Facts & Origin
PROFILE: Appenzeller-Berner Sennenhund - A proud duo of Swiss origin.
The Appenzeller-Berner Mountain Dog combines the ruggedness and tradition of the Swiss Alps. With its impressive heritage and versatile suitability, the Appenzeller-Berner Sennenhund Mix is an ideal companion for those looking for an active and loyal four-legged friend. With proper care and training, he will be a loyal member of any family and a proud representative of his Swiss roots. It is essential to provide him with both physical and mental challenges to develop his full potential.
Origin of the parent breeds
Both breeds, the Appenzeller Mountain Dog and the Bernese Mountain Dog, have their roots in Switzerland, where they were originally used as working dogs. While the Appenzeller was considered a drover and guard dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog was often used to pull carts and as a general farm dog.
|Life expectancy||6 - 12 years|
|Care requirements||low-maintenance - high-maintenance|
|Activity level||high - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character traits of the Appenzeller-Berner Mountain Dog.
A mix of these two breeds results in a loyal, intelligent and hard-working companion. They are often bold and alert, but at the same time loving and gentle towards their family. Their working roots mean they often need a task or activity to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
Suitability and attitude
The Appenzeller-Berner Mountain Dog is ideally suited for:
- Active families: since both breeds are high energy, this mix needs regular exercise and mental challenges.
- Rural environments: A home with a large garden or yard is ideal, although with regular exercise they can thrive in urban settings.
- Dog sports: Their intelligence and eagerness make them excellent candidates for activities such as agility or obedience.
Care and health
Their coats are dense and weather resistant, which means they are well equipped to handle colder climates. A weekly brushing is usually sufficient, although more frequent brushing may be required during molting seasons.
It is important to schedule regular veterinary visits and watch for known health problems in both breeds, such as hip dysplasia or certain eye conditions.
What does this mixed breed look like?
In the Appenzeller-Bernese Mountain Dog mix, the appearance can vary , but you can often expect a combination of the tricolor coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the characteristic features of the Appenzeller Mountain Dog, such as the light "eyebrows". They have a strong build and can reach a medium to large size.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
May be common in older dogs.
Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs: increased urination (polyuria) increased water intake. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Loss of appetite
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
It is recommended that from the moment they come home for the first time, they exercise daily and regularly for 15-30 minutes.
These mixed breeds are well-balanced, affectionate dogs who love to spend time with their families. They are peaceful and like to be friendly to other people and animals. They are more intelligent than many other breeds, which makes it easy to teach them new commands.
Appenzeller Bernese Mountain Dogs need some daily exercise to stay healthy. For a proper level of endurance, muscle strengthening and activity, they should spend at least one hour per day in the fresh air.