The Appenzeller, also called the Appenzell Cattle Dog or the Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-sized breed of dog that originates from Switzerland. The breed's original purpose was as a flock guardian, a draft dog, and a general farm dog. It is still used for these purposes but also excels in obedience competitions.
As with all large, very active working dogs, this breed 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. According to the breed standard, the Appenzellers are lively, high spirited, and suspicious of strangers.
Colors include black or Havana brown with symmetrical tan and white markings. There are symmetrical russet and white markings on an Appenzeller as well. They have white at the toes, tail tip, chest and blaze. The tan always lies between the black and white. Red tricolors do occur but are not acceptable.
Appenzellers have a straight-haired double coat which is firm and close fitting. It is easy to care for and requires little attention. Dead hairs should be removed with a brush from time to time.
A fairly healthy breed, Appenzellers may suffer from hip dysplasia, and eye problems such as ectropion and entropion. To minimize the risk of your Appenzeller developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.