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Appenzell Mountain Dog

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 49 - 70 lbs.

Height: 18" - 22 "

Life Span: 13 - 15 years

Health Problems: Entropion

Origin: Switzerland

Also Known As: Appenzeller Sennenhund, Appenzell Cattle Dog

Group: Working

Category: Companion Dog, Herding

Exercise Needs

The Appenzell Mountain Dog requires regular vigorous exercise. This dog is not suited for apartments or kennels.

Grooming Needs

The Appenzell Mountain Dog needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is lively, intelligent and brave.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children. Tends to bond with one family member.


The rarest of four Swiss Hound breeds, the Appenzell may date back to the Bronze Age when it was a prized livestock herder and guard dog. This group was established as a breed in 1898.