SWISSES AND CHILDREN
These photos are not here to demonstrate how wonderful Swissies are with children, but rather to illustrate how these large, powerful dogs stack up against a couple 2-4 year old children. There is much hype on the internet about the Swissy being the "ideal family dog." Unfortunately, this is leading to the misconception that GSMDs are little more than larger, tricolored Labradors. This is definitely not the case. Typical GSMDs are, by nature, more independent than Labs, as in independent-minded (not to be confused with aloof, which Swissies most definitely ARE NOT). Their desire to please themselves is naturally stronger than their desire to please you. They tend to be more protective and wary of strangers than Labs. They are certainly larger and more powerful. As retrievers, Labs are born with soft mouths. GSMDs have a strong herding/prey drive, and many enjoy chasing and nipping at moving appendages (as well as moving little people). Swissy puppies must be taught bite inhibition and to use a soft mouth. Swissies are, on the whole, more challenging, slower to train, and require a great deal of time and commitment toward training and socialization...especially through the first two years of their lives.