Appenzeller Sennenhund

Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-sized, muscular and agile dog that excels in agility, obedience, and herding. These dogs were true work dogs in their native land – Switzerland. They were used for livestock herding, farm guarding, and pulling carts. Today these dogs are still used for working purposes but they also found a great fit in being great family dogs.

FUN FACT: These dogs are also called Appenzeller Mountain Dogs.

These dogs need a lot of physical activities to be happy and satisfied. They are best fitted for active families who love to spend their days outside. Appenzeller Sennenhund adores kids and will fit great into families with children.

Appenzeller Sennenhund


19–22 in (48–56 cm)

Appenzeller Sennenhund


48-70 lb (22–32 kg)

Appenzeller Sennenhund



Appenzeller Sennenhund

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Appenzellers have a double coat that consists of a shiny and thick top layer and a thick under layer. As with all double coat dogs, Appenzeller is no different and you will have to brush them weekly to keep the hair under control. During shedding seasons daily brushing is advised to remove dead hair and to keep the dog looking good.

Appenzeller Sennenhund coat colors:

  • Black or Havana brown with reddish-brown and white markings

You will also have to check their ears regularly for any signs of infections (bad odor, redness, etc.). You can wipe their ears with the cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner. Appenzeller Sennenhund teeth should be brushed weekly to remove tartar build-up and to secure fresh breath and healthy gums. Their nails should be trimmed when you hear their nails clicking on the floor.


Appenzeller Sennenhunds are highly active and you must be prepared that you will have to spend a lot of time outside if you want your dog to be happy. These dogs will enjoy various fun activities including chasing, hide and seek, returning the ball, etc. If you meet their needs you can be sure that your dog will be well behaved in the house and you don't have to worry that he will develop behavior problems.


Appenzeller Sennenhund also requires proper socialization like any other dog breed. The best way is to start with the socialization process as soon as you bring your Appenzeller Sennenhund home. The most important thing is to allow your dog to explore all different sights, sounds, people, and other animals so he could learn how to properly react in many different situations he may find himself in. With proper socialization, your dog will be well behaved and you don’t have to worry that he will develop behavior problems.

Appenzeller Sennenhund and kids

As a pet, the Appenzeller Sennenhund can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them. Especially they love kids and they can be great playing partners for them.

No matter how good your dog is you should never let them play without supervision, so any unwanted behavior would emerge (nipping, tail pulling, etc.)

Appenzeller Sennenhund and other animals

Appenzeller Sennenhund is not always a great fit for living with other dogs. They will in most cases get along with other dogs, but you can expect that your dog will not be friendly with everybody. Here is where proper socialization will take its part. With correct socialization, your dog can learn how to behave with other dogs.

Health problems

Appenzeller Sennenhund is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. TO be sure that you will end up with the best possible dog regarding health always buy him from responsible and official dog breeders. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs you can be sure that their puppies won’t have any inherited diseases.  Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.

Appenzeller Sennenhund breeders

If you made a decision that this is the right dog for you now it’s time to find Appenzeller Sennenhund breeders. To be sure that you will end up with the healthiest dog possible we advise you to search only for responsible Appenzeller Sennenhund breeders. That way you can be sure that the puppy will have the best possible start in life. Buying a dog from an official dog breeder will cost you more money in the start, but when you know that they will be healthy and that will have a good temperament it is worth it.

If you don’t want to buy a dog you can always search your local animal shelters and there is a chance you will find Appenzeller Sennenhund dog in it.


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Updated at18.05.2021.