Appenzell Cattle Dog
Suiza FCI 46 - Swiss Cattle Dogs

Boyero de Appenzell

The Appenzell Cattle Dog kept in a principle in general as a farm dog.



The Appenzell Cattle Dog (Appenzeller Sennenhund) It is a breed of dog of medium size, one of the four regional breeds of Sennenhund (Type of dogs from the Swiss Alps). The name Sennenhund refers to people Senn, dairy and livestock farmers in the Swiss Alps. Appenzell It is an Alpine region of northeast of Switzerland.

There are two theories about the origin of the Appenzell Cattle Dog. A, It is a native breed dating back to the bronze age, and the other, It descends from the molossians and he was taken to Switzerland by the Romans. In any case, It is one of the four Swiss Sennenhund. The Appenzell is the rarest of the four. It is an excellent dog of herd. Tireless and great firmness in the mountains. It also adapts to pull a cart and is used to bring the milk and cheese among traders of the Swiss valleys.

The first Club and the book of origins of the breed were initiated in 1906 by Albert Heim and other, who wrote the first breed standard in 1916. One of the earliest references to the predecessors of the race was embodied in a book of 1853, “Tierleben der Alpenwelt” (Animal life in the Alps), referring to the dogs in the Appenzell region. Appenzell Cattle Dog was recognized - internationally- as a separate breed in 1989.

Physical characteristics

The Appenzell Cattle Dog is a great mountain dog, has a height of 47 - 58 cm to the cross and a weight of 22 - 32 kg. Like the other Sennenhund, It is a large dog and has a layer of tricolor hair that distinguishes.

It is a dog of large muscles but not very full-bodied, with wide and flat skull, and a snout that tapers towards the truffle. Eyes small and dark; and ears, Earrings. It is the only Swiss boyeros that bears the tail rolled on back. The hair is cut, bright and bushy. Color: It supports the black and Tan with white markings on the chest, the head and feet

Character and skills

The Appenzell Cattle Dog was initially kept as herd guardian, dog shooting, and in general, as a farm dog.

The race was also used for grazing and as a guard dog. Today the breed is maintained mainly as a companion, and excels in obedience competitions and Schutzhund.

Like all large working dogs, very active, which is why, This race should be socialized at an early age with other dogs and people, and always with normal activity and training that can live safely as a pet (given its size, It may be a problem if you do not receive adequate education). According to the standard of the breed, dogs are joyful spirit, playful, and distrustful to strangers.

Despite its fairly strong character, tends to be always quiet, nice. If not go to custody, behave amicably with everyone. It is the most docile of Swiss boyeros and, therefore, the easiest of train, but it is also the most barking.

Appenzell Cattle Dog Education

The Appenzell Cattle Dog can be well trained. He loves to learn and he does it with enthusiasm. It is strongly oriented towards its humans, which can be put to good use. The Appenzell Cattle Dog you can read the mood and wishes of your people on their faces. That in turn means that you have to approach your education with feeling., and of course with consistency. He has a pronounced sense of justice and, therefore, challenge people to treat it fairly. It is important that at the puppy stage you begin to control your joy of barking, who once characterized him as a good cut dog.

Appenzell Cattle Dog care and health

The Appenzell Cattle Dog it is very easy to care for, brushing here and there is enough.

Regarding your health, tend to have trouble with their hips (HD) or knees (ED), up to falls. In old age you can see a tendency to skin tumors. Partially strong inbreeding has a negative effect on physical fitness and life expectancy.

Nutrition / Food

The Appenzell Cattle Dog you have no special requirements in your diet. Have a healthy appetite and tend to be overweight, especially in old age.

The life expectancy Appenzell Cattle Dog

The Appenzell Cattle Dog it is relatively strongly affected by inbreeding and a breeding selection that is unilaterally oriented towards external appearances, such as fur color details. Therefore, their life expectancy has decreased in part enormously. It's between eight and -healthily- twelve years.

Buy Appenzell Cattle Dog

When buying a puppy care must be taken that the pedigree ancestor of the puppies does not appear twice (endogamia). Otherwise, You should be looking for a breeder affiliated with the Swiss Mountain Dog Club. You can also find the dog of your dreams at the animal shelter or in an emergency initiative. You can get a puppy in a serious kennel from 1200 EUR.

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI :Group 2 –> Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid. Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. / Section 3 –> Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. Without working trial.
  • FCI 46
  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , UKC
  • FCI nomenclature race "Appenzell Cattle Dog"

Alternative names:

    1. Appenzeller, Appenzeller Cattle Dog, Appenzeller Mountain Dog (English).
    2. Bouvier d’Appenzell (French).
    3. Appenzeller (German).
    4. Appenzeller Sennenhund (Portuguese).
    5. Appenzeller (Spanish).
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