Monday, July 1, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Appenzeller Sennenhund

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The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a large and active Swiss breed. It is the most rare of the Swiss Sennenhunde. The Bernese Mountain Dog belongs to the same type of dog, and is probably the most known.

The Appenzeller is active and known to be suspicious towards strangers. It requires exercise, training, and something to do, and is not recommended as an apartment dog. They do bond closely with their owners, and they thrive on attention.

According to, these dogs are charming and affectionate, tough, intelligent, and lively. They usually get along with other dogs and animals, and they love open spaces and freedom to run.

Appenzellers are versatile working dogs, often used to herd cows. They will control a wayward cow but dashing in to nip at its heel. Consider how big a cow is compared to a dog... Nipping cows is not for the faint of heart! They're also good at agility and games of catch.


  1. We had 2 friends in Germany that were this breed great dogs! You seen them much more in Europe.

  2. I was going to say that it looks just like a Bernese Mountain dog! Very pretty!

  3. Thank you Emma and Ann for coming over! These dogs are so pretty! =D

  4. I'm guessing that, like the Aussies and Borders, this breed has a tough skull? That's a recipe for getting kicked in the head. Beautiful dog!