One of four closely related Swiss mountain dog breeds created to labor on farms, herd cattle, and pull heavy carts is the Appenzeller Sennenhund. The bigger Swiss mountain dog, the Entlebucher mountain dog, and the Bernese mountain dog round out the group of four. While the tricolor of all four breeds is the same (black and white with tan markings), the size and type of their coats differ. The primary functions of the Appenzeller Sennenhund, also known as the Appenzeller mountain dog or Appenzell cow dog, were to guard the land and herd cattle. They are best kept in the care of experienced owners due to their high activity and training requirements, fear of strangers, and other traits.
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