Appenzeller Sennenhund

Also Called: Appenzeller Cattle Dog Appenzell Cattle Dog Appenzell Mountain Dog Appenzeller Mountain Dog

Appenzeller Sennenhund
Affection Level Cuddly
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Moderate
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Easy
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a Herding dog breed native to Switzerland and is the smallest of the four Swiss Sennenhund breeds. They are compact and well-muscled, also possessing an intelligent and alert personality. The Appenzeller is a highly versatile breed, being used for herding, tracking, as a draft animal and search and rescue.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Herding Dog
  • Life Span: 10-12 years
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: 25-50 lbs
  • Coat: Dense and thick double coat
  • Coat Colors: Black,White
  • Litter Size: 2-8 puppies
  • Family: Herding Dog
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC, UKC
  • Size: Medium

Training and Care

Appenzeller Sennenhunds are relatively easy to train, having very good problem solving skills, but they can still learn some bad habits from lack of obedience training. As with most active herding breeds, Appenzeller Sennenhunds require plenty of exercise to stay healthy and prevent behavioral issues from being bored. Proper socialization with other animals and people is also important.

Diet and Nutrition

The Appenzeller Sennenhund should be fed a high-quality diet with all-natural, nutritious ingredients. It is important to provide your pup with the protein and carbohydrates they need for energy, as well as healthy fats for joint health and skin and coat. Feeding your Appenzeller according to their age, weight, and activity level is recommended.

Health Problems

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is generally a healthy breed with few serious genetic health concerns. However, there are still a few common and potential health issues that owners should be aware of. These include hip dysplasia, eye problems, and skin allergies.

Breed History

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a centuries old herding dog breed originating in Switzerland. They were originally used by farmers and shepherds to herd cattle, guard livestock, and protected their homes. The Appenzeller was nearly extinct after World War II, but slowly made a comeback in the 1980s.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Appenzeller Sennenhunds can be purchased from reputable breeders or you can check with your local animal shelters or rescue organizations. Appenzellers should never be purchased from pet shops or puppy mills, as these dogs are often the victims of inhumane breeding practices. Prices for Appenzeller puppies can range from $800 to $1,500.

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