"They do not require special training in order to become something useful.
They are praised above all for incorruptible loyalty, watchfulness and attentiveness.
Many develop quite special intelligence in protecting and watching, for example in holding horses, guarding the car, knowing exact property boundaries, protection of children and women.
Driving and searching for lost cattle are more or less innate in all.
The dog needs only opportunity and examples, no special training.
They usually go very well on foot and behind the wagon.
They are, if not spoiled when young, gentle with chickens and cats."
- Dr. H.c. Hans Raeber
Die Schweizer Hunderassen, 1980
Quoting an earlier account of Professor Albert Heim c. 1900