The largest – and perhaps the oldest – of the four Swiss mountain breeds, the ‘Swissy’ descended from mastiffs that accompanied Caesar’s invading legions. Like the Bernese Mountain Dog, this breed was used to assist the farmer and butcher by guarding and driving livestock and by pulling carts. In the late 19th century, it was assumed the breed had died out but in 1908, a famous dog expert of Zurich saw a Greater Swiss and urged breeders to find other specimens and save this ancient Alpine dog. The breed was gradually reclaimed in its native land and spread to other countries. The Greater Swiss was admitted to the American Kennel Club’s Working Group in 1995.
Easygoing and obedient with an even disposition, the breed is said to be both bold and faithful.
Alert and vigilant, this powerful breed is energetic and eager to work.
An adult male may stand 25.5-28.5 in (65-72 cm) at the shoulder and weigh in the neighbourhood of 130 lb (58.5 kg). Females will be slightly smaller.
The short, thick, dense coat is weather-resistant. The breed also wears a thick undercoat.
The coat is the typical Swiss tri-colour – deep, lustrous black with white and tan trim on the feet, face, chest and tail.
Regular brushing is all the grooming needed.
Reference - www.ckc.ca