Peak Performer

Given a job and taught manners, the devoted Entlebucher Mountain Dog can scale any height.

When Jan V. of Utah, first met Bronte, her current Entlebucher Mountain Dog, it wasn’t so much love at first sight, as love at first bite.

Nine spirited tricolored littermates swarmed around Vincent that day, but only Bronte went in for the leg nip, as if to claim her master.

With a zest for outdoor activities, and almost overpowering devotion, this herding and guardian breed flourishes with an owner who is committed to consistent, early training, says Jan, a breeder for 14 years and president of the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association.

Seven years later, Bronte boasts conformation championship titles, as well as Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, and service dog titles. More important, she remains Jan’s constant companion. A happy ending to an awkward introduction. You might be wondering if an Entle is a good match for you. Let’s take a look.

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