Breed Organization Appenzell Mountain Dog Club Of America Website: http://www.appenzeller.org Native Country Switzerland Other Names Appenzeller Sennenhunde, Appenzeller Life Expectancy Approximately 12-13 Years Litter Size Average 4-8 Puppies Breed Group Mastiff
Breed Appearance An Appenzell Mountain Dog is noted for being an industrious and tireless dog. The dog is most happy if given a task to do.
These dogs were primarily developed to herd cattle thus the name Appenzell Cattle Dog. Soon enough the dogs are given various tasks in the farm. The
dog can now be seen pulling carts loaded with farm produce to market stalls. The dog will work all day watching the herd, perform other duties in the farm
and would still stay up all night to guard the flock as well as the household.
Breed Description Head: Slightly wedge-shaped. Stop not pronounced. Rectangular
nose bridge. Black or brown nose. Tight lips. Ears: Set on high, triangular, drop, lying against the head. Eyes: Small, almond. Dark brown to chestnut color. Body: Robust, compact. Strong, dry neck. Broad chest is well
let down. Prominent forechest. Belly slightly tucked up. Straight,
solid back. Short croup. Tail: Set high, moderately long, bushy. In action, carried
curled over the croup, falling to the side or along the midline. Hair: Short, thick, lying close to the skin. Thick undercoat. Coat: Black or tan background with symmetrical tan or white
markings. Tan markings above the eyes, and on the cheeks, forechest,
and legs. White flare, white patch from chin to forechest. White
markings on the feet and tip of the tail. Size: Dog: 50 to 58 cm (20-23 in).Bitch: 48 to 56 cm (19-22
in). Weight: 22 to 25 kg (49-55 lb).
History Originating in Appenzell canton in Eastern Switzerland, the
Appenzell Mountain Dog was first described in an early work as a
quite vocal, multi-colored, short-haired drover of medium size. The
breed is thought to be descended from Tibetan Molosser dogs and
Nordic breeds. The Appenzell Mountain Dog was established as a
distinct breed in 1898. Max Siever, a great promoter of the
Appenzell Mountain Dog, worked on the first standard for the breed.
The Swiss Appenzell Mountain Dog club was created in 1906. The breed
is rare outside of its native Switzerland.
Behavior This courageous, robust, self-confident dog is energetic and has a
lively temperament. The Appenzell Mountain Dog fills many roles.
This affectionate, gentle breed makes a good pet. Wary of strangers
and possessing the defense instinct, he is also a good guard dog.
The breed is also used as a draft dog and rescue dog.
Health This hearty breed has no known health issues.
Advice The Appenzell Mountain Dog is not suited to city living. He needs a
lot of exercise and room to run. Regular brushing is required.
Function These non-standardized dogs are utilitarian dog; breed for their skills rather than for their appearance. The Appenzeller, the multicolored
dogs known for its penchant for barking are now found in many regions of the country, pulling carts, herding cattle, guarding homes and doing many other tasks in the farm.