Entlebuchers are very lively, happy dogs. They
are always ready for action, at a moment's notice. When I initially read
that they were "cheerful" dogs I was not quite sure what that meant. Trust
me, it means exactly what it means when used to describe people.
They are not well
suited to kennel life. Their whole purpose in life is to be near their
human/s, ready to do their bidding. They have been bred from stock that,
for centuries, worked hard from dawn to dusk to earn their keep. Those
instincts are very strong. They are "thinking dogs." They are absolutely
devoted to their family, sociable with those they know (assuming that
their owner likes the person), somewhat suspicious of strangers, and they
can be downright formidable when protecting home and family from genuine
admirable traits require, as with all herding and guardian breeds, that
the puppy be well socialized from birth, and well trained from an early
age. They are very pack oriented (even if an only dog, their family is
their pack) and must understand that they are not the alpha in the family.
They tend to play very roughly with other dogs but are normally not dog
aggressive, especially if socialized with other dogs at an early age. This
can easily be accomplished with puppy obedience classes, which are usually
puppy socialization classes. Talk to a local trainer about such classes.
Make sure you use a
trainer that is well experienced with herding breeds. Uninformed trainers
may mistakenly identify typical herding puppy behaviors as dominance or
aggression problems. I believe that it is easy to "screw up" an Entle with
improper handling and bad advice from trainers who use punitive methods.
No Alpha rolls with this breed, it creates aggression not resolves it!
Positive reinforcement is what Entles respond to. They very much want to
please. Often trainers interpret Entle rough play as aggression and
respond inappropriately. Get as much good advice as you can from a good
breeder and if possible some Entle owners with happy, well adjusted