The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or GSMD, originated in the remote, mountainous regions of Switzerland and were developed to be versatile working dogs capable of draft work, herding and guarding livestock, and serving as farm sentinel. They have the athletic aptitude and endurance to work long hours in mountainous regions and enjoy mentally and physically engaging activities such as carting, weight-pull, hiking, agility, obedience, and herding. Their exercise, while necessary, should be moderate due to their large size and thick coat which makes them vulnerable to overheating. They are social dogs that thrive on the company of humans and make excellent family pets. While intelligent and eager to please, they are slow developers so patience and diligence regarding housebreaking and training are necessary. Their thick coats should be brushed at least weekly.