Appenzeller Sennenhunde

The Appenzeller originated as an all-around farm dog breed, who stayed busy herding the livestock, guarding the farm, and pulling carts in his native Switzerland. Today’s Appenzellers have still got the energy, smarts, and self-confidence that makes for valuable working dogs — but they’re anything but low-maintenance. Dogs of this breed need lots of exercise, training, and a job to do.

See below for full Appenzeller Sennenhunde characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
1
Good For Novice Owners
3
Sensitivity Level
3
Tolerates Being Alone
1
Tolerates Cold Weather
5
Tolerates Hot Weather
4

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
5
Dog Friendly
3
Friendly Toward Strangers
2

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
3
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
5
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
3
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
4
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
5
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
5
Wanderlust Potential
3

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
4
Exercise Needs
5
Potential For Playfulness
4

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Herding Dogs
Height:
1 foot, 7 inches to 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
48 to 55 pounds
Life Span:
9 to 12 years

More About This Breed

  • Also known as the Appenzeller Mountain Dog, this is the rarest of the four ancient Swiss mountain dog breeds. He got his start as an all-around farm dog — herding livestock, pulling carts, and guarding the farm — in the Appenzell region of Switzerland.

    Today the Appenzeller's known for being a versatile working and family dog who's smart, cheerful, self-assured, reliable, and fearless. His slight wariness around strangers and tendency to bark makes him a good watchdog, but he needs lots of early socialization so he doesn't become overly suspicious. And because of his barkiness, he's not the best dog if you have nearby neighbors.

    He's a great friend of children, but may nip at their heels as if they were livestock to be herded; younger Appenzellers are big and exuberant enough to accidentally knock over small kids.

    Because he's got a strong work ethic and lots of energy, this breed isn't suited to an inactive lifestyle. Provide him with training and a job or dog sport he can do, or he'll be an unhappy camper. Like other breeds that need lots of exercise and stimulation, he can grow bored and destructive if he doesn't get it. He excels at agility, herding, and obedience trials. At home, teach your Appenzeller to pull a cart with your gardening supplies.

  • Size

    Males stand 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder; females,19.5 to 21 inches. Weight ranges from about 48 to 55 pounds.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    Appenzellers have a thick, shiny topcoat in black or brown with tan and white markings, covering a thick black, brown, or gray undercoat. The tan markings are symmetrical and appear over the eyes and on the cheeks, chest, and legs. The white markings include a blaze on the face, white from the chin to the chest, white on all four feet, and a white tail tip.

    They have an easy-care coat that needs only regular brushing to stay in good shape, but Appenzellers do shed.