Entlebuchers can be trained for almost any dog
activity or sport. They are
happiest when given the
opportunity to show their stuff.
Entles have been
carting for centuries. When I first put a
harness on Henri he acted as
though he had always worn one. My dogs get excited
they see a working harness of any kind. Just make sure you get proper
instruction, get the proper sized equipment and don't let your dog pull
any serious weight until he/she is about two. Pulling weight while bone is still
growing can cause serious damage to the dog.
can find lots of info and sources for equipment on line. It is possible
to earn a NEMDA Carting title.
Entles are physically and mentally made
for this dog sport. It is an excellent opportunity for owners and dogs to
have great fun and stay healthy, both in training and in active
competition. It is a great way to build and even greater bond with
your dog and it is great fun.
photo was taken in December 09 at Long Beach.
Bayla and Joyce have been our friends for years and Finn is a Wildhorn
pup so it was great to have the opportunity to be there and see them
both competing as the only Entles at the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba Agility
Bayla, still competing at nine, owned by Joyce
MacKay and Finn owned by Kristine Stewart
"Finn MacCool of Wildhorn", in 2007,was the first Entle to earn
an AKC agility title.
Right: "Lucy of Wildhorn" at 8 months was just beginning her
agility career with her experienced owner/trainer Sue Edick. Sue says
she not only did her weave poles well but does really fast.
Entles can earn AKC and Canadian Kennel Club titles as well as
the United States Dog Agility Association.
If you purchase a puppy with show potential,
it means just that. There are no guarantees that such a puppy will have a
successful show career. I bought show quality puppies with showing and
breeding in mind.
Wildhorn pups have done well in the show ring.
Actually showing Entles in the US
has not been easy. There are some regional rare breed clubs that conduct shows. However many
of the large rare breed shows such as those offered by the American Rare
Breed Association (ARBA) require cross-country travel that is expensive
Entlebuchers will be moved to the Herding group with full AKC
Eulee of Wildhorn
2007 NEMDA Specialty Winner
Currently Entlebuchers are
eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class in American Kennel Club
events. As of January 2010 and until January 2011 they are able to earn conformation
points toward a new AKC title developed for the Miscellaneous Class,
Certificate of Merit (CM)
Fifteen points are required
are natural drovers. Drovers usually work with large animals that can be
difficult and/or dangerous such as cattle and horses. Drovers keep these
animals together and move them in the direction that the herdsman
indicates. They must be physically strong, agile and always alert for
flying hoofs and angry animals. They may nip at the animals' heels and
flanks and when necessary, hurl themselves against the animal to get the
desired directional movement. (One can easily see how this ingrained
behavior can crop up when an Entle sees a "herd" of loud, fast moving
puppies tend to have strong herding instincts. Mira shows her instincts herding children.
Her sister, Cassie (Abigail Casandra of Wildhorn,) who lived with Matt Walter on a six
hundred-acre farm in Wisconsin, was a full time working farm dog. She excelled at
managing hogs. In fact she preferred hogs to all other animals. Hogs
are very difficult to manage as they are very smart, strong, mean and have
sharp teeth which they will use. She
was the best “hog dog they had ever seen” and could “turn livestock”
better than any other dog. The family had always had Australian Cattle
Dogs (Blue Heelers.)
Unfortunately, Cassie was killed in an accident.
can be trained for sheep but they are true drovers and are often too rough
for sheep. They were bred to move very large animals such as cows, horses
and hogs that don’t
necessarily want to be moved. The jumping that Entles are famous for is
very useful for hurling oneself against the shoulder of a cow that needs
to be turned and isn’t responding to barking and heel nips.
Photo, "Dolomite of Wildhorn".
have another Wildhorn pup now successfully working with cattle in
Montana, "Jasmine of Wildhorn" (Kova).
If you are interested in herding competition
or just want more information about herding, visit this
Entles are ideal obedience dogs, however, as with most independent thinking herding and guardian dogs, they can be
stubborn at times and are bored with too much repetition. Keep the
training fun but be consistent. Enroll in training classes. Pick a trainer
that is recommended by someone whose opinion you trust.
Classes are not
necessarily just attended by inexperienced owners. Most experienced owners
and obedience competitors attend classes to keep themselves and their dogs
on their respective toes. Class participants also learn from one another
and help one another with common behavioral problems.
Puppy classes are a must.
Not just for the actual very basic obedience training, but more
importantly for the pup's socialization with other puppies. Even if you
do not plan to pursue an Obedience title you should follow up with at
least a basic adult obedience course and preferably also an advanced
class. You will so appreciate the results and you and your dog will be
all the happier and well adjusted for it.
can earn obedience titles through the American Kennel Club and the
Canadian Kennel Club.
If you get a pup, sign up for the AKC S.T.A.R.
Puppy Program with a qualified trainer in your community.
Check it out!
Welcome to the AKC S.T.A.R.
Gidget of Wildhorn
Search and Rescue
Entles are intelligent, agile, and have the
strength, stamina and willingness to please that are necessary in SAR
dogs. In addition, their medium size makes it possible to access search
areas that larger dogs cannot. there are currently some Entles being
trained for SAR.
