Greater Swiss Mountain Breed Maintenance
Because these dogs are large and are working dogs, they will do best in houses with large fenced in yards that allow them to roam freely as opposed to small apartments or condos. These dogs do best in cold climates and will love to play in the snow, but do not do so well in hot weather and can be prone to heat stroke. Because of this, you must be careful when exercising your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in the heat. Make sure that they always have access to water and shade, and limit their exercise to the early mornings and evenings when it is not as hot. Since they are such big dogs, you have to keep them from jumping and running on hard surfaces until about the age of two when their bones will be done growing. Every dog is different, but some people say that their Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs take some time to get the hang of housetraining. However, with consistent effort, your dog will understand it eventually. These dogs should get 4 to 5 cups of food a day, divided into two meals. They have minimal shedding with the exception of twice a year when they will shed the undercoat all at once. Grooming is simple and only required once or twice a week as they are relatively clean dogs. They should be bathed every month or so, more often if needed. Brushing their teeth should also be done once or twice a week, but every day is best. The nails should be trimmed once or twice a month, or less often if they get worn down naturally.