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

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
[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Compatible with kids:5” “Affectionate with family:5” “Watchdog ability:5” “Good for new owners:3” “Friendly toward strangers:2” “Apartment appropriate:1” “Amount of shedding:2” “Predatory tendencies:3” “Ease at being home alone:3” “Potential for weight gain:3” “Drooling potential:3” “Mouthiness:2” “Easy to training:3” ]