Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Appenzeller Sennenhund demonstrated the desired traits of a Mountain Dog and is known by its nick name the "Appenzeller Mountain Dog". The origin of the Appenzeller Sennenhund dog breed was in Switzerland where it was developed during antiquity.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Breed Group and Dog Type - Working Dog Group: The Appenzeller Sennenhund is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Working Dog Group.
Other names for the Appenzeller Sennenhund: The Appenzeller Sennenhund is known by the nickname of the "Appenzeller Mountain Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Appenzell Mountain Dog, Appenzeller and Appenzell Cattle Dog.
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Appenzeller Sennenhund" derives from the canton (region) of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland where the breed originated. The word 'Sennenhund' is in reference to people called Senn or Senner, the names given to the Swiss alpine herdsmen - 'hund' refers to their dogs.
Appenzeller Sennenhund History and Origin: The country of origin of the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed was in Switzerland and dates back to the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago. The ancestors of the Bernese Mountain Dogs were believed to be molosser-type dogs that were used as watchdogs acting as lookouts for the Roman Legions and for protecting and controlling livestock.
The Romans conquered Switzerland during the 2nd century BC and their dogs were interbred with local cattle dogs and sheepdogs in the Alpine village settlements.
These ancient dogs were called 'Sennenhund' in reference to the 'Senn' or 'Senner', the names given to Swiss herdsmen. There were four, popular Sennenhund breeds in Switzerland: The Entlebucher Sennenhund (Entlebucher Mountain Dog), the Berner Sennenhund (Bernese Mountain Dog), the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog), and of course the Appenzeller Sennenhund. The 'Appenzeller Sennenhund' was the Alpine Mountain Dogs that were found across the the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland.
The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed was used as a versatile farm dog working in the pastoralist societies of the Appenzell region. The herds of livestock were moved by the herdsmen and Appenzeller Sennenhund according to the season from the higher pastures in summer to the lower valleys in winter (this seasonal movement is known as the Transhumance).
The dairy products of transhumance flocks and herds were milk, cream, cheese, butter and yogurt. Many of the these pastures were claimed by the Abbey of St. Gallen who jealously guarded their Appenzeller Sennenhundkennels and led the power of the monastery led to many disputes with the villagers. In 1403 they rebelled against the abbot of St. Gallen 1403 and claimed rights to the pastures when they joined the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1411.
Appenzeller Sennenhund History: The In the early 1800's the Industrialization of Switzerland caused significant upheaval and changed the lifestyles of many of the Swiss framers and herdsmen. The Industrial Revolution led to a decline in numbers of the Appenzeller Sennenhund and by beginning of the 1900's the Appenzeller Sennenhund was on the verge of becoming extinct.
The danger to the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed came to the attention of an influential Swiss professor called Albert Heim (1849 – 1937) who began work to preserve and promote the breed. The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed standard was written in 1916, the Appenzeller Sennenhund was revitalized and found its way to Europe and the United States although, even today, the Appenzeller Sennenhund is still quite rare.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Height: The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 20-22 inches (52-56 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 20-21 inches (50-54 cm).
Appenzeller Sennenhund Weight: The weight of the Appenzeller Sennenhund male in this medium sized dog is 49-71 lbs (22-32 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 49-71 lbs (22-32 kg).
Appenzeller Sennenhund Coat Type: The coat type of the Appenzeller Sennenhund is described as a short, smooth coat.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Coat Colors: The colors of the Appenzeller Sennenhund dog breed include red tricolor and black tricolor. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Appenzeller Sennenhund are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Appenzeller Sennenhund are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4 to 6 puppies. Appenzeller Sennenhund puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Appenzeller Sennenhund puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as lively, Energetic, Reliable, Self-assured and Confident.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is moderate. The Appenzeller Sennenhund requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a powerful, effortless gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Diet: A fully grown Appenzeller Sennenhund should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed have not yet been fully established, but there is the possibility of inherited, genetic health issues. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Appenzeller Sennenhund dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed is 12 - 14 years.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Appenzeller Sennenhund names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Gaius *** Felix *** Rex *** Rufus *** Chase *** Yogi *** Apollo *** Bubba *** Rogue *** Sabre *** Ziggy.
Appenzeller Sennenhund Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Appenzeller Sennenhund girl dog. Our top choice of good female Appenzeller Sennenhund names are Persis *** Cassie *** Bertha *** Bonnie *** Luna *** Roxy *** Sadie *** Maddie *** Misty *** Dixie *** Charlie *** Layla *** Belle.