Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Appenzell Cattle Dog; Appenzeller; Appenzell Mountain Dog; Appenzeller Mountain Dog
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a working dog breed which was developed in the mountains of Switzerland to herd and guard cattle and other livestock, as well as help out with general farm work like pulling carts. The Appenzeller is a powerful dog with a lot of energy who could easily bowl over owners with no experience working with large breeds. Their pushy attitude may have served them well herding cattle on an alpine mountainside, but it means they represent a real challenge to many potential owners. Not recommended to novice dog owners or people with little space or work for a large breed.
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is recognized with the Swiss breed standard under the name Appenzeller Sennenhund, translated into English as Appenzell Cattle Dog, by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds, Section 3 Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. The breed is also recognised in the United States by the United Kennel Club in their Guardian Dog Group under the name Appenzeller, and is listed as a breed in the Foundation Stock Service by the American Kennel Club with the name Appenzeller Sennenhunde.
The Appenzeller Sennenhunde is one of four Swiss Mountain dog breeds. The others are the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
Appearance / health:
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a muscular, small, well-built, and hardy animal with straight limbs. It has a wide, flat head with a muzzle that tapers towards a black nose. Its eyes are small and dark and the ears are pendant. It usually has its tail rolled up on its back.
The straight-haired double coat of the Appenzell is easy to care for and requires little attention. An occasional brushing is sufficient to remove the dead hair and keep the coat fine.
Appenzells require moderate to heavy amounts of exercise everyday. Dogs living on a farm are active and get enough exercise on their own. Daily long walks, games, jogs, treks, picnics, etc. may help to keep these dogs busy.
The Appenzeller Sennenhundis generally a very healthy breed. However, some of the minor issues bothering this breed include bloating, eye problems, epilepsy (a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions), thyroid-related problems, and hip and elbow dysplasia (inherent disease that affects hip and elbow joints causing crippling, or lameness).
Behavior / temperament:
The Appenzell requires open spaces and is not adapted to living indoors or in a kennel. As a breed that was bred to think and work all day, Appenzeller Sennehund may develop boredom when kept idle for too long.
This breed is not suited for inexperienced owners with little time for training, socialization, and exercise.
The breed responds very well to consistent, even-tempered training. The learning rate is high.
The breed can be quite noisy.
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Appenzeller - The Greatest Breed You've Never Heard Of!
We acquired Cally from a friend who had gotten her from a rescue group. Our friend was mistakenly told that Cally was a Lab mix. That initial adoption was a disaster! Cally did not take to crate training or to the family's other, somewhat high-strung, dog. When our friend's family was home, they were tormented by Cally's pent-up energy and general exuberance. After two weeks, they called us.
At the time we adopted Cally, we also had an elderly Border Collie. While Scout, the Border Collie, had slowed down tremendously, we quickly saw some similarities between a young Border Collie and the Appenzeller. Our vet confirmed her breed and that helped us a lot in training her. Like Border Collies, Appenzellers are bred as working dogs. They are smart, eager to please and need to be kept active and busy.
Where our Border Collie was relatively quiet and affectionate as a puppy/adolescent, Cally was much more independent and assertive. One of the first things we worked on was her habit of barking aggressively to get attention. We also had to break her of the habit of jumping up on people to get a kiss or to demand attention. Appenzellers are not terribly large dogs (full grown, Cally weighs about 37 pounds) but they are surprisingly strong.
With those two bad habits under control, we trained Cally to stay within the borders of our electric fence. She spent a lot of time following Scout, the Border Collie, so I suppose the credit for the fence training should got to Scout. Cally is happy to run and play on our property and we have not had any issues with her breaking through the fence.
I work from home, so Cally is able to run all day. And, even with that, we have found she still usually needs a good run in the evening to get her to settle down at night. She has never caught on to the game "catch." She loves to play tug of war with a ball or a rope, but if you throw a ball to her, she just runs away with it. Most evenings, Cally will go for a long run with one of my sons or my husband. This regular exercise is key to her mental health and also to ours as she can be quite crazy if she has not had much exercise.
I had never heard of an Appenzeller until we got Cally. She's a terrific dog - smart, protective and quirky in a fun way. I would not recommend an Appenzeller for an apartment dweller or for someone who is not very active. Additionally, I would not recommend this breed if you are away from home all day as they can be quite destructive when you finally come home and uncrate them (or, if not crated, while you're away). And, finally, because of their natural energy and exuberance combined with their herding instincts, I would hesitate to recommend an Appenzeller for a family with children under the age of eight or nine. Cally has been fine with young visitors to our home, but she has a tendency to tackle and herd small children.
Good luck making your decision on a breed of dog!.
From all4mine Feb 6 2014 4:33PM
Appenzellers are active dogs, meaning only a match for active people with a good understanding of dogs and positive style of dogtraining.
Appenzellers are not a first time dog owners. Puppy classes and and 2 levels of obedience training are a must. Lots of socializing with people, children and other dogs and animals are very importent to raise a happy and confident appenzeller. Appenzellers can be barky so to speek of: The happyness is in their voice if they are exsited they bark alot if not learned from puppytime that to much barking is not excepted they can be come very barky dogs but barking has as well to do with the dog feeling he is the boss.
Appenzellers are a great match to people and families who love to do activities outside and are willing to have their appenzeller being a part of their family. in just any activity, gardening, hanging laundry outside, gardening or hiking, running or dog sports like agility or rally -O, Obedience trails.
Appenzellers are active dogs who deserve to have an active live with his family!!
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