appenzell mountain dog breed information

common health issues

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Clinical signs of hypothyroidism are caused by a decrease in normal thyroid activity. In congenital hypothyroidism, puppies will have stunted growth and other abnormalities. A blood test confirms the disease and treatment with thyroid hormone supplements is lifelong.

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

The Appenzell Mountain Dog, also called the Appenzeller Sennenhund, is the rarest of the four Swiss herding breeds, or “sennenhunds”. Thought to descend from Molossers brought to the region by the Romans in ancient times, there are some who theorize that they descend only from dogs that were already native to the Alps. “Sennenhund” means “dog of the Senn”, the herding people of that region, who originally kept him as a flock guardian, herder and general farm dog. The first Appenzeller breed club and register was established in 1906, but they remain rare outside their native land.

The Appenzell is a muscular, medium-sized dog with a strong build, weighing between 50 and 70 lbs. He bears a strong resemblance to his Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Bernese Mountain Dog and Entelbucher Mountain Dog cousins, though his tri-colored double coat is short and glossy and requires little care.

Intelligent and athletic, he makes a good companion dog for active families, as well as a tireless competitor in obedience, agility and Schutzhund (a competitive and highly demanding dog sport originally developed in Germany). He is strong-willed and may become destructive or bark excessively if he is not well-exercised, so daily jogs and a confident, experienced owner are musts for this herding dog. He enthusiastically greets family and friends, and gets along well with other pets if he is raised among them.

Although an energetic and hardy breed, the Appenzell Mountain Dog is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Appenzells are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism; neurological diseases such as epilepsy; and eye conditions such as entropion.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Appenzell Mountain Dog inherits his father’s bad hips or his mother’s bad eyes, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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