Appenzell Mountain Dog Puppies & Breed Information

Appenzell Mountain Dog

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Breed Information

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized

Weight: Male: 60-70; Female: 50-60 lbs

Height: Male: 22-23 Female: 18-20 inches

Color(s): Tri-Color; Black, tan, and white.


Of the four Alpine breeds, the Appenzell Mountain Dog is the least well known and is extremely rare. Originating in Switzerland, this breed was used as a herd guardian, cattle mover, rescue dog, and cart-puller. Today, the Appenzell Mountain Dog has retained their working heritage and is difficult to find and acquire.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is muscular, athletic, and powerful. The Appenzell possesses tremendous endurance and agility. They are versatile, utilitarian, and hard-working.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is not recommended for first time dog owners. Although they are loyal and devoted companions, this breed is not solely a pet. Appenzell's are first and foremost a working breed. They are hardy, courageous, and affectionate. They are highly protective of their family, home, and territory. The Appenzell Mountain Dog does best with considerate children. They do well with other dogs and household pets they have been raised with. The Appenzell does not do well if they are isolated or ignored. They will become destructive if they are bored or lonely. They have a tendency to bark incessantly.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog requires occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush to remove loose and dead hair is recommended. It is important to frequently check the ears and paw pads for debris. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Due to the rarity of this breed there are no known health issues.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog breed is a double coat breed. The outer coat is short, thick, and glossy. The under coat is soft and dense. This breed is heavy shedding.


Early socialization and obedience training is absolutely crucial. The Appenzell Mountain Dog breed is highly intelligent but requires a dominant handler. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, respect, fairness, and consistency.


The Appenzell Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment or city living. This breed requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They do best in a rural setting with room to roam and a job to do.


Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.

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Updated: 11/26/2014

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