short tail).
Natural tail and bobtail equally acceptable.
The shoulders are moderately laid back, flat lying, well-muscled and never loose. Legs are straight and strong, placed well under the body. Upper arm length equal or slightly shorter than shoulder blade. Angle to shoulder blade about 110-120 degrees. Elbows lying well onto the body. Pastern see from front in straight continuation of the forearm; seen from side slightly angulated and relatively short. Feet are round and compact with arched toes, pointing straight forward. Pads coarse and robust. Dewclaws may be removed on the front legs.
Well-muscled thighs, broad and strong. Upper thigh fairly long, forming a rather wide angle with the lower thigh at the stifle joint. Lower thigh approximately equal length to upper thigh, clean. Hock joint strong, set relatively low, well angulated. Hock fairly short, sturdy, vertical and parallel in position. Dewclaws must be removed. Hind feet same as front.
Ground covering, free, fluid movement with strong drive from rear. Seen from front or rear, hind legs track in line with forelegs.
Double coat. Topcoat short, close fitting, harsh and shiny. Undercoat dense.
COLOR & MARKINGS
Typically tricolor. Basic color black with tan (faun to rust red) and white markings which should be as symmetric as possible. The tan markings are placed above the eyes, on cheeks, muzzle and through, either side of the chest, and on four legs. On legs, the tan is situated between the black and the white. White markings include a distinct small blaze which runs without interruption from top of head over bridge of nose, and can wholly or partialy cover the muzzle. White from chin over throat without interruption to chest. White on all four feet. Undesirable but tolerated — small white patch on the nape of the neck (not more than half a hand’s breadth).
Any departure from the foregoing points must be considered as a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. Under or over size; rounded skull; short, too long or pointed muzzle; roman nose; eyes too light, too deep set or protruding; ectropion, entropion; ears set on low, too small or too pointed; ears carried in a flyaway position or folded; bite over or undershot; absence of teeth other than 2 PM 1 (Premolar 1, absence of M3 not considered); back too short, hollow or roach back; rising or strong sloping croup; chest too shallow or barrel shaped; kinky tail or tail carried over back; limbs too fine-boned, insufficiently or too strongly angulated, incorrect position, cow hocked or bow-legged, too close together; weak or broken down pasterns; feet longish or splayed; weakness in temperament; aggressiveness.
Faults in markings: interrupted blaze; too big white patch on the nape of the neck; white collar around whole neck; broken white on chest; white reaching distinctly above pasterns.
Yellow hawk eyes, wall eyes, blue eyes; too long, soft coat; ring-tail; other than tricolored coat; basic color other than black.
- CKC Breed Standard
Note: Entlebuchers are recognized by FCI, CKC and AKC.