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Appenzeller Sennenhunde


Vibrant, muscular and suspicious of strangers, the Sennenhunde is a breed that is extremely capable and versatile. They don't belong in apartments, as they want plenty of room to roam, and need lots of time for activities. They do well under human guidance, are obedient and affectionate, making them a good choice for an owner with an active lifestyle, even if you are choosing your first dog.

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat


  • Black
  • Brown
  • Tan
  • White


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 21-23″

Full Grown Weight

  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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