The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.
Intelligent, alert, and usually gentle dogs. Good Watchdogs.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs enjoy dog sports such as carting or drafting, herding, tracking, agility, and both rally and competitive obedience.
Can be good hiking companions.