Appenzeller Mountain Dog

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Group: Foundation Stock Service

Appenzellers originated from Roman Mastiffs and local Swiss working dogs during the Roman conquest of Europe. A touch of Hungarian influence is suspected somewhere along the way because of the curled tail over the back. Bred for herding and guarding, Appenzellers still perform these tasks.

Size: 18 to 23 inches, 50 to 70 pounds.

Color: Tri-black (black, brown and white).

Life span: 12 to 13 years.

Health problems: no known regularly occurring problems.

Appenzellers are well-built, muscular dogs with wide, flat heads and a muzzle that narrows to its black nose. They have small eyes and pendant ears (ears that hang down). Their tails curl over their backs. They have a short double coat that is thick and glossy. All Appenzellers have rust markings between the black and white colors on their coats.

Appenzellers love to run and jump, they are hard to wear out! They are super smart and learn very quickly. They are loyal and sensitive to your emotions. Appenzellers are always up for the next adventure! They make ideal companions when they are adequately exercised both mentally and physically every day. If they aren’t, Appenzellers will get into mischief — destruction-style. As a natural herder, they may nip while running, so you’ll have to discourage that and do some training. If raised with a cat or another dog, they make an excellent companion to them too.

Grooming is super easy. When it occurs to you, give them a brushing to remove the dead hair (but don’t feel the need to keep to a rigid schedule). Training is essential for Appenzellers. Do not be too harsh or aggressive or your Appenzeller will respond in kind. You should be firm, fair and consistent. If you treat your Appenzeller with respect, you’ll get that respect right back.

 

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Akbash

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Group: Rare

Akbash is Turkish for “white head.” Originally from Turkey, Akbash were used for herding.

Size: 90 to 130 pounds. 28 to 32 inches (females), 30 to 34 inches (males).

Color: White.

Life span: Up to 10 years.

Health problems: Hip dysplasia or osteochondritis dissecans, a joint condition.

When not raised to be a companion, Akbash make ideal guard dogs as they will not be personable at all. If you want an Akbash companion and you provide him with the proper socialization, an Akbash  will be ideal. Intelligent, loyal and brave, they display a unique sensitivity that isn’t found in many breeds.

If you’re a farmer or rancher, this is the perfect dog for you. He will be happy to assist you with all your tasks. If you have a large yard, an Akbash could be the dog for you. If you live in an apartment or a small yard, unfortunately, keep looking; Akbash need the space to roam. They are natural herders, be careful if you have small children.

Despite their long coat, a weekly brushing will suffice. Both the long and short coated varieties will shed heavily twice a year.