For information on SAR check this link.
Entles are in their
element on camping and hiking excursions. It's a natural environment for
them. They used to spend their summers high in the Alps, guarding and
moving cows. This is something that they can start when very young.
dog pictured to the right is Benjamin Eli of Wildhorn (Rowdy) who
began wilderness backpacking as a pup in Colorado. Rowdy now lives in
Alaska. Below left, Ellie of Wildhorn at Hueco Wall.
Ellie lives in Colorado.
right is Bravo Victor of Wildhorn (Bravo) . They
live and hike in Arizona. Bravo is also a Platinum level Flyball
competitor and is active in agility and freestyle. He also has a dock
jumping title. My pups are very lucky!!
have great noses, supposedly the best of the Swiss Mountain breeds and
comparable to that of a German Shepherd. Puppies can be started as young
as four months if it is presented as a fun game.
was my first tracking dog. She loved it and so do I.
With Oona gone, I started
with Mira. She
loved it and had great aptitude. Elka does also but it is hard to work
between litters with breeding bitches. I sometimes go out with a tracking group on Sunday morning. For me it is a
great excuse to spend hours
with one of my dogs enjoying the
scenery with good dog people.
Entlefest, here in Ohio in August of 2002 and again in 2006, we held Tracking workshops.
Not to my surprise, every Entle we started showed aptitude for tracking.
They can and will do anything their owner wants them to do, and do it well
Entlebuchers are now able
to compete in AKC companion events which includes Tracking.
Entlefest in Utah in 2001, there was a weight pulling demo by Greater
Swiss owned by our friends Karen Becker and Michael Reddin. After the demo
we tried some Entles with some small harnesses. Lida at, 45 pounds, pulled
the most, 500 pounds.
were encouraged by Karen & Michael to pursue the sport when we got
back to Ohio. We found and attended one competition . Lida
pulled 705 pounds, on grass, which constituted the first leg of a weight
pulling title. (That was 15 X her body weight. The photo
below is of Lida pulling at the actual meet.)
I did not pursue this
sport. In January of 2002, Lida
became deathly ill with a rare strain of leptospirosis and nearly died of
She fully recovered but I was reluctant reluctant to train her to
competitively pull and quite frankly this sport was not that captivating to
me. I believe there is an Entle in the west that
may be competitively pulling.
more information and to find pulling contests in your area try this link.www.iwpa.net
flyball because it is a competitive, fast-paced game of fetch, and
nothing that many Entles like better than a game of fetch! Flyball is
a dog team relay sport: Four dogs and their handlers, and up to two
alternates, make up one team. Two teams at a time race each other:
Each dog on each team takes a turn running down a 51-foot course over
a set of four hurdles, releasing a tennis ball from a Flyball box, and
racing back over the hurdles with the ball. The first team to send and
return all four dogs without error wins the heat.
make outstanding Flyball dogs because of their stamina, focus, and
incredible drive. To learn more about Entles in Flyball go to
www.flyballdogs.com/redrockets, or for general
Flyball information go to the North American Flyball
Canine Freestyle is, in
my opinion, the ultimate test of obedience training. According to
the Canine Freestyle Association "Canine
Freestyle is a choreographed performance organized with music,
illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and
To me it
is a absolute joy to watch and I am envious of the relationship
between the handler and the dog. I can only watch in rapt
amazement..... I can't dance.
Hephzibah (Alida's littermate) and Teri Beeman (photo to the
right) have numerous titles. Teri also teaches freestyle
If you want to
learn more visit the Canine Freestyle Association at
Federation: home page
Although we have
several Entles successful with this sport, I don't have any links to
Entlebuchers doing freestyle but here is one to the Golden Retriever
that in large part is responsible for it's popularity. Rookie is
retired now. YouTube
- Carolyn Scott & Rookie
not truly an ability but I am compelled to mention the Entles
affinity for travel. I am not sure it is entirely the actual travel that
is so appealing to them but more the idea of being with their person in
whatever circumstance that may befall him/her.
My Entles are
always ready to leap into the SUV when a door is opened and scramble to
get into a crate. (They travel in crates as I believe it to be safest for
them.) I choose to believe that they are also excited and curious about our
next adventure. Often they can tell where we are going or at least why we
are going by the equipment that gets packed. Tracking harnesses get Mira
a-twitter while a grooming box or the first aid kit which used to be
the grooming box got Henri going as he loved dog
shows. You get the point.
In any case
they are delightful traveling companions. At every friend's home or motel
they act as though we have reached our final destination and are very much
relaxed and at home. They very much model their human's
summer Alida and Mira accompanied me in my
Jeep to Wisconsin to visit the Hesseforts and their Wildhorn pup, Maddie,
then onto Montana to visit the Taylors and then to Utah to Jan
It was a
wonderful trip. The only drawback was that I was limited on the sight
seeing other than from the car as I won't leave them unattended in a car.
A small price to pay for the companionship. The photo is of the Girls and I in the
Badlands. A kind stranger took it for us.
I have never
had an Entle, regardless of age, get motion sick, plane or car.