Get to know the Appenzell Cattle Dog
All you need to know about the breed
A huge team player with a great attitude. That’s not a description from a corporate handbook but one for the Appenzell Cattle Dog, the placid dog who started life in the rugged Swiss hills - in the Appenzell region, to be exact. As an aide to the Senn, or herders (the German name for the breed is Appenzell Sennenhund), this very intelligent breed has traditionally been used as a general farm dog, helping to herd livestock and pull carts. They were also used for guarding purposes, to ward off would-be intruders to the homefront.
Although well-known in Switzerland, the Appenzell Cattle Dog breed is probably the least known of the quartet of Swiss Mountain Dogs to which it belongs, the others being the Bernese Mountain Dog, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Each of the dogs shares a carefree, cooperative nature and that rich brown, black, and white coat. But wait, there’s more! The Appenzell Cattle Dog is also confident, fearless, dependable, and laid back.
The Appenzell Cattle Dog was bred as a working dog so consequently needs a lot of daily exercise and room to run. A lot. He’ll quickly become bored and restless if not actively occupied, especially if kept in a space that doesn’t allow for this freedom. City dwellers take note: This is a dog not suited to apartment life. You can take the dog out of the country…
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Appenzell Cattle Dog
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