Appenzell Mountain Dog

Appenzell Mountain Dog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Switzerland
Group: Working dog
Height: 22-23 in., females = 18-20 in.
Weight: 49-70 lbs.
Life span: 12-13 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes with older children
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization

October’s Dog of the Month!

Need a strong back to cart your packages? The Appenzell Mountain Dog is the one, just train and socialize early.

What is the origin of the Appenzell Mountain Dog?

Some believe the Appenzell Mountain Dog dates back to the Bronze Age while others say it is descended from the Molossus brought to Switzerland by the Romans. Appenzells are still a rare breed in the U.S.

What does the Appenzell Mountain Dog look like?

The Appenzell is a muscular dog, 18-23 inches tall and weighs 49-70 lbs depending on gender. The wide head is flat and narrows to a black nose. Ears are pendant. Eyes are small and dark. The tail is carried over the back. The coat is short, dense and shiny. Colors are black or brown with white and rust marking. Brushing occasionly will remove dead hairs.

What is the temperament of the Appenzell Mountain Dog?

The Appenzell is a lively extroverted dog. They are strong-willed and will try to dominate and need early firm, consistent obedience training and socialization. With young children, Appenzells need constant supervision as play for them is rough and they many even nip. They are suspicious of strangers. They are high energy dogs and require lots of vigorous daily exercise along with mental stimulation. Apartment living is not for the Appenzell.

What is the Appenzell Mountain Dog used for?

The Appenzell is a working dog – herding, pulling carts, guarding its family and property. They compete in tracking, agility and obedience trials. While it loves to live outdoors, the Appenzell is a loyal, loving companion for the right family.

Possible Health Issues

A relatively healthy dog although hip dysplasia has been reported and skeletal and eye testing are recommended.


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