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Swiss Appenzelois Dog

For the sake of clarity, the above title is intended in this work to refer only to the largest of the Sennenhunde: the Appenzell, Bernese, and Entlebuch Mountain Dogs have their specific breed nomenclature, whilst this largest type has not; hence the use of the general title in a specific instance.

It is the most widely used of Swiss draught dogs, seen in almost all Cantons hauling wagons, laden with cheeses, cans of milk, loaves of bread, and other produce. The dogs are scrupulously cared for and protected by laws governing designs of harness, weights of loads and measurements of the dog’s height. Licenses are issued only after the strictest investigation of the dog, cart, and owner.

  • Height 26-31 in (66-78.5 cm)
  • Weight 75-100 lb (34-45.4kg)
  • Coat type/color Coat short and close-fitting. Color the attractive tricolour of jet black, deep russet brown and white.

Entlebucher Sennenhund Dog

Smallest of the Swiss quartette of the farm, mountain and draught dogs, the Entlebuch breed of Sennenhund is fast approaching a degree of popularity it has never before experienced. The Entlebuch is named after a river flowing through a Lucernese valley, and is easily distinguished from the other three Swiss Mountain Dogs by its not having the full natural tail; usually wearing a short stump, the Entlebuch is occasionally seen absolutely tailless. It has been bred most carefully from the larger stock, to become the ideal Swiss drovers’ dog.

The Specialist Club has worked hard and, since the general revival of interest in the breed in 1936, has succeeded in attracting the attention of foreign breeders. In the Netherlands, there is now a particularly keen interest in the Sennenhund group, especially since the Dutch Royal Family helped to popularise it.

  • Height 14-18 in (35.5-45.5 cm)
  • Weight 20-30 lb (9.1-13.6 kg)
  • Coat type/colour Coat smooth and short. Colour the characteristic tricolour of jet black, deep russet brown and clean white. Tail close-docked or absent.

Affenpinscher Dog

An old breed whose history dates back over 300 years, the Affenpinscher is probably descended from a combination of small wire-haired terriers and pug-like dogs. It originated in Germany and is sometimes known as the Monkey Dog, because of its facial features, which resemble those of certain primates. The bushy area of hair above the mouth, and the flattish nose, have led the French to refer to this breed less flatteringly as the Diabletin Moustache – the moustached little devil.

In terms of personality, however, the Affenpinscher has all the best qualities of the terrier breeds. These little dogs are lively, loyal, and affectionate, although they may prove stubborn on occasions. The coat is wiry in texture and relatively long, but grooming is quite straightforward, a daily brushing usually proving adequate. The preferred coloration for the coat is black, but grey, black, and tan, and red individuals may be encountered on occasion as well.

Affenpinschers require a daily walk, although this need not be a lengthy period of exercise. They also enjoy a run off the leash in suitably safe surroundings. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936, and then by Kennel Club in Great Britain in 1980.

In the Affenpinscher, the lower jaw may be slightly longer than the upper; although this undershot arrangement is often considered a fault in other breeds, it is not regarded as a weakness in this case.

  • Height up to 12 in (30.3cm)
  • Weight 6½-9 lb (2.9-4 kg)
  • Coat type/colour wiry, longish; black

Griffon Bruxellois Dog

The earliest Griffons were bred by the artisans and cab drivers of Belgium in general and Brussels in particular. In 1886 the breed made its first show appearance although a dog called ‘Vom’ came to England in 1880. Better known in the United States as the Brussels Griffon, these toy dogs are thought to be descended from the Affenpinscher.

Various subdivisions of the breed are recognized in Europe, based essentially on the color of the coat. The Griffon Bruxellois is, by definition, pure red in Europe, whereas the Griffin Belge is black, or a combination of black and tan. The third form, produced by cross-breeding with the Pug is the Brabançon, distinguishable by virtue of its smooth, short coat. It is now one of the most charming and spirited toy breeds.

While even the most devoted admirer of these dogs would not claim that they were particularly attractive in appearance, they have much in their favor in terms of temperament. The Griffon Bruxellois is a responsive and affectionate breed, which is quite easy to train and settles well in fairly urbanized surroundings.

They used to be kept as stable dogs bred for killing vermin, but soon progressed to riding on the seat at the front of horse-drawn cabs, net to the cabbie. Their appealing natures would doubtless have endeared them to passengers. The Griffon Bruxellois became known in Britain just before the turn of the century and reached the United States for the first time soon afterward. They are easy in terms of care, although the rough-coated varieties will need to be stripped about twice a year. This can be carried out easily in a grooming parlor.

  • Height 7 in (18 cm)
  • Weight most desired between 6 and 9 lb (2.7-4 kg)
  • Coat type/color The coat of the ‘rough’ variety is harsh and wiry with a bearded foreface. Smooth variety (Petit Brabançon) has a smooth, closed coat. Colour red, black or black-and-tan. Head monkey-like; body compact; tail docked short.

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