The greater Swiss mountain dog is a draft and drover breed. It is a striking, tri-colored, large, powerful, confident dog of sturdy appearance. It is a heavy-boned and well-muscled dog which, in spite of its size and weight, is agile enough to perform the all-purpose farm duties of the mountainous regions of its origin. Today, the “Swissy” is primarily a family dog, though the working dog aptitude remains strong. Swissys love their people and thrive on being around family members. They can be great with children but they are not for every type of family.