Appenzeller Mountain Dog

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 55-70 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors


Life Expectancy: About 11-13 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Appenzeller Mountain Dog is a herding type of dog breed which originated in Switzerland. The breed is one of the four Sennenhunds or Swiss Mountain Dogs. The other three are the Berner, Entelbucher and Grosser Schweizer. These four breeds share the same coat colors while they vary in size. The Appenzeller is the rarest of them all.
These dogs were originally bred as a draft dog, a flock guardian and general farm dog. The dog was also used for herding and guarding. Today, this dog is predominantly kept as a family companion. They excel in obedience competitions and Schutzhund.
This dog is very intelligent, very active and hardworking. They make perfect companions for families who are active outdoors and are experienced dog owners. They require plenty of physical and mental exercise to keep them content and balanced dogs. If not provided with enough exercise and proper leadership, they could develop behavioral issues that could later escalate further.


This dog's coat color usually comes in Brown and Black with White and Rust symmetrical marking. Most of them have White blaze between the eyes or Rust markings above their eyes.


This dog's short, thick, dual coat is weather-proof. It is fairly easy to groom as with any short coated breed.


This dog is very smart, hardworking and very active. They are very suitable for a family who are active outdoors and preferably with a long experience in handling large energetic breeds. Proper socialization will normally allow these dogs to get along with other dogs and house pets. They are very good with livestock as they were usually bred to be farm dogs. They are very protective of their family and are very loyal making them suitable to be watchdogs. They are a working dog by heart. Thus, they enjoy when given a job to do. They love being with their family and should never be left alone outside or in a kennel.


These dogs are generally a healthy breed and on the average can live for about 11-13 years. Their short, thick double coat is fairly easy to maintain. Use a firm bristle brush to brush their coat on a regular basis to remove any dead hairs.


As the Appenzeller is the type of dog who is always ready to be a good pack member, they are fairly easy to train. Obedience training should be done at a very young age. Proper walking, heeling to the human's side or behind, should be learned early as well since these dogs are vigorous enough that they can literally pull you off your feet. Proper socialization should also be provided since puppyhood. These dogs have protective instincts toward people they don't know. With socialization, they will be able to learn and recognize the normal behaviors of trustworthy people while also learning how to identify who are not to be trusted. The dog is too playful that they could push you off your feet. Thus, if your family has small children, an elderly or someone who is frail, this is not the dog for you. It responds well to kind, consistent training.


These dogs are highly active who needs lots of physical and mental exercise. This highly energetic breed is not for everyone. They like the outdoors and is best suited for farm life. They will get plenty of exercise on their own given the chance to run freely and herd. Nevertheless, like any type of dog breed, they enjoy long walks as well as activities with their master. If this dog does not get sufficient exercise, they will become bored and rambunctious. They express this by becoming destructive and barking. The Appenzellers were never intended to be simply household pets.

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