The Appenzeller Sennenhunde was developed as an all-around farm dog breed, who was kept busy guarding the farm, herding the livestock, and pulling carts in Switzerland. Today’s Appenzeller has still had enough energy, self-confidence, smarts — but he has the issue of having low-maintenance. They are really good dog breeds and the dogs of this kind of breed require a lot of training, exercise, and work to do.
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
Need to Know about Appenzeller Sennenhunde
The breed is well-known as the Appenzeller Mountain Dog as well. He was an all-around farm dog at the beginning — pulling carts, herding livestock, and guarding the farm in the Appenzell area of Switzerland.
Today’s Appenzeller is a versatile family and working dog who is cheerful, smart, reliable, self-confident, and fearless. His little alertness to the strangers and has got the tendency to bark that makes him a reliable watchdog. If he gets a lot of initial socialization, he does not get overly dubious. He is not the best dog because of his bark if you have nearby neighbors.
If they were livestock to be herded, he may nip at the heels of children in spite of being a great friend of children. Younger Appenzeller is big and cheerful enough to fall little kids accidentally because of having a lot of energy and a strong work ethic, an inactive lifestyle does not suit this breed. He will be an unhappy camper if you don’t provide him with training and a dog sport or a job he can do. He needs a lot of stimulation and exercise like other dog breeds; if he does not get it, he might grow destructive and bored. He is excellent at herding, agility, and obedience trials.
Males: standing 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder
Females: 19.5 to 21 inches
Weight: about 48 to 55 pounds