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Appenzeller Sennenhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

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Appenzeller Sennenhund
OriginSwitzerland
Other Names
What other names does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? The dog breed also known as...
Appenzeller, Appenzell Cattle Dog, Appenzeller Mountain Dog, Entlebucher Sennenhund, Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Appenzeller Sennenhund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Appenzeller Sennenhund price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Appenzeller Sennenhund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Appenzeller Sennenhund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Appenzeller Sennenhund gets to a happy place.

Appenzeller Sennenhund History

The earliest origins of the Appenzeller Sennenhund are largely unknown as it was developed before written records were kept of dog breeding. According to a theory, Sennenhunds are descended from the ancient Molossus breed brought to the region by the Romans. The Appenzeller Sennenhund is native to the Alpine region of Appenzell, located in the far northeast of Switzerland. The breed is one of four closely related breeds of Sennenhund, also known as Swiss Mountain Dogs or Swiss Cattle Dogs. The other three are the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. There is substantial debate as to how the Sennenhunds should be classified, with many sources placing them with the Mastiff/Molosser/Alaunt family and just as many placing them with the Pinscher/Schnauzer family.

Despite the uncertainty of the breed’s start, it’s well established that the Appenzeller was part of daily life in the Alps by the 1800s. In fact, the earliest published description of the breed is dated from 1853 in a text entitled ‘Tierieben der Alpenwelt’ (Animal Life in the Alps), describes the breed as “a clearly barking, short-haired, medium size, multicolor cattle dog of a quite even Spitz-type which can be found in certain regions and is used the party to guard the homestead, partly to herd cattle”. Moreover, these dogs were kept mostly by dairy farmers across Switzerland, earning the name Sennenhund, which loosely translates to ‘Dairy Farmer Dog’. Their primary task, as mentioned in the quotation, was to drive cattle from the remote countryside to population centers where they could be sold and butchered, although they also served the same purpose on the farms. The remote Swiss valleys in which these dogs lived have long been home to dangerous creatures such as wolves and human thieves. Farmers greatly preferred these dogs, as they were willing and able to protect their families from such dangers, or at least warn them. As a result, the breed became a highly protective and very skilled guard dog. For many centuries, and possibly millennia, the Appenzeller Sennenhun and its relatives faithfully served the farmers of Switzerland. They were being actively used considerably longer than similar breeds found in other countries, as modern technology came to the Alps later than almost anywhere else in Western Europe. However, change eventually came by the end of the 19th century, and Sennenhunds were being replaced. New methods of transportation such as the train and automobile began to render the Sennenhunds obsolete. Many different varieties disappeared altogether, and eventually, only four remained. The Appenzeller Sennenhound began to decline as well, but it never reached quite the desperate state of the other three breeds.

Moreover, in the late 1800s, a forester from the Appenzeller region named Max Siber recognized the need for a breeding program and standard to preserve these special dogs. In 1896, he formally requested the aid of the Swizz Kennel Club to save the breed, and eventually, public funding was given for the breeding and raising of Appenzeller Sennenhunds. The Swiss Kennel Club formed a special commission at a fair in which 9 male and 7 female breed members were exhibited. The club decided on essential breed characteristics and began including Appenzeller Sennenhunds at its shows in the new class specifically created for cattle dogs. At around the same time that Max Siber was trying to save the breed, the internationally recognized scientist Doctor Albert Heim was doing the same for the other surviving Sennenhunds. Heim and his supporters collected the last examples of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog and began to breed them. Shortly after, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was rediscovered after it was believed to have gone extinct, and this breed was added to Heim’s efforts as well. From a very early date, Heim was also interested in preserving the Appenzeller and greatly aided the breed’s recovery efforts. In 1906, Heim organized the Appenzeller Sennenhund Club to promote and protect the breed in its natural state. Studbooks were kept for the first time in the breed’s history and in 1914 Heim wrote the first written standard for the Appenzeller Sennenhund. The breed quickly spread throughout Switzerland where they found many fanciers interested in preserving the native breed. For a period between the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Appenzeller was the most popular of all Sennenhunds. However, this situation has changed dramatically, and the other three breeds gradually became more popular, especially the Bernese Mountain Dog.

In recent years, the Appenzeller Sennenhun’s numbers have been increasing outside of Switzerland, but only slowly and the breed is still considered to be quite rare. In 1993, the United Kennel Club granted formal recognition to the breed as a member of the Guardian Dog Group, under the name Appenzeller. A small number of Appenzeller fanciers and breeders in the United States and Canada got together to form the Appenzeller Mountain Dog Club of America. Their eventual goal was to earn full recognition with the American Kennel Club, a status that has already been achieved by the other three Sennenhund breeds. By 2007, the breed had been entered in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service Program, which means that the organization supports the breed’s development efforts but it’s not yet registered with the AKC.

Appenzeller Sennenhund General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Appenzeller Sennenhund size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Appenzeller Sennenhund weigh? Appenzeller Sennenhund weight:
49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Appenzeller Sennenhund? Appenzeller Sennenhund average weight:
60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
How tall is the Appenzeller Sennenhund? Appenzeller Sennenhund height:
Male: 22-23 inches (56-58.5 cm), Female: 18.5-20 inches (47-50 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Appenzeller Sennenhund average height:
Male: 22.5 inches (56-58.5 cm), Female: 18.12.5 inches (48.5 cm)

Appenzeller Sennenhund Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Appenzeller Sennenhund's coat?
Black tricolorTricolorRed tricolor
Grooming
How to groom the Appenzeller Sennenhund and how often?
Easy to groom: The Appenzeller Sennenhund doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Appenzeller Sennenhund is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Appenzeller? Appenzeller Sennenhund shedding level:
Appenzeller Sennenhunds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
EnergeticLivelySelfishFearlessReliableSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Appenzeller Sennenhund? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Appenzeller Sennenhund. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Appenzeller Sennenhund sensitivity:
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Appenzeller need? Appenzeller Sennenhund social needs:
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Appenzell Cattle Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Appenzeller Sennenhund rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Appenzeller Sennenhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Appenzeller? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Appenzeller Sennenhund? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Appenzeller Sennenhund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Appenzeller Sennenhund do?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Appenzeller Sennenhunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Appenzeller Sennenhund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Appenzeller Sennenhund roam?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Appenzeller Sennenhund have high prey drive?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Appenzeller Sennenhund kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Appenzeller Sennenhund tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Appenzeller Sennenhund temperament with other people:
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Appenzeller Sennenhund temperament with children:
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Appenzeller Sennenhunds good office dogs? Do Appenzeller Sennenhunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhunds be office dogs?
No
Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Appenzeller temperament with senior people? Are Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs get along with other pets? Are Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Appenzeller Sennenhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Appenzeller Sennenhund be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a boat dog?
Not really
Appenzeller Sennenhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Appenzeller Sennenhund be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Appenzeller Sennenhund breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Appenzeller Sennenhund be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Appenzeller Sennenhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What is the activity level of the Appenzeller Sennenhund?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs require per day?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Appenzeller Sennenhund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Appenzeller Sennenhund risk for obesity:
Average. The Appenzeller Sennenhund has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Appenzeller Sennenhund's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Appenzeller Sennenhund has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Appenzeller Sennenhund drool?
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Appenzeller Sennenhund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Appenzeller Sennenhund. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Appenzeller Sennenhund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Appenzeller Sennenhund have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Appenzeller Sennenhund Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Appenzeller Sennenhund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Appenzeller Sennenhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Appenzeller Sennenhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Appenzeller Sennenhund kutyafajtát.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Appenzeller Sennenhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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