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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

.. “is a Draft and Drover breed and should structurally appear as such. 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.”

Size, Proportion, and Substance

Height at the highest point on the shoulder is ideally:

Dogs: 25.5 to 28.5 inches

Bitches: 23.5 to 27 inches

Body length to height is approximately a 10: 9 proportion, thus appearing slightly longer than tall. It is ​a heavy boned and well muscled dog of sturdy appearance.

Living with a Swissy

If properly trained and socialized from a young age, the Swissy ​can be a joyful addition to your home. The breed was originally ​developed to be an all around farm dog used to pull carts and drive ​cattle in Switzerland. Therefore, owners must anticipate these dogs ​will pull against resistance and possess a prey drive.

Swissies are dogs of moderate energy level and are most ​balanced when living with their people. As a sentinel breed, they ​will bark or alert to changes in their environment, however, they are ​not considered a guardian breed. The links listed to the left have ​more details regarding the Swissy temperament and whether they ​may be the right fit for the dynamic in your home.

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Health Considerations

Generally speaking, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of about 8-10 years. ​While many Swissies live into their early teens, there is always the potential of an untimely loss. ​The health concerns that affect Swissies are experienced by all large breed dogs and can ​include:

Additional information on health concerns related to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can ​be found at the GSMDCA website here.

Health Clearances

Breeding dogs comes with its challenges, but an ​ethical breeder will make every effort to produce dogs ​that are healthy, structurally sound, and with predictable ​temperaments. This includes completing breed ​appropriate health clearances and DNA tests which can ​provide valuable information about the health and ​suitability of a dog to be used for breeding.

For the Swissy, these appropriate health tests can ​include evaluation of the dog’s hips (OFA/PennHip), ​elbows (OFA/PennHip), shoulders (OFA), eyes (CERF), ​as well as DNA testing for platelet disorders. These tests ​help responsible breeders make breeding decisions, but ​they do not guarantee that a puppy will not develop a ​hereditary condition.

Further Health References:

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Puppy Information

Our mission at Springcroft Swissies is to produce, raise and preserve well balanced, healthy, and correct ​Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs that are trusted companions for future generations to cherish.

All puppies are raised in our home to desensitize them to the home environment and start their ​journey to being well socialized canine citizens. Puppies will be AKC registered and have lifetime ​microchip enrollment before leaving for their new homes. First immunization in the puppy series will be ​completed as well as appropriate deworming. Puppies will receive a structural and temperament ​evaluation prior to being matched and placed. All puppies are matched to homes best suited for the ​success of each individual puppy at the breeder’s discretion.

Puppies will be placed with either a limited or full AKC registration. Puppies with a full AKC registration ​will be co-owned with the breeder. All puppies are sold on a contract indicating that if the buyer is ​unable to keep or provide for the puppy, that the puppy is to be returned to its breeder regardless of ​situation or circumstance. No questions asked.

Puppies can be picked up at Springcroft Farm or other arrangements can be made. Puppies can also ​fly with their new owners in the cabin in an airline approved carrier, but will not be shipped in cargo. ​Local airports include Orlando International Airport (MCO), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and ​Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Additional travel rates will apply to deliver a puppy to one of ​these airports.

If you are interested in a Springcroft Swissy, please complete our puppy application provided at the link ​below and return to us at

Puppy Application

Promise’s pregnancy as been confirmed and we are expecting puppies the first week of January ​2024! If you would like to be considered for a puppy from this litter, please complete and return ​the puppy application above!

branchs and blue sky





MBISS GCHP Blue View’s Time To Start The Fire ​At Casserly FDC CGC TKN FITB BCAT NDD

OFA: Fair - Normal Elbows, Shoulders, & Eyes

CHIC 154041

Sire: GCHS Suma’s Starting the Fire FDC CGC

Dam: CH Blue View’s Fresh Air CGC, RN, NDD

GCH Cherished Nothing But The Truth

OFA: Good - Normal Elbows, Shoulders, & Eyes

CHIC 185650

Sire: Cherished Shepherd’s The Winter Tail CGC TKN RN NWPD

Dam: NBISS MBOSS GCHS CH Cherished I Never Met A ​Chocolate I Didn’t Like BN CGCA CGCU WWDS NDD PT

To learn more about Casey, the stud to this litter,

click here.

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Current Litter

Promise x Casey had 6 puppies on 1/2/23, 3 boys and 3 girls. Promise and ​puppies are doing well!

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1/9/24 - Promise x Casey puppies are one week old today!

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Ailis earns her CD in obedience at the MADTA ​Obedience Trial in Ocala, FL. This title also ​qualifies her for her VGS title from the Greater ​Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America.


Promise earns her GCH at the Greenville ​Kennel Club show in Greenvillle, SC.


