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Brief history

The ancestors of Great Swiss Mountain Dogs were widely disseminated earlier in central Europe, the dogs described as butcher dogs. They were strong, three-color, sometimes black and tan or yellow, commonly held by butchers, cattle traders, artisans and farmers who used them as guard dogs, herding and driving and for this purpose they bred.
 
At the jubilee show, organized in 1908 on the occasion of the Lagenthal 25 - anniversary of the Swiss Society Kennel Club presented to Professor Albert Heim assess two such dogs named short-haired Bernese Mountain Dogs.
The great popularizer of Swiss Cattle Dogs rated them as disappearing large variety of old-herding dogs (mountain) or butcher dogs. They have been recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club as a separate race and entered in the Swiss Large Dogs Pastoral the Swiss Stud Book in volume 12 (1909).
 
Of the canton of Berne found more examples of the corresponding to description A. Heim and started breeding based of pure bred. In January 1912. was created Big Swiss Club Sennenhunde who was taking on himself duty of care and to promote the breed.
 
For a long time race population remained at a low level because it was hard for a good bitch. It was only from year 1933, the number registered in the Swiss Stud Book is more than 50 dogs The breed standard was first published by the FCI 05/02/1939.

Opinion undemanding, reliable train dogs used by the Swiss army during the Second World War has brought breed appreciation and further the dissemination, which resulted in more than 100 registered in 1945 puppies. This number attested to race population remains at 350 - 400 number of units.

Today these dogs are also bred in neighboring countries and widely appreciated for calm and balanced temperament, especially as a family dog​​.
 
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