Appenzell Mountain Dogs : What it Takes To Own One (Pictures Included)

Appenzell Mountain Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS); FCI (Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs); UKC (Guardian)


Medium. Weight: Male: 60-70, Female: 50-60 lbs; Height: Male: 22-23, Female: 18-20 inches


Appenzeller Sennenhunds have a double coat with thick, shiny topcoat.


Tri-color: Black, Tan, and White

Life Span:

9 to 12 years

Appenzell Mountain Dog Breed Profile

Affection Level : 100
Barking Tendencies : 100
Cat Friendly : 70
Cold Weather Tolerance : 100
Exercise Needs : 80
General Health : 80
Grooming Needs : 30
Hot Weather Tolerance : 80
Intelligence : 80
Kid Friendly : 100
Playfulness : 80
Shedding Level : 70
Social Needs : 70
Watchdog Ability : 100

Did You Know?

Of the Alpine dog breeds, the Appenzell Mountain Dog is the least well-known and the most rare.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Overview

This dog breed originated in Switzerland, where they were used to guard and herd cattle, pull carts and as rescue dogs. The Appenzell Mountain Dog has retained their working heritage and is difficult to find.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Characteristics

This dog breed is muscular, athletic and powerful. The Appenzell possesses super endurance and agility. They are versatile, utilitarian and hard-working dogs.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Temperament

This dog breed is not suitable for first-time dog owners. Although loyal and devoted companions, they are essentially a working breed and not a pet. They are hardy, courageous and affectionate dogs who are extremely protective of their household, house, and territory. This dog does best with older, more considerate children. They do get along well with other dogs and household pets. The Appenzell does not like to be ignored and has a tendency to become destructive if lonely or deprived of attention. This breed is prone to incessant barking.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Care

The breed requires occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush to remove loose and dead hair. Weekly brushing is recommended. The ears and paw pads should be checked regularly for debris. To preserve the natural oils of the coat, this breed should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. They have no documented health issues, but this could be as a result of the breed’s rarity.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Coat

This dog breed has a double coat. The outer coat is thick, short and glossy. The undercoat is soft and dense. They are a heavy shedding breed.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Training

It is crucial that this dog breed receives socialization and obedience training at a young age. They are extremely intelligent, but has a tendency to dominance and requires a firm handler. This breed does not respond well to harsh or heavy-handed methods and the best results are achieved through firmness, respect, fairness, and consistency.

Appenzell Mountain Dog Activity

This dog breed is unsuitable for house or city living. The breed requires an inordinate quantity of physical exercise and mental stimulation. This breed is best suited to rural living where there is a lot of room to roam and a job to do.

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