Promise confirmed pregnant, puppies expected 1/2024! Please see ​Puppy Information page for more details!


Promise x Casey puppies delivered, 3 boys & 3 girls! Please see Puppy ​Information page for more details!

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GCH Cherished Nothing But The Truth

7/29/23 Promise at 2 yr old in Greenville, SC

Birthdate: January 27, 2021

AKC #: WS71777506

Sire: Cherished Shepherd The Winter’s Tail CGC TKN RN NWPD

Dam: NBISS MBOSS GCHS CH Cherished I Never Met a Chocolate I Didn’t Like ​BN CGCA CGCU WWDS NDD PT

Breeder: Kim Woollard

Height: 26.5 inches Weight: 104 lb

4/16/22 Promise at 14 months old in Perry, GA


8/14/21 - WB/BOW/BP in Tampa, FL

9/21/21 - BOS Futurity Puppy at GSMDCA National in Westfield, MA

12/17/21 - BOB AKC Puppy Stakes in Orlando, FL

4/14/22 - WB/BOW for 3pt major in Perry, GA

4/15/22 - WB for 3pt major in Perry, GA

4/16/22 - WB/BOW for 5pt major in Perry, GA

4/17/22 - WB/BOW/BP for 5pt major in Perry, GA (CH)

7/9/22 - BOS/BOBOH in Ocala, FL

7/10/22 - SB/BOBOH/OHG2 in Ocala, FL

10/8/22 - BOS in Augusta, GA

10/9/22 - BOS in Augusta, GA

2/18/23 - BOS in Lakeland, FL

2/19/23 - BOS/BOBOH in Lakeland, FL

2/25/23 - BOS/BOBOH/OHG4 in Tallahassee, FL

2/26/23 - BOS/BOBOH/OHG4 in Tallahassee, FL

3/10/23 - SB in Raleigh, NC

3/11/23 - SB in Raleigh, NC

4/8/23 - BOB/BOBOH in Elkton, FL

7/8/23 - BOB/BOBOH in Ocala, FL

7/9/23 - BOB/BOBOH in Ocala, FL

7/27/23 - SB in Greenville, SC

7/29/23 - BOB in Greenville, SC (GCH)

7/30/23 - SB in Greenville, SC

Promise is a delightfully fun girl! She is a social butterfly with a ​strong drive and an affinity for her plush toys. She’s also an ​affectionate girl who doesn’t want to be left out of the action!

Promise is the foundation bitch for Springcroft’s breeding ​program.

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Fireside’s Scandal At Helwater CD, CGCA, TKI, DD, ​WPD, WWDX, HWD, VGS

Ailis earning her Draft Dog title in 2021.

Birthdate: March 23, 2017

AKC #: WS56909802

Sire: MISS GCHS Fireside’s Pick Me Out A Winner CD, RN, AXP, MJP, MDD2, ​WWD, WPDX, BDD, VGS, TT, HWD

Dam: Aegis Wicked Big Nor’Easter

Breeder: Laura Bullock

Height: 27 inches Weight: 83lb

Ailis earning a leg of her WPD title in 2020.

Ailis earning a leg of her WWDX title and ​MWPP at Swissypalooza 2021.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”


Ailis is the OG Swissy at Springcroft. She has been a ​GSMDCA breed ambassador and is best known for her work ​ethic and sweet temperament. Ailis loves puppies and is the ​best “Auntie” a breeding program could hope for.

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In Memoriam:


CH Matterhorn’s Queen Of Hearts RN, PT, NWPD, ​BN, NDD, DD, CD, VGS

12/27/11 - 11/11/20

AKC #: WS39589903

Sire: GCH Korona Rossii Yaroslav NWPD, WWD, RN, ROM, WPD, CD, VGS

Dam: CH Matterhorn’s High Wind Advisory

Breeder: Laurie Carmody

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Dee was a lively, loving presence with a comical nature that endeared her to anyone ​she met. She was my stuffie-loving, popcorn-catching, ball fetching, ninja kisser with a ​wicked thunder paw.. and I miss her fiercely. She had a full and accomplished life ​before I met her and am grateful to have shared the last three years of her life with her.

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About Us

Springcroft Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs is located on ​Springcroft Farm in Ocala, FL. Michelle Hinshaw is the ​owner and operator and got her start in Swissies in ​2017 with her first GSMD, Ailis. Dee followed shortly ​after and Promise joined the farm in 2021. Prior to ​Swissies, Michelle owned and trained Bernese ​Mountain Dogs and Kerry Blue Terriers.

We are members of the following:

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America

Southbound Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club

Greater Ocala Dog Club

Marion-Alachua Dog Training Club

c/o Michelle Hinshaw

Ocala, FL


phone: 352.355.7510

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