Commonly asked Questions about Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

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Are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs good with children?
Yes, Swissies have been described as the “Ideal Family Dog”.  With proper training and socialization you will have the best family dog you have ever owned.
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs Drool?
The Swissy is considered a dry mouth breed.
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs Shed?
Swissies shed an average amount.  A good weekly brushing will do the trick.
How much do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs Weigh?
An Adult Male Swissy will weigh 120 lbs to 140 lbs.

An Adult Females Swissy will weigh 90 to 115  lbs.
Do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs like to swim?
Most Swissies who are introduced to the water seem to enjoy it.  Their webbed feet make them very capable swimmers.
How much exercise will my Swissy need?
A moderate amount of exercise is fine for adults. As with all large breeds caution must be taken with young dogs so as not to cause undue stress on their joints.
Are Swissies Protective?
Yes, your Swissy should be protective, but by no means aggressive.
How long do Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs live?
Swissies have an expected lifespan of ten to twelve years.
How hard is it to housebreak a Swissy?
As with many large breeds, Swissies are not easy to housebreak.  We recommend that you crate train and establish a routine in order to get the job done faster.
At what age do Swissy puppies go to their new homes?
Barton Manor puppies go to their new homes between eight and ten weeks depending on the size of the litter.
How in the world do you spell it?  Swissys or Swissies?
Honestly, it really doesn’t matter.  Either way is fine.
What should I look for when choosing a breeder?
It doesn’t matter whether you choose a small or large breeder so long as they are a responsible breeder.  You should be allowed to visit their facilities and see the “ins and outs” of their breeding program.  You should never be afraid to ask questions, and they should never hesitate to provide you with answers.