Remembering Rafa (Torfheide Alan)

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Rafa of a tumour on his spleen. Rafa was 12 years old and passed away last month. He is survived by his brothers Ari and Amigo and sister Soggi, but will be reunited across the rainbow bridge with his siblings Dora, Addie and Arnie. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved Rafa. Rest in peace, Rafa.

A Lovely Autumn Walk

23rd September saw another Entlebucher Club walk, this time in the beautiful setting of Tittesworth Reservoir, just outside Leek, Staffordshire. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone for all 5 miles of the walk, a welcome change from the wind and rain of the previous day. Arthur, Barli, Izzy and Salvo walked the 5 miles around the reservoir with their humans. Bella, at 4 1/2 months was a little too young to walk the whole route, but joined her Entlebucher friends, for the first and last half mile and lunch afterwards.

With thanks to Mike Scott for this photo of Bella (left), Arthur, Barli, Izzy and Salvo (Back-Front) and their humans, at the end of the walk.

We’ll be arranging more walks next year – check here or your inbox for details of where and when – we’d love to see you.

Brain Training and Fun in the Sun

On 29th July, the Club held a very successful Northern Fun Day in Tholthorpe North Yorkshire. 11 Entlebuchers enjoyed the early afternoon, running around in the sun, renewing old friendships and making new ones, followed by a couple of hours proving that they’re a pretty clever breed.

The training started with some exercises in the sun, with the Entlebuchers learning how to be more aware of different parts of their bodies – stepping through ladders, standing on boxes and jumping over poles. Then the fun moved inside, learning how to retrieve hidden treats, to impress our friends with our paw skills and even how to read. (I told you they were clever).

When the fun had finished, everyone had a well earned rest and Babeli was awarded the Alfie Dog Memorial Shield for all she’s done for the breed.

Thank you to Caroline Penistone for keeping everyone, dogs and owners, challenged and entertained. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

If you’d like to come to a future fun day, please look out for details which will be posted here and on our Facebook Page.

Alfie Norfolkfields – 30 September 2010 – 12 July 2023

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that Alfie Norfolkfields crossed the rainbow bridge on Wednesday. He would have been 13 in September.

His owners say “Our gorgeous, bouncy, eternal puppy is no longer by our sides and my heart is broken. They say you never need to call for your Entlebucher because he’s already there. Now that he isn’t, the emptiness is so hard to bear. I feel grateful for the thirteen years we’ve had together though and all the laughter and joy he’s brought our family. He was truly a once in a lifetime dog and we were lucky to have him. Run free Alfie boy – we will never forget you and all our adventures”

Our love goes out to Alfie’s family.

Run Free Alfs.

Breeding Test (Ankörung) – Saturday 16th September

Norton Lindsey, Warwickshire, CV35 8JQ

If you are interested in breeding from your dog or in your dog becoming a stud dog then there are three parts to the testing. The health tests, a character test and a test of conformation to breed standard. The health tests we can guide you through but require veterinary bookings with appropriate specialists. The character and conformation tests are run by the Club and have to be passed in order for your dog to be given Club
approval for breeding. This is entirely modelled on the Swiss system and is designed to ensure that the breed remains fit for purpose, true to breed type and of good character going forward.

We offer the character and conformation tests twice a year in May and September, with the next one being on Saturday 16th September 2023. To be entered for the Club Breeding Test your dog must be at least 18 months of age at the time of the test. The entry form which must be returned and payment for the test made to the Club account by Friday 18th August latest. The test will only run if we have entries and so that those running the tests have sufficient notice whether the test will be going ahead or not late entries will not be possible. The next test after this will be in May 2024 so bear this in mind if you are thinking of breeding from your dog and wanting to plan timings of when a first litter might take place.

If you want to know more of what is involved then please speak to Ros, Robyn, Sarah or your dog’s breeder and we can go through this in detail. We can also provide links to videos of previous tests and advice sheets to help you prepare and understand what your dog will undertake.

For those of you who do not wish to breed from your dog but who would like to either help or see what the tests entail, please email so that wecan provide you with details. We do need a few helpers to assist with the character testing.

Entlebucher Dog Walk – Saturday 23rd September

Tittesworth Reservoir, Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SW

We’ll be meeting in the main car park, in front of the visitor centre, at 11.00am for a 5 mile walk around the reservoir. There are a couple of short uphill sections, but this is an easy walk, with refreshments available from the cafe at the visitor centre for anyone wanting to stay on after the walk. There are opportunities for off lead walking.

Details of the reservoir and how to get there, can be found here –

Please email if planning to attend.

Northern Fun Day – Saturday 29th July

Brain Games for your Dog – with trainer Caroline Penistone

12:30-15:30 Kyle Valley Scouts, Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire
Address: Back Lane, Tholthorpe YO61 1SN

This promises to be an excellent and rewarding day for your dogs. Caroline previously gave us an introduction to Treibball and all the dogs and owners who attended that session had a very good day. This time Caroline will look at ways to keep our dogs stimulated and mentally active, which is definitely of benefit to any of our breed.

As this is a full fun day, the charge will be £2 per adult, free for dogs and children. The scout field gives plenty of space for your dogs to have a good run away from traffic. Fun days are a great way to meet other dogs and owners and share the joys and tribulations of owning our wonderful breed. Those waiting for puppies are always very welcome to attend. Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to bring a picnic lunch.

Please email if planning to attend

Agility Fun Day – Saturday 22nd April

Our Agility Fun Day will be at Ryslip Kennels, Binfield, RG42 5NL (Easy Access from M3 and M4) on Saturday 22nd April at 1pm.

Adults £2 – children and dogs free

No previous experience needed. Bring your dog and have some fun meeting other owners and trying out the agility course.  Don’t forget to bring some treats to encourage your dog and an umbrella might be a good idea, as it’s outdoors.

Please let us know if you are coming by emailing

Another successful Entlebucher walk

On 5 March, the Club held its second Entlebucher walk of the year, this time at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch. Although it was very cold, four Entlebuchers came along – Albert, Izzy, Salvo and Wilma – and enjoyed an on and off lead walk over about 4 miles of parkland and lanes. Unfortunately there are no photographs this time, but safe to say everyone had a great time.

Watch out here for details of future walks.

If you have a favourite walk near you and would like to arrange a group walk so that other Entlebuchers can enjoy it with you, we’d love to hear about it so that we can help with advertising the details. Contact us at