Road to Helvetia

Great swiss mountain dog

Update

Klark is BIS veterans and BOB at the international dog show Ljubljana I!

Klark and Leia both won the champion class at the WDS Salzburg 2012!

(17.2.2013)

What the judges said about Klark

E. Haapaniemi, 14.3.2010, Cacib Modena

"5 and a half years old quality champion male. Very masculine. Shown in excellent condition. Very nice head, eye, exp. well carried ears. Good back, nice feet, very good neck and topline. Well bodied. Long in loin. Sound mover. Correct hindquaters."


A.Foss, 3.7.2008, WDS Stockholm

"Eye catching male. Mice proportions. Good skull. Nice fore face. Good expression. Strong neck. Good topline. Balanced angulations. Moves with drive from behind. Most beautiful coat. Good markings. Nice temperament."


E.Erusalimskiy, 13.5.2009,

Cacib Sofia (BG)

"Typical strong male. Medium long bodied. Excellent in substance and depth of body. Nice masculine head. Excellent outlines. Correct angulations both. Nice movement. Corrrect bite. Full dentitious."





What the judges said about Leia

Satu Yla Mononen, 20.4.2008

Radduno Borghetto (I)

"Excellent size, exc. long head. Medium strong bones. Excellent neck and topline. Correct bite. Good chest and body. Excellent angulations, correct tail. Moves very well. Excellent temperament."


E.Erusalimskiy, 13.5.2009,

Cacib Sofia (BG)

"Typical goodsized medium long body. Feminine bitch. Strong enough in bones. Enough substance. Nice head, good neck and topline. Good developed chest, enough forchest. Enough angulated in front, correct rear angulation. Free in movement. Correct bire. Full dentitious."

What the judges said about Berta

L. Mach, 26.9.2009 Cacib Celje

"Nice puppy, with a lot of experience in the ring. Super condition and femminine. Correct bite, typical head in compliance to the body, well presented in ring."

 


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HAPPENING NOW!

PRINCESS LEIA 2.LITTER - "E LITTER", born 17.1.2013

It is a combination of Multi Champion Korona Rossii Tartuf and Multi Champion Princess Leia from Swiss Star.
 

BERTA SUPERSTAR 2.LITTER - "T LITTER", born 14.2.2013

It is a combination of our Multi Champion Korona Rossii Tartuf and Interntional Champion Berta Superstar.
 

Princess Leia 1.litter - "K litter", 2010


It is a combination of our Multi Champion Klark and Multi Champion Princess Leia from Swiss Star. 

More information under P.Leia- CLICK!

BERTA SUPERSTAR 1.LITTER - "F LITTER", 2011

It is a combination out of Champion Berta Superstar and Juniorchampion Frenky Glarika.

Both parents are Xrayed for HD, ED, OCD and are successful on shows. But first and most they are family dogs.

More information under Berta.


 

Ethics OF SELECTION

Years ago we decided to become breeders of this wonderful breed.

In 2007 we carefully selected our first female- Princess Leia from Swiss Star. In 2009 she cleared all the health certificates and this is how our tale started.

Our dream is to breed healthy dogs with stable character and still stay true to the breed standard. We would like to breed dogs that can become champions in the rings and future breeding dogs. That is our final goal and we are taking our first steps toward it. Our dogs are schooled till basic obedience level, visit shows every year and are checked for skeletal and eye diseases. We invest a lot of time in the research of pedigrees, blood lines and we stay in contact with breeders around Europe.

Welcome to our small kennel in our small country in the center of Europe!

Growing up "roadtohelvetian

Soon...

the right owner

You've probably heard all about the wonderful traits of these striking, loyal companions. But please consider the following facts when deciding whether the Great swiss mountain dog  is the right breed for you:

Written by Karen Conant*

 

Properly raising a Swissy takes time. Does your job and lifestyle allow for the commitment to properly raise and train a working dog? Read on and then determine whether or not a Swissy matches your lifestyle.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a large breed and require space. They also require moderate activity and regular exercise. A true working breed, the Swissy is most content when he has a job or purpose. Swissys are not lazy, lay--around-the-house dogs.

