This native of Switzerland is the smallest of the four tri-color Swiss Mountain Dogs. His larger cousins are the Appenzeller Sennehund, Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The intelligent and agile Entlebucher was developed by farmers in Entlebuch, a valley in the district of the Cantons Lucerne and Berne, to move cattle between pastures in the Alps. They were also useful for controlling more cantankerous livestock such as horses and pigs. The Entlebucher is a bold, driven, and active breed that is devoted to and quite protective of his family but may not be forthcoming with affection towards strangers. Intelligent and energetic, Entles do very well in a wide variety of athletic canine sports and activities that give them a job to do and satisfy their above average exercise requirements. Their short, sleek coats require minimal grooming.