Basics of Dog Breed : Appenzeller Sennenhund

Posted on September 28 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Appenzeller Sennenhund

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a dog of medium size, of proportionate and harmonious construction and well developed musculature. Mobility and agility also characterize the Appenzell Bouvier, which is also recognizable by its tricolor dress and its expression full of mischief.

Breed Information:

Other names: Appenzell Bouvier, Appenzeller Bouvier, Appenzeller Sennenhund
Origin:  Swiss
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds
FCI number: 46
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

As early as 1853, the Appenzeller Sennenhund was described in detail by the Swiss Friedrich von Tschudi (1820-1886) in his book entitled "Tierleben der Alpenwelt" (Life in the Alpine Environment). 42 years later, the forest master Max Sieber started the process with the Swiss Cynological Society to find solutions to preserve and promote the breed. Some 15 Appenzell Bouviers were presented at the Altstätten fair thanks to a commission created by the State Council, and in 1998, breeders were invited to show their dogs at the first Winterthur International Exhibition. .

The foundation of the Swiss Appenzeller Sennenhund Club dates back to 1906 , when the first valid standard, written by Professor Albert Heim, was published in 1914. The FCI (Federation Internationale Cynologique Internationale) was in force. March 25, 2003.

Physical characteristics

His hair: rather short, firm, well lying, dense and brilliant. 
Its color: tricolor, consisting of a black background or tan, symmetrical fire or white markings. Marks fire above the eyes, on the cheeks, on the chest and on the limbs. Undercoat gray, black or brown. 
His head: well proportioned to the body. The skull is rather flat, the stop is hardly accused, the black truffle (black dress) or dark brown (tan dress), muzzle moderately powerful, the right chamfer and the cheeks little marked. 
Its ears: attached high, broad at their base, drooping against the cheeks, triangular in shape, with slightly rounded ends, raised at the level of the attachment and turned forward when the dog is awake.
Her eyes: small, almond-shaped, dark brown to brown (dogs with black dress) or lighter brown (dogs with tan coat), displaying a waking and mischievous expression. 
His body: robust, compact, collected, writable in a square. The neck is short and vigorous, the back moderately long and firm, the lumbar region short and muscular, the chest broad and well down, the belly very slightly raised. 
Its tail: thick, tied high, of medium length, well furnished with a little longer hairs on its inner side, rolled in a tight ring on the rump when the dog is active.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 22 kg and 25 kg Between 51 cm and 58 cm
Male Between 22 kg and 25 kg Between 51 cm and 58 cm

An Appenzeller Sennenhund dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Appenzell Bouvier is a dog animated by a remarkable liveliness associated with a well asserted temperament . Courageous , confident and naturally suspicious of strangers , he is a very good guard dog, ready to intervene at the slightest suspicious approach to the property of his masters. Versatile partner, he inherits a strong instinct of sheepdog, with an innate talent for driving herds of cattle. The Appenzell Bouvier is also a family dog ​​highly appreciated for its cheerfulness and receptivity.


His  intelligence , his  attachment to his master  and his  enthusiasm at work  greatly facilitate the education of the Appenzell Bouvier, which must be undertaken early enough. His socialization must also be early and of quality. A minimum of firmness and  a good dose of play  and sweetness make him a balanced dog, docile and pleasant company.


The Appenzell Bouvier is a solid dog with good health resistance. There is no particular genetic problem to be feared in this breed.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Appenzell Bouvier is a dog very easy to maintain. He only calls for regular basic care .


It is recommended to brush the dog once a week  to ensure the cleanliness and shine of his coat, as well as the protective function of his coat. During moulting, brushing should be more frequent (at least 2 to 3 times a week).

Physical activity

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is the working and utility dog ​​in essence. As such, and even if he is calm most of the time, he  needs to stay active  and enjoy long walks daily.

Living conditions

The Appenzeller Sennenhund will largely prefer to live in a country house or, in the city, in a house with a large fenced garden. This dog adapts to all family situations , especially with children and other living animals under one roof.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1100 € 1300 €

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