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Appenzeller Sennenhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Appenzeller Sennenhund so you can get to know the breed more.

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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.

General Appearance

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)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What does this canine coat 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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Appenzeller Sennenhund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
EnergeticLivelySelfishFearlessReliableSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Appenzeller Sennenhund? Are they intelligent?
Average: Appenzeller Sennenhund's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
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?
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? 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?
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.
Territorial
Do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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 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?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
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.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
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 and 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?
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 ofiice 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 service dog?
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?
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Appenzeller Sennenhund dogs have health problems?
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?
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise 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
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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Appenzeller Sennenhund 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 bitch 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 bitch’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

Pros & Cons of Appenzeller Sennenhund

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: Appenzeller Sennenhunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • 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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