The Appenzeller Sennenhund is an energetic, confident, and loyal dog. They make great guard dogs, and with proper training, a great lap dog. They are very devoted to their owners and family members. The Appenzeller has a rich history, long lifespan, and great temperament for the family.
Appenzeller Sennenhunds (or Appenzeller Moutain Dogs) first originated in Switzerland around 1906, one of four Swiss Mountain Dogs. They were first bred to be a cattle herding or flock guard dog. Their protective and dominant temperaments make them great for pushing cattle or chasing off predators from farm animals. In 1989 the Appenzeller Sennenhund was first recognized internationally as its own separate and complete breed, though breed standards were determined in 1916.
The Appenzeller Sennenhund has a very dominant and confident temperament. This is what makes the Appenzeller Sennenhund a great guard dog. They are high energy and need a lot of exercise, not suitable for apartment lifestyles. If left without regular exercise, the Appenzeller Sennenhund has been known to be destructive around the house. With proper training, these temperaments can be proven to be beneficial.
It is recommended to not only to start basic obedience training at a young age but also start socializing young too. With a predisposition to a protective temperament, they need to have socialization with other dogs and people to keep them from becoming people possessive. Temperament training is easily accessible and affordable through a reputable trainer.
The average lifespan of the Appenzeller Sennenhund is 13-17 years. With the Appenzeller weighing 48-55 pounds, and 1 foot 10 inches tall; this qualifies the Appenzeller as a medium-sized breed. Most medium-sized breeds have an average lifespan of 15 years, so this is typical for the Appenzeller also.
Though the Appenzeller Sennenhund has been through impeccable breeding regulations and tends to be healthier than the average dog. So, it is not out of the norm to see these dogs living past their average lifespans with proper care and diet.
Appenzeller Sennenhunds have a single coat type. Shedding is minimal to moderate, depending on climate. Since the Appenzeller Sennenhund originated in colder climates, hot and humid climates might make them shed more than usual. The Appenzeller Sennenhund is easily cared for with proper diet, brushing, and bathing. All of which will help to reduce shedding and make for a healthier, more manageable coat.
Guardian Dog (UKC)
|Life span:||12-15 years|
|Height:||Male: 22-23 inches (56-58.5 cm)|
Female: 18.5-20 inches (47-50 cm)
|Weight:||49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)|
|Litter Size:||4-6 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $600 - $800 USD|