Appenzell Mountain Dog

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 49-70 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown


Life Expectancy: 12-13 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is also known as the Appenzell Sennenhound and the Appenzell Cattle Dog. There are two separate theories concerning the origin of the breed. One theory suggests it is native breed dating back to the Bronze Age. The other theory states that the Appenzell Mountain Dog was brought into Switzerland by the Romans. Regardless of which theory is correct, the Appenzell Mountain Dog is one of the four Swiss Sennenhounds.


The basic colors of their coat are black or brown with symmetrical white and rust markings. A white blaze and rust marking over the eyes must be present on the head. Rust is always between the black and the white.


They have a straight double coat.


These breeds are loyal to its family and they easily get unsure and weary of strangers. They love to bond with one person but will be loyal to the entire family if they are frequently around. The Appenzell Mountain Dog is an intelligent breed and needs a lot of attention. They can get mischievous if they feel they are being neglected and may no longer want attention from anyone. They do can get along well with children and dogs and cats as long as they are socialized well as early as puppyhood. The Appenzell Mountain Dog is a working dog and loves to herd cattle and will eagerly do any kind of work you want it to do.


They are fairly very easy to groom. They will need frequent brushing and grooming maintenance to remove excessive hairs and refrain from matting. Bathing should be done when necessary.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is a highly intelligent breed. They are can be very easy to train. They learn very quickly and would be very willing to do any jobs. They also enjoy being outdoor with their handler.


These breeds are not best for apartment life, living indoors or in a kennel. They would require a large space to run around. They enjoy having a job to do and loves the freedom of they. Giving them lots of outdoor activities would be best for them.

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