Appenzeller Sennenhund
Suiza FCI 46

Boyero de Appenzell

The Appenzeller Sennenhund kept in a principle in general as a farm dog.



The Appenzeller Sennenhund (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 Boyero. 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. Appenzeller Sennenhund was - internationally recognized- as a separate breed in 1989.

Physical characteristics

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a large mountain dog, has a height of 47 to 58 cm to the cross and a weight of 22 to 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

Appenzeller Sennenhund ran initially as a flock 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.

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI :Group 2 –> Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid. Dogs type Swiss mountain and cattle. / Section 3 –> Dogs type mountain and Swiss Cattle. Without working trial.
  • FCI 46
  • federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , UKC
  • FCI nomenclature of Cowherd Appenzell race

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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