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Appenzeller Sennenhunde


Though the origins of when and how this breed came to be, can be quite the heated topic when discussing with different people, what is factual is that the Appenzeller Sennenhunde is 1 of 4 types of Swiss Sennenhunds. This breed is that of the working type, and is known for its phenomenal herding abilities and drive to work and help its owner with other tasks.


This breed is a large breed with males and females measuring an average of 23 inches in height, and weighing 50-70 pounds in weight. Available in a tri color of black, brown, rust or gold and white, this breed has a short, double layer coat. Generally built lean and active in appearance. Their head is slightly square with two triangular shaped ears folded down at the side of their face. Their larger, almond shaped eyes range from light hazel to dark brown in color. A cute characteristic is the two lighter "eye brows" that can be seen above their eyes, enhancing their energetic and happy personality through their appearance. Their large tail is curled upwards and rests on the top of their back when relaxed.


Not fit for the apartment life, this breed is generally an energetic and driven dog, who does not like to sit still or lounge around during the day. Typically fit for farm life ONLY, this breed requires several acres of land, safely fenced in, to be able to be happy and healthy, roaming freely. If these key needs are met, this breed is a loving, loyal, happy and hardy breed. The Appenzeller Sennenhunde loves to learn, help and be involved with tasks on the farm and herding the livestock. As always, positive reinforcement training methods are the only methods recommended for training. This breed is not for everyone.


This double layer, short length coat requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed is not for everyone. This breed requires several acres to roam freely on, that are properly fenced in for safety. Please do not add the Appenzeller Sennenhunde to your home without fully educating yourself about this breed. Do not adopt or purchase a puppy for your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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