Swissys are most content in the company of their families. They are not well suited to kenneling and confinement away from the activities of the household. Though capable of withstanding the elements, the Swissy`s nature is best suited to being a family member and house companion. 

Swissys are alert and vigilant. This means that they will bark at neighbors, guests, and just about anything going on in the neighborhood! They have a natural protective instinct to guard home and family.

Most Swissys like the company of children, but NO large dog should be left unattended with young children. Due to the Swissy's robust size and active nature, they can easily topple children unintentionally. 

Swissys have several major health problems to consider. In addition to the common orthopedic ailments of large breeds, such as OCD and hip dysplasia, the GSMD is afflicted by a very serious condition known as Gastric Dilation Volvulus, or "bloat". This is a life-threatening medical emergency that is all too common in our breed. Epilepsy is another very serious health concern. All of these conditions can be costly to treat and manage.

Swissys are strong dogs! They are powerful in physical strength and strong-willed and can often be a challenge to leash train. Swissys love to pull. Keep in mind that children (and for that matter many adults!) may have a difficult time walking a Swissy throughout the neighborhood.

Swissy temperaments vary but are overall quite complex due to their working dog nature and development. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are NOT a good choice for inexperienced or first time dog owners. In the hands of an experienced owner, the Swissy can be a wonderful family companion with proper training.Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs were originally bred as draft and guard dogs. Like many working breeds, the Swissy has a tendency for dominant temperaments and behaviors. In addition, Swissys tend to be "social climbers". Practicing effective pack leadership is necessary to prevent dominant behaviors from becoming problematic. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs must learn their place in the family social hierarchy. This takes time, effort and a good dose of patience.

GSMDs require diligent socialization at an early age. This means meeting many new people and being introduced to many new situations. Socializing a Swissy is a commitment not to be taken lightly. Some GSMDs may exhibit dog aggression, particularly intra-sex aggression in intact animals.

Swissys are slow maturing both mentally and physically. Because of orthopedic concerns related to large breed dogs, great care must be taken to prevent injury during growth stages. Despite their sturdy build, the breed is, in effect, quite fragile during these growth periods. The Swissy is not a breed that can sustain unlimited exercise or activities such as jogging at a young age.

Swissys shed! A common misconception is that the short coat of the GSMD sheds very little, and nothing could be further from the truth. The Swissy has a thick undercoat which sheds continually throughout the year and requires regular grooming.

If you are interested in breeding, you should know that the GSMD is prone to whelping difficulties and often require cesarean sections. They are not easy to breed!

Finally, Swissys need TRAINING! Prepare to devote the time and energy to ensure your dog has all of the "tools" it needs to become a good citizen.

 

My take on the matter:

I personally completely agree with what is said above. And despite telling this to the new owners or possible new owners the misconception of the Swissy being "just a bigger labrador" still exists. No, this dog was bred to be a working breed and has a strong character that leans to lead if you are not a good leader to your Swissy. And the growing period is very important and delicate - so it is best to expose your growing puppy to proper movement and diet, with the addition of chondroprotective agents. Socialization is another very important key. From 3 months on the puppy should be taken to all possible environments: coffee shops, markets, city centers, friends, meet a lot of different dogs, people on chairs...etc. Anything you can think about. If you miss this important period (especially 4-6 months) you have missed to much. It applies the same for schooling. You have to start from the beginning - just to gain the attention of your dog and make him understand that some behaviour will get him things he wants and some will not. Give him one meal from your hand - without commands! When the dog looks at you, he gets a bite. Then you can reward spontaneous behaviours like sitting down, giving the paw, laying down...etc and simply ignoring what you do not want. The dog will start to think and he will understand that working with you is the way to receive wonderful treats, playtime and your attention. If you get to this step onward schooling will be a pleasure and a true partnership.

A structured environment, proper diet and movement, your patience and determination...nothing more is needed to truly enjoy this wonderful breed. And for me there is no better companion by my side then a loyal, loving, goofy swissy. Learn to love this unique breed!