Entlebucher Pit

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45-65 lbs
16-19"
Unknown
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
American Pit Bull Terrier

Strong, fearless and a hard worker all best describe the Entlebucher Pit. A newly created hybrid that may have likely originated within the last 10 years, these hybrids are a cross between the Entlebucher Mountain Dog and American Pit Bull Terrier. They are considered low maintenance dogs and can make great pets for active owners. The Entlebucher Pit may not be suitable for households with young children or small pets as this is a strong pup that can play a little rough. Owners say with strong leadership and and consistent guidance the Entlebucher Pit makes a nice companion, though is not recommended if you are looking for your first dog.

Purpose
Guarding, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Entlebucher Mountain Dog and American Pit Bull Terrier

Entlebucher Pit Health

Average Size
Male Entlebucher Pit size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Female Entlebucher Pit size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • ECG
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Blood Chemistry

Entlebucher Pit Breed History

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is said to have originated in Switzerland and can be traced back over 2000 years ago. This breed was originally designed as a class of herding dogs that worked vigorously on the mountains and in hill country. Excelling as guardians and herders of livestock, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is part of the Mountain Group: the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Appenzeller Mountain Dog and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. This breed is quite popular in countries like Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. In 2011 the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed, classified in the Herding Group. The American Pit Bull Terrier (also known as the American Staffordshire Terrier) is a group of terrier breeds that may have likely been a mix of the Fox Terrier, English Terrier and older Bulldogs. These breeds were unfortunately bred for the purpose of fighting in rings with other dogs or animals. Today however, they simply serve as great guard and companion dogs. The American Pit Bull Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 under the name American Staffordshire Terrier.  

Entlebucher Pit Breed Appearance

Medium-sized, heavy boned and muscular best describe the Entlebucher Pit at first glance. These hybrids tend to have medium length muzzles, broad shoulders, lean bodies and alert eyes. They come in various colors including tan, black and white, have a variety of markings, and the markings are often more patched. Ears can be either fully flopped down or partially flopped, eyes can be set far apart on skull and tails may be strong and medium length. The coat will be dense and most likely smooth.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Entlebucher Pit eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Entlebucher Pit nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Entlebucher Pit coat
Red
sable Entlebucher Pit coat
Sable
fawn Entlebucher Pit coat
Fawn
brown Entlebucher Pit coat
Brown
white Entlebucher Pit coat
White
black Entlebucher Pit coat
Black
pied Entlebucher Pit coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Entlebucher Pit straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Entlebucher Pit Breed Maintenance

The Entlebucher Pit is a pretty low maintenance dog as they have a relatively short, dense coat that only requires brushing with a soft bristle brush once a week. These hybrids will not need to be bathed often, maybe once a month or once every 2 months. For the most part, owners can get away with using dry shampoo or using a damp wet cloth to clean their hybrids. As with all dogs, general maintenance requirements include ear cleaning every 4 to 6 weeks (or as recommended by a vet), teeth cleaning every few days and nail trimming as required - with an active dog he may wear his nails down naturally.

Brushes for Entlebucher Pit
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Entlebucher Pit requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Entlebucher Pit Temperament

An intelligent and cheery companion, the Entlebucher Pit is a loyal, protective and energetic breed of dog that can do really well with children and other pets when monitored. As these dogs are quite big they can sometimes unknowingly be rough with smaller pets and young children. Additionally, some Entlebucher Pits can get stubborn or bossy and may not tolerate children who irritate them too much. Socialization and training at a young age are the best tools to manage your dog’s temperament. With strangers, bare in mind that these breeds stem from dogs that tend to guard or protect owners or flocks. Your Entlebucher Pit hybrid may be quite wary of strangers and may have the tendency to bark at them.

Entlebucher Pit Activity Requirements

The Entlebucher Pit comes from a relatively active breed of herding dog known as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. This parent breed tends to have higher energy demands as compared to the American Pit Bull as they were bred to run for miles. The American Pit Bull parent adds the desire for energy expenditure in the form of quick bursts of speed; playtime in a safe enclosed space will be welcomed. Your hybrid will need two walks a day minimum for at least an hour a day. The Entlebucher Pit may even welcome more. Not all dogs are proficient running partners; keep this in mind due to the American Pit Bull influence. His stamina is not the same as the Entlebucher Mountain Dog parent.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Entlebucher Pit Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$35 - $45

Entlebucher Pit Owner Experiences

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