No Swiss miss here: This is an athletic herding dog and livestock guardian.

Vital Stats

Height: 19.5 to 22 inches at shoulder
Weight: 48 to 55 pounds
Coat: thick and shiny
Life span: 9 to 12 years

Summary
The Appenzeller originated as an all-around farm dog, who stayed busy herding the livestock, guarding the farm, and pulling carts in his native Switzerland.

Today’s Appenzellers have still got the energy, smarts, and self-confidence that makes for valuable working dogs–but they’re anything but low-maintenance.

These dogs need lots of exercise, training, and a job to do. Full Appenzeller Sennenhunde profile on DogTime.com

Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Watchdog ability:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Amount of shedding:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Predatory tendencies:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Ease at being home alone:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Mouthiness:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Easy to training:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)