Appenzell mountain dog

Other names: Bouvier de l’Appenzell, Bouvier Appenzellois, Appenzeller Sennenhund

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The Appenzell Bouvier is a medium-sized dog, of proportionate and harmonious build and well-developed musculature. Mobility and agility also characterize the Appenzell Mountain Dog, which is also recognizable by its tricolor coat and its expression full of mischief.



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Hair type Short
Origin Swiss
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 22 kg to 25 kg From 51 cm to 58 cm
Male From 22 kg to 25 kg From 51 cm to 58 cm
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History of the breed

The Swiss Appenzell Bouvier Club was founded in 1906 , when the first valid standard, drawn up by Professor Albert Heim, was published in 1914. That of the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in force was published. on March 25, 2003.

Bouvier d’Appenzell Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: rather short, firm, well laid, dense and shiny.
Its color: tricolor, made up of a black or tan background, symmetrical tan or white markings. Tan markings above the eyes, on the cheeks, on the chest and on the limbs. Gray, black or brown undercoat.
His head: well proportioned to the body. The skull is rather flat, the stop is not very marked, the nose is black (black dress) or dark brown (tan color), the muzzle moderately powerful, the muzzle very straight and the cheeks little marked.
Its ears: set high, wide 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.
His eyes: small, almond-shaped, dark to brown in color (black-coated dogs) or lighter brown (tan-colored dogs), displaying an alert and mischievous expression.
Its body: robust, compact, compact, writable in a square. The neck is short and vigorous, the back moderately long and firm, the lumbar region short and muscular, the chest wide and well let down, the belly very slightly raised.
Its tail: thick, set on high, of medium length, well furnished with slightly longer hairs on its inner face, rolled up in a tight ring on the rump when the dog is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Appenzell Bouvier is a dog animated by a remarkable liveliness associated with a strong temperament . Courageous , confident and naturally suspicious of strangers , he is a very good watchdog , ready to intervene at the slightest suspicious approach to the property of his masters. A versatile partner, he inherits a strong shepherd dog instinct, with an innate talent for managing herds of cattle. The Appenzell Bouvier is also a very popular family dog for its cheerfulness and receptivity.

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

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Appenzell Bouvier will greatly prefer to evolve in a country house or, in town, in a house with a large fenced garden. This dog adapts to all family situations , getting along particularly with children and other animals living under the same roof.


Ease of gaining weight

The Appenzell Bouvier is a dog of solid constitution and which benefits from a good resistance on the health side. There is no particular genetic problem to fear in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 8 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Appenzell Bouvier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Appenzell Mountain Dog is, on average, between 12 and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Appenzell Bouvier is a very easy dog to maintain. It only requires 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 the moult, brushing should be more frequent (at least 2 to 3 times a week).

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,100
1300 €

The purchase price of an Appenzell Bouvier is between € 1,100 and € 1,300.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Appenzell Mountain Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Appenzell Bouvier is essentially a working and utility dog. As such, and even if he is calm most of the time, he needs to stay active and enjoy long daily walks.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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