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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or Gro▀er Schweizer Sennenhund, is the largest of the traditional Swiss herding breeds, the Sennenhunds, a grouping in which the Bernese Mountain Dog is also included. They are believed descended from large dogs brought to Switzerland by the Romans in the first century B.C., although another theory states that they arrived many centuries earlier with Phoenician traders. In any case, they are almost certainly the result of the mating of indigenous dogs with large mastiff-type dogs brought to Switzerland by foreign settlers. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are believed to be in the ancestry of both the Saint Bernard Dog and the Rottweiler.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, muscular, tricolour (black, rust, and white; typically with a white blaze) dog. Males should weigh around 110 - 140 pounds the height is 25.5 - 28.5 inches at the shoulders. The females weigh 85 - 115 pounds and are 23.5 - 27 inches heigh at the shoulders. The length to height ratio is around 10 to 9. This breed must have a double coat to be considered show quality. There is black on top of the dogs back, ears, tail, and the majority of the legs. There should be rust on the cheaks a thumb print above the eyes, and also rust should appear on the legs in-between the white and black. There should be white on the muzzle, the feet, the tip of the tail, on the chest down, and have some white that comes up from the muzzle to past imbetween the eyes. The furs is a double coat, the top coat is around two 2 inches long, and the bottom coat is thich and is a type of gray and must be on the neck, but can be all over the body.

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