Appenzeller Sennenhund

Appenzeller Cattle Dog, Appenzeller Mountain Dog

The Appenzeller Sennenhund can be used as a herding, guard, search and family dog. He is exceptionally kind with children. This cheerful and very friendly dog has character and is totally extroverted. He is noisy as a guard dog and can discourage quite a few, but he can also save many in a search and rescue situation. His continuous barking is then essential to warn of the results of his searches.

Height 48 to 58 cm
Weight 22 to 32 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need High
Home country Switzerland

Quick Overview of the Appenzeller Sennenhund


  • Lively and bold
  • Happy and receptive
  • Slightly incorruptible
  • Noisier than aggressive


  • Muscular dog with harmonious silhouette
  • Neither massive nor heavy
  • Short, glossy, rather thick coat
  • Small almond-shaped eyes


  • Very robust
  • No particular pathology
  • Rarely ill
  • Excellent general health

Temperament of the Appenzeller Sennenhund

Lively, bold, cheerful, receptive and slightly incorruptible, the Appenzeller Sennenhund is always cheerful and loves being around children.

His playfulness makes him prefer children's games and he never tires of their liveliness. This pretty, easy-going dog is affectionate and very attached to his family.

He tends to be noisy rather than aggressive as a guard dog, but his strong temperament must still be mastered very early on to prevent him from getting his own way.

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Breed Appearance

Appenzell cowherd

This medium size muscular dog, with a harmonious, well proportioned silhouette, is neither massive nor heavy. He is very mobile, with a strong, square build and an agile, rather mischievous gait.


Between 52 and 58 cm (20.47 to 22.83 inches) for the male
Between 48 and 54 cm (18.90 to 21.26 inches) for the female


Between 22 and 32 kg (48.50 to 70.55 pounds) for the male
Between 22 and 32 kg (48.50 to 70.55 pounds) for the female


The brilliant color of his coat has a black and tan background with white patches on the feet, head and chest.


His short coat is shiny and rather thick.


His small almond-shaped eyes are of a beautiful color ranging from brown to dark brown. His triangular ears fall close to the cheeks. His nose is black or brown. His tail is bushy and curled tightly around the rump.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 3 and is #46

Characteristics of the Appenzeller Sennenhund

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Appenzeller Sennenhund puppy: between 1100 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1300 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Appenzeller Sennenhund pictures

Tips About this breed

Used for guarding farms and their herds, the Appenzeller Sennenhund is also an excellent search dog. Used extensively in avalanche situations, he can perform a variety of functions perfectly.

He is sociable and friendly, his constant and prolonged bark makes him an excellent warning dog that can easily discourage strangers with malicious intentions.

He can live and adapt to all situations but has a great need for exercise and fresh air. He loves running and freedom, so open spaces are essential for him.

Because he barks constantly, next-door neighbors may not appreciate him very much if they have to be around him and endure this constant noise.

His education is pretty easy, but hierarchy must be instilled in him very early on so that he understands exactly where he stands in the family hierarchy.

Health of the Appenzeller Sennenhund

This hardy and very robust dog does not suffer from any particular pathology. He is rarely ill and his health is generally excellent, as is his life expectancy.


A good brushing from time to time is enough to ensure the health and shine of his beautiful coat. No other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

The breed was officially registered around 1853. Discovered in the 19th century, when he was often used as food for humans, he was saved by preservation measures and after several years of decline, the breed was revived around 1906.

In the same year, 1906, the Swiss Appenzeller Sennenhund Club was founded, and in 1914, Professor Albert Heim officially declared the first standard. He was later protected by the master forester and dog lover Max Sieber.

Nowadays, the breed is still bred in his country of origin, Switzerland, and even beyond his borders, but still on European territory. He is totally different from other Swiss Cattle Dog breeds and his numbers are still limited even today.

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