Dog Breed Group: Guard Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: 48-70 pounds
Height: 19-22 inches
Origin of Name: The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-size breed of dog.
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As early as 1853, the Appenzell Cattle Dog was first described as a high-pitched barking, short-haired, multi-colored cattle dog, and used to protect homestead and herd cattle in the original area of the appellee Was done, Switzerland. Inspired by the breeder, Max Siber, Appenzeller was named a breed of his own in 1898 by the Swiss Synological Society.
A committed fan of Swiss cattle dogs, Professor Drs. Started by Albert Heim, the Appenzeller Senhend Club was established in 1906 to promote and preserve the breed. Dr. Heim established the first valid breed standard in 1914, and with it made mandatory registration of puppies in the Appenzeller Dog Stud Book.
Today, the breed can be seen throughout Switzerland and other parts of Europe. Although considered rare, the number of Appenzellers is gradually increasing in North America as well. The breeding stock is still very small, and it is only by careful and responsible breeding that it will be possible to establish and consolidate its natural and excellent hereditary qualities.