This large and friendly breed is one of the most recognizable Swiss breeds. They were originally used as farm dogs in the canton of Bern but have gained popularity worldwide due to their gentle nature and striking appearance.
Originating in the Swiss Alps, the St. Bernard is famously known as a rescue dog. The breed's history is tied to the St. Bernard Hospice, a traveler's hospice on the often treacherous Great St. Bernard Pass.
This breed is the largest of the Sennenhund (Swiss mountain dogs) and has a striking tricolor coat. Like the Bernese, they were used as general farm dogs.
A herding dog by origin, the Appenzeller is a medium-sized breed characterized by its agility and high energy levels.
The smallest of the Sennenhund breeds, the Entlebucher is a cattle herding dog known for its intelligence and energy.
While this breed looks similar to the White German Shepherd, it has been recognized as a separate breed in Switzerland and has gained popularity due to its friendly nature and striking appearance.
Many of the Swiss breeds were originally working dogs, used for purposes ranging from herding to guarding and even rescue. While these breeds are still used for working purposes in some areas, they are also popular family pets both in Switzerland and around the world.
Switzerland's urban and rural landscapes can accommodate a variety of breeds, and as with any country, individual preferences can vary. Popular global breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and various small breeds can also be commonly found in Swiss households. If you're looking for current popularity rankings, consulting Swiss kennel club statistics or surveys would provide the most up-to-date information.