Appenzell Mountain Dog

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Overview
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.

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

Does your Appenzell Mountain Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
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.
Care
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
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.
Training
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Appenzell Mountain Dog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 60-70; Female: 50-60 lbs
Height
Male: 22-23 Female: 18-20 inches
Color(s)
Tri-Color; Black, tan, and white.

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Appenzell Mountain Dog Questions

Do Appenzell's like the water? Would they be a good alternative to an Australian Shepherd?

Answer:
The Appenzell is not known to like or dislike water as a breed in whole. It would depend on the dog itself and how it is introduced to water. If you are looking for a herding dog, then this dog would not work. The Appenzell is a livestock guardian breed, not a herding breed of dog.

How long do Appenzell Mountain Dog's live?

Answer:
10-12 years on average, I knew about few that lived to be 15.

Do Appenzell Mountain Dogs shed a lot?

Answer:
Not at all. It only changes fur seasonally and their coat is generally very low-maintenance. I have 2 Appenzell's.

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Nope the fur is very short but most dogs including the Appenzell Mountain Dog shed a little.

Are Appenzell Mountain Dogs hard to train?

Answer:
No, they are eager to learn.

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Sometimes Appenzell Mountain Dogs can be very lively spirits but overall.

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