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American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix


The American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the American Leopard Hound and the Appenzeller Sennenhund. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Leopard Hound, also known as the Leopard Cur is known for being affectionate, devoted, eager, and loyal. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the American Leopard Hound or the Appenzeller Sennenhund? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix puppy. That is, if they have any American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix puppies for sale.

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American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

American Leopard Hound History

The American Leopard Hound, Leopard Cur, is thought to have descended from dogs brought to the American by Spanish conquistadors and crossed with native dogs of Mexico. There were a lot of feral hogs in the States and it was brought by settlers to hunt them. It didn’t just hunt hogs and is known as one fo the oldest tree dog breeds in the Americas. In the early 1700’s it was pretty established in eastern NC and the Western smokies into Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 1998, the American Leopard Hound was recognized as the Leopard Cur by the United Kennel Club. The American Leopard Hound - Leopard Cur - is not formally recognized by the AKC, it has been in their Foundation Stock Service since 2012.



Appenzeller Sennenhund History

They originated in the Appenzell region of Switzerland and are the rarest of four rare breeds of ancient Swiss Mountain dogs. Like most breeds of dog, the Appenzeller Sennenhund was bred to have a purpose. In their case it was as a cattle-herding dog and to guard the flock. This of course changed over time and it was used as a draft dog and a good ol farm dog. They were also a good protector for the family as well as good companions. Today, they are primarily kept as companions, although working versions of them still exist. They are highly intelligent and learn quickly


American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix Size and Weight

American Leopard Hound
Height: 20 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 110 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years

Appenzeller Sennenhund
Height: 20-22 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 49 - 71 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years


American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix Personality

The American Leopard Hound and the Appenzeller Sennenhund are both loyal and affectionate. They are also very charming, so watch out! This dog will require a good training regimen as they can get excited. They are very loyal to their family. One of the best things you can do for any breed is to socialize it as much as possible. Please use positive reinforcement, it goes a long way! She should be rather affectionate and love being with you, she can also be stubborn so keep that in mind.


American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The American Leopard Hound mixed with the Appenzeller Sennenhund might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye problems, hearing problems, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.


American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix Care


What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.


American Leopard Hound Appenzeller Sennenhund Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."



American Leopard Hound Links

Janeens Catahoula Leopard Dog Rescue

BlackJack Rescue

Animal League


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