entlebucher mountain dog breed information

common health issues

In this life-threatening condition, the body's immune system attacks it's own red blood cells, leading to anemia (low levels of red blood cells). IMHA can be secondary to other diseases, but the majority of the cases occur with no known cause. Diagnosis and treatment are costly, and treatment usually requires a lengthy hospital stay.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog hails from Switzerland and is the smallest cousin of the four tri-colored Swiss mountain dogs, which include the Appenzeller Sennenhund, Bernese Mountain Dog and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. All four breeds are descended from Molosser-type dogs brought to the region by Romans. He was bred to be a speedy, athletic and intelligent herding dog, helping to move livestock for his Swiss farmer masters in the Alps, and he still displays those characteristics today.

The Entlebucher is medium-sized, compact and strongly muscled, and many display the natural bobtail common in the breed. His short, smooth tricolor coat requires minimal grooming, but he is an active, high-energy dog who needs more exercise than many breeds to keep him happy. Like most herding breeds, he is at his best when he has a job.

Though he has an independent side, he also loves to please his family, and with plenty of training and socialization, he makes a lively companion dog for families of all ages. Entlebuchers are generally very good with children, though their tendency to roughhouse may need to be curbed around very little ones.

Despite his strength and athleticism, the Entelbucher Mountain Dog is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health — not to mention your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Entles are prone to include eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; blood conditions such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia; and urinary tract conditions such as ectopic ureters.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Entlebucher Mountain Dog inherits more than his mom’s bad hips or his dad’s bad eyes, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
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