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Appenzeller

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Appenzeller

The Appenzeller Mountain Dog (aka Appenzell Cattle Dog and the Appenzeller Sennenhunde) is a muscular, well-built and hardy animal. It has a wide, flat head with a muzzle that narrows towards its black nose. The eyes are small and dark and the ears hang down next to the head. The legs are straight and the tail is carried in a curl over the back. The short, double-coat is thick, tight and glossy. This breed's coat colors are brown and black with white and rust markings. A white blaze and rust markings over the eyes must be present on this breed's head. Rust markings are always present between the black and the white.

Temperament The Appenzeller Mountain Dog (AMD) is tough, brave, intelligent and lively. They usually get along fine with other dogs and livestock as long as they are raised with them. Though they are wary of strangers, they do fine with children. This breed is loyal to the family, but usually bonds closely with one person. It is best to train the AMD with a consistent and even-temperament. Early socialization is important. Introduce them to all kinds of situations, people and other animals. This breed learns very quickly and really wants to have something to do. They are excellent with skill trials and games of catch. This noisy, extroverted dog makes a great watchdog.
Height, Weight Male Height: 22-23" ; Female Height: 18-20"
Weight: 49-70 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known breed specific health concerns with this dog.
Living Conditions This breed should not live in an apartment or the city. They prefer to live outdoors and should have lots of acreage where they can run free ? such as a farm. They love to bark and are not well-suited for areas with close neighbors.
Exercise The AMD should live on a farm where it will give itself enough exercise on its own. It has strong herding instincts which will prevent it from running off.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming The Appenzeller's double-coat is easy to care for. Remove dead hairs with a rubber brush from time to time.
Origin The Appenzeller is the rarest of the Swiss Sennenhunde, which also includes the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Entlebucher Cattle Dog. During the 1800s, the dogs were scattered on Swiss farms and their numbers were dwindling. In 1897, it was determined that the AMD required preservation. A breed club was established in 1906. The official breed standard was announced in 1914 by Dr. Heim, who was credited with preserving many of the Swiss breeds. This breed is recognized by the UKC and has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Herding, UKC Guardian Dog