Greater Swiss Mountain Danes are a cross between the Greater Swiss Mountain dog and the Great Dane. The pups of this cross breed will be large dogs who enjoys frequent activities and challenges. Despite their large size, Great Danes are excessively active, but the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation.
Greater Swiss Mountains dogs were originally bred as farm dogs in the Swiss Alps. They are great at tracking, hunting, and herding. Great Danes hunted boars, but now they are mainly house pets or service and therapy dogs. Both breeds are known to be stubborn, so a combination of the two will need a lot of obedience training, especially with leash walking.
If you love to go for an early morning jog, why not teach Fido to jog at the same pace and run together? Most dogs don’t like the rain, so be sure the day is sunny and mild, but not too hot. If it’s snowing, you can bundle up and take your Greater Swiss Mountain Dane along; they are sure to enjoy the cold weather.
This is a relatively cheap activity. All you really need is a harness that fits your dog properly and a loose leash to keep Fido close to you.
A brisk 30-minute jog is an easy activity that will tire your pup out for at least a few hours. While the breed needs more daily activity than just 30 minutes, you don’t want to run your dog for too long. Bigger dogs are prone to hip problems.
Obedience training is important for any dog owner, but especially those who own large, stubborn breeds such as Greater Swiss Mountain Danes. Both Swiss Mountain Dogs and Great Danes are exceptionally intelligent and eager to learn new things, but their size can make them difficult for inexperienced dog owners to handle.
Your local pet stores should have training classes for puppies. The classes are usually held indoors, so weather isn’t a factor in the activity. The classes usually aren’t cheap, but you can decide if you only want to take the first course or continue past the basics. Sit, stay, and down are some of the commands taught in the most basic course and can be applied in many situations.
Frisbee is a great activity to give your pup fresh air and tire them out at the same time. Of course, Great Swiss Mountain Danes won’t have to jump far off the ground to reach the disc!
You will need either a large fenced-in backyard or a dog-friendly park for the activity. It is best done in mild, sunny weather so your pup doesn’t get overheated or dehydrated.
If you want Fido to actually jump up and retrieve the flying disc, you will need to do some training. Otherwise, you can simply use the disc as the item in a game of fetch. This game is very cheap, and you can find a frisbee at most pet stores for just a few bucks.
Your Greater Swiss Mountain Dane will generally get along with other dogs and would enjoy romping in off-leash dog parks. However, it’s important to keep an eye on your pup, as they overheat easily in hot weather (but love the snow!) and tire out more easily than smaller dogs.
Before going to the dog park, be sure your pup is friendly around other people and won’t jump on them. Some people bring their young children to the dog park, which can be a problem with a herding part of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dane. Tread carefully in off-leash dog parks or regular parks that allow dogs.
Because of the Swiss Mountain Dog genes, Fido would do great at search and rescue jobs for local fire departments and other organizations. The first thing you need to do before your pooch can get to work is to find a local search and rescue training course.
After your pup has earned their certificate, investigate your area to see where they need search and rescue help. If there’s nothing local, perhaps you should cast your net wider and search nationally.
Great Danes are said to be gentle giants and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs consider themselves lap dogs. With a Greater Swiss Mountain Dane, you’ll get a good-natured, affectionate dog who can weigh between 80 and 160 pounds.
An hour of exercise per day should be enough to tire your pup out. Large dogs run out of gas earlier than little dogs. Given their size, these dogs aren’t well-suited to apartment living, but they can also easily jump over a backyard fence. That means you will have to actively participate in your dog’s exercise and not just leave them out in the backyard.
Jogging, obedience training and frisbee are perfect activities that will provide Fido with daily exercise and bonding time that will make them happy pups.
You could say this breed is grrr-eat!