Appenzeller Sennenhund

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Appenzeller Sennenhund History

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a Swiss breed of herding dog that belongs to the larger group of Alpine herding dogs. The Appenzeller is a medium-sized, solidly built, agile, active, and loyal herder. The origin of the Appenzeller is shrouded in mystery. Some researchers believe that the ancestors of the Appenzeller are the dogs that accompanied the Celtic tribes that settled in the Alps. Others believe that the Romans brought the dogs to what is now Switzerland. Some accounts say that the dog was bred in the 18th century, when shepherds in the canton of Schwyz, in central Switzerland, began breeding their dogs together. These early efforts were successful, and by 1764, the Canton of Schwyz began to officially register the breed. Today the Appenzeller is still used today for herding sheep and cattle in the fields and in the alpine pastures of Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein.

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Appenzeller Sennenhund Physical Characteristics

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium sized breed that typically stands at about 25 inches at the withers and weighs about 50-70 lbs. They have a wedge shaped head that is broad and flat with a wrinkled forehead. Their muzzles are long, straight, and pointed. Their ears are long, thin, and pendant. Their neck is medium in length and fairly thick. They have a strong, straight back and level topline. Their tail is carried low and is straight or only slightly curved. Their double coat of fur is long, soft, and shaggy. Their front legs are long and slightly bowed. Their hind legs are short and muscular. Their paws are large and round. Their tail is docked. Their colors are red, gold, or gray.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 22 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 49 – 70 lbs

Female Weight Range: 49 – 70 lbs

Appenzeller Sennenhund Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Appenzeller Sennenhund Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy

Appenzeller Sennenhund Temperament and Behaviour

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a relatively rare Swiss working dog breed. It is the only Sennenhund breed that is not recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club, although it is recognized by a number of other kennel clubs. The Appenzeller is a medium to large sized dog with a Tri Color coat. The head is wedge shaped with a strong muzzle and erect ears. The body is muscular and compact with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs. The tail is carried high and is docked. The Appenzeller has a reputation for being an intelligent, active and loyal dog. It is used as a working dog in its native Switzerland, where it is used for herding, carting and as a watch dog. The Appenzeller is also a popular companion dog and does well in obedience and agility trials.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Activity Requirements

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a hard-working, medium-sized dog that was originally bred for herding and guarding. Today, they are popular companion dogs, and they are also good at conformation, tracking, and carting. The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-sized dog that weighs around 55 pounds. While they are not particularly high-energy, they do require a moderate amount of exercise and mental stimulation. If you are looking for a more high-energy dog, the Appenzeller Sennenhund is not the best choice. However, if you can take your dog for long daily walks or jogs and play with them regularly, they will be a happy, healthy dog.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Appenzeller Sennenhund is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Appenzeller Sennenhund is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Appenzeller Sennenhund is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Appenzeller Sennenhund is part of the Unclassified group.

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