from the Italian Alps to the Appalachians in North America. Certain breeds, like Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds, 

were deliberately bred by humans to prepare them for specialized vocations or mountain life,

while other breeds, like Caucasian Shepherd Dogs, evolved naturally in mountainous areas 

. As long as you can tolerate all the drool, most mountain dogs are tough cookies with soft 

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Mountain dog breeds are those that were created to live, work, and play in high altitudes all over the world 

Although every dog is unique and has a distinct personality, you may quickly identify several common characteristics across mountain breeds. 

Big: While not all mountain dogs reach gigantic sizes, several do reach weights of over 100 pounds and heights of over 30 inches.