Activities

Hobbies make life fun! Enjoying an activity with your Entlebucher elevates the relationship to a whole new level and you'll both benefit! Each activity provides opportunities to meet new people/dogs, learn new things, travel to new places and experience a wide range of life lessons.

 
Jaylah running in the snow at 10 wks old

Current News

Jaylah finished her AKC Conformation Championship (CH) October 21, 2017 at the Prairieland Classic Shows in Springfield Illinois under Judge Sulie Greendale-Paveza! With style and flair, she went on to earn her first Grand Championship points the next day. Jaylah makes her Czech mark known where ever she goes, she's one special girl!

Jaylah turned 1 year old September 26th. We hope Jaylah will boldly go... to carry forward our next generation of ExcelEnts!

Kai racing thru tunnel

Recent Events

Team Kai earned their Master Century Standard (MXC) title June 4, 2017 in Green Bay under judge Greg Beck.

Kai/Patrick took 3rd place overall in the 16" class at the 2016 AKC Agility Invitationals in Orlando Florida! Kai is now the highest placing Entlebucher in a National event, earning a place in the AKC record books!

Data top entle

What's New

Data earned his Grand Champion (GCH) title at the Kenosha Kennel Club All-Breed Conformation show September 10, 2017! He also earned another Herding Group 3 Placement along the way at the Elgin Kennel Club August 26, 2017 under Judge Jimmy Moses.

Data is still the only Entlebucher to now hold higher level dual Championship titles (MACH2 & GCH)! A truly amazing dog!

Activities

There are so many activities you can enjoy with your Entlebucher. The internet is a great tool to research information and resources on various canine sports and new adventures! It doesn't matter how young or old you or your dog are... there is an activity for anyone and any dog! We'll share experiences with some of the canine sports we enjoy.

A good place to start is with your dog's historic breed function and pre-wired natural aptitudes. All dogs are broken into groups by a common function, like herding or guarding stock, hunting vermin, even the sole purpose of being a pure companions. If you have an "All American" (mixed breed), guess at the mix of breeds in their background to guide you. Then look to your own individual dog's unique talents, abilities and your interests. Keep in mind your dog's body type and personality to make sure that you're being safe and fair in choosing an activity to pursue.

Joyce, Data and Kai at Flagler Beach Florida 2015When you participate in canine activities, you will meet some of the nicest people! Most 'Dog people' wish to be more like the dogs they admire- loyal and compassionate, plus unconditional in love and friendship. Being more "dog-like" of their best virtues is definitely a goal worth working toward!

Dog training & sports offer many more benefits to discover: exercise, relaxation, laughter, learning new things, humility, sportmanship, better communication skills, goal setting and accomplishment, plus enjoying simple moments... and travel!

We travel with our dogs a lot. Each new adventure brings pet friendly stores and places to stay, parks and neighborhoods to explore, mountains and trails to hike, dog and human friends to get together with... for more stories, laughter, and memories.

Entlebuchers and Activities

Data earned a Herding Group  3 placement May 21st 2017Entlebuchers are smart, versatile and have the ability to excel at many areas. Dog sports are great relationship builders and can provide a meaningful ‘job’ for your Entle. Most Entles require a job, not as a luxury but as a necessity to stay sane and happy living with them. Entlebuchers need mental exercise as well as physical for optimal health.

I was drawn to the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed for their great looks, medium size, low maintenance grooming but above all... their versatility! I wanted a dog that could do it all! My goal with our Entlebuchers is to showcase what is possible for/with this breed. They have so much potential and are capable of achieving the highest levels in many activities. Physically, they were bred and built to be athletes. Another winning trait is their "can-do-desire-to-please" attitude. Entles give their all in everything they do and are happiest doing anything with their owner.

* Herding Group 3 with Data May 21, 2017

Being a rare, newer U.S. breed, one of my biggest concerns is that they will be "supersized" (in bone) to the point that their physical body can no longer hold up to their mental energy and work ethic. That would not be true to their original function or purpose as herding and working farm dogs! I'm also not suggesting they be bred 'for' certain sports or racey and light boned. My point is that there are limits to how much can be packed into such a compact frame before the body breaks down and pays the price. An Entle with the mental energy, stamina and need to work but without the physical capablility to do the job will be frustrated, miserable and impossible to live with.

BALANCE is an important characteristic for the Entlebucher breed to thrive. My expressed concern and these types of debates are very common in the world of purebred dogs. Only time will tell. It is human nature to take notice of exaggerations and appreciate spectacular extremes. Over time that can change perspective. The following article is written about German Shepherds and angulation, but the message can be applied to... any "panacea" trait of any purebred dog. Please take a moment to read this thought provoking article:  Herding Dogs and the Golden Middle.

I am suggesting that bone is our breed's potential "Achilles' heel" trait. Too little can cause weakness, frailty or structural instability. Too much hinders movement, agility and endurance. Our standard clearly defines the Entlebucher breed as a medium (moderate) size dog, which is key to their original purpose and function. Both the Berner and Greater Swiss are larger/heavier boned, carrying a higher weight to height ratio.


What is a Title, Really?

Not just a brag, or a stepping stone to a higher Title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores.

A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it- a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog doesn't know or care that their achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in this world of humans, where such things count.

A Title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, no matter how crazy they may have sometimes seemed. A Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved spending time with them; that you believed in him/her and each other enough to take yet another chance when you failed and in the end your faith was justified.

A Title says that your dog inspired you to have that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend~ cherished time and volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after their name.

A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently!
Author: Sandy Mowry

Data and Kai in each end of our agility tunnel

 

 

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