Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Fun Facts: "They are a thinking dog," says Jan Vincent, president of the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association. Originally from Switzerland, the dogs are so smart that Swiss farmers are known to fill a cart with containers of milk, and the Entlebucher then takes the cart by himself to a cheese maker. The loyal breed is also versatile, earning it the nickname "Swiss Army Knife" of dogs. "They can do just about anything," says Vincent. "They excel at obedience, rally, confirmation, and as therapy dogs."
Strengths: They don't wander, and know how to keep an eye on family members. "They call them 'watch-over dogs,'" says Vincent, noting that all five of her Entlebuchers lay by her side as she spoke to a reporter. "They are so sweet."