Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Germany <> Switzerland -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane is a hybrid breed in which the confident Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is crossed with the gentle Great Dane. Relatively new, there is little information available on the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane is a large, active dog that will be affectionate towards its humans. This gentle dog will get on well with children if exposed to them as a puppy. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can be stubborn, so it's important for its human to provide consistent leadership. The Great Dane is calm and devoted, despite its large size, so it may think of itself as a pocket dog. Greater Swiss Mountain Dane owners say he's a big bundle of love, ready to give and receive.

History of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

The hybrid known as the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane is a new breed of dog with no detailed history. The two breeds that combine to create the breed each have a long history. As a Greater Swiss Mountain Dane puppy will inherit traits from both parents, it's best to consider the characteristics of its parent breeds when trying to understand what the hybrid will ultimately look like.

 

        

A little of the Great Dane

        
The Great Dane is thought to have originated around 3000 BC. Historians speculate that the breed belonged to Assyrian traders who took the dog with them on their journeys to Rome and Greece. Originally known as Boar Hounds for their talent at hunting wild boar, Great Danes were later known as English Dogges in England, and Kammerhunde in Germany. In Denmark and France in the 1700s, they became known as the Great Dane, which later became the Great Dane. Despite its Danish namesake, this majestic breed has developed thanks to the work of German breeders. Giant, yet gentle and gentle, the breed gained popularity in North America in the 1800's. They were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1887.
Standard of the Great Dane

A little of the Great Swiss Mountain Dog

Considered one of Switzerland's oldest dog breeds, the Great Swiss Mountain Dog was discovered some 2,000 years ago. There are several theories as to how the breed came into being. The most popular is that the breed descends from Mastiff-like dogs that were brought to the Alps by Roman legions and used for breeding, guarding and as draft dogs. The Great Swiss Mountain Dog was one of the most popular farm dog breeds in Switzerland, but as machines became available to manage the breed's agricultural responsibilities, its popularity waned. A dog researcher named Albert Heim noticed two large Swiss Mountain Dogs at a Swiss Kennel Club jubilee and sought to have them recognized as their own breed. In 1990, the breed was entered in the Swiss Kennel Club's Swiss studbook. Today, the breed works in guarding and tracking and makes an excellent watchdog.
Standard of the Great Swiss Mountain Dog

Appearance of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane will appear robust, with a broad, flat skull like the Great Swiss Mountain Dog, or may have a narrower head with a deep muzzle like the Great Dane. Eye color can vary from brown to hazel, and the eyes will be medium-sized and almond-shaped. Ears can be erect or folded, depending on parental genetic influences, which affect all your hybrid's characteristics. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane will have a muscular body. Its neck can be described as graceful in some hybrids and thick in others. His straight legs are strong and his paws are round. His coat will be medium to fine in texture, and will be short and thick. Attractive in all shades of coat, they come in a range of beautiful colors, including fawn, black, blue, brindle, merle, chocolate and tricolor in black, rust and white.

Temperament of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane will inherit its temperament from its parents, and will be alert yet gentle and affectionate. Despite its size, it can be so affectionate that it wants to be in your lap. Gentle and good-natured, he can have a stubborn streak, choosing to make his own decisions rather than follow your instructions. For this reason, he'll need an owner who can show leadership and consistency. Protective by nature, he will use his loud barking to alert you to any problems. When exposed to children as a puppy, he will get on well with them and should remain fairly calm despite the children's antics. This hybrid is known to be highly trainable, as it loves to learn.

Needs and activities of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

As a dog bred to work, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane will appreciate a fenced yard where it can roam freely throughout the day. He needs to be accompanied at all times, as he's not the kind of dog who will want to be left alone outside. Take him for a walk two or three times a day. This big dog needs to stretch and move around to feel better. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dane's parent likes to play in the snow, but the Great Dane's influence may dampen this desire a little. Whatever the parental influence, heatstroke can be a problem for your dog, so caution is advised when exercising in hot weather. This hybrid is not destined to live in an apartment simply because it's too big.

Maintenance of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane

There's not a lot of information out there about caring for your Greater Swiss Mountain Dane, although you can consider the care requirements of its parent breeds to get an idea of what to expect. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog sheds very little most of the year. Twice a year, it sheds all its undercoat. On the other hand, the Great Dane will shed a lot, although regular grooming will keep this under control. Frequent brushing will also reduce the need to bathe your Great Dane. On this basis, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane should be brushed weekly with a pincushion brush if his coat is long, while a smoother brush is suitable for shorter coats. If he sheds a lot, try the hair removal tool to remove loose fur. Regular ear cleaning with a cotton ball and ear cleaning solution is recommended for the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane, especially if his ears fold back. Clip his nails often to facilitate the procedure, as they will be thick and strong. Brush his teeth twice a week.

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