The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium sized mountain dog, 18.5-23 ins (47–58 cm) at the withers and weighing 49-70 lbs (22–32 kg). Like the other Sennenhunds, the Appenzeller Sennenhund has a heavy, molosser
-like build and a distinctive tricolour coat. The breed’s ears are small and triangular, set high and hanging down against the dog’s cheeks, similar to a button ear. Faults in the breed’s appearance include wall eye, kinked tail, a single coat, and a coat that is not tricolour.
As with most working dogs, this breed should be well socialized early in life with other dogs and people.It should have with regular activity and training if they are to be safely kept as a pet. The Appenzellers are lively, high spirited, and suspicious of strangers.
Most of the Appenzellers are black or Havana brown with symmetrical tan and white markings. There are symmetrical russet and white markings. They have white at the toes, tail tip, chest and blaze. The tan always lies between the black and white. Appenzellers have a straight-haired double coat which is firm and close fitting. It is easy to care for and requires little attention.
As with all medium to large, very active working dogs, the Appenzeller Sennenhund should be well socialized early in life with other dogs and people and provided with regular activity and training if they are to be safely kept as a pet. If trained properly, they bond closely with their owners and like to seek for attention. As a result of careful regulated breeding, the Appenzeller breed, as a whole, though individual genetic lines vary, is an extremely healthy breed. Especially for a dog of its size and weight. The breed, in general, is known to have a lifespan, on average, of 13–17 years.
According to the breed standard, the Appenzeller Sennenhund are lively, high spirited, athletic and suspicious of strangers. Due to his large size and high energy levels, the Appenzeller Sennenhund is not recommended as an apartment dog.
The Appenzellers are healthy breed, but may suffer from hip dysplasia, and eye problems such as ectropion and entropion.