Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier Mix

The Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Appenzeller Sennenhund and the Black Russian Terrier. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Appenzeller Sennenhund also known as the blass is known for being self-assured, energetic, and lively. 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 Appenzeller Sennenhund or the Black Russian Terrier? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier Mix.

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Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier 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.

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

Black Russian Terrier History

Here’s a dog that’s been sort of mislabeled: the Black Russian Terrier is not actually a terrier, but a working breed and a hodgepodge of other dogs that passed through Russia some time during or after World War II. Dogs that may have contributed to its development include the Airedale, the Giant Schnauzer, the Rottweiler, the Newfoundland, the Caucasian Ovtcharka and other breeds. The Black Russian’s purpose initially was to serve as a military guard for the Soviet Army; since then, his strong guarding instincts have helped protect families all over Europe. He goes by different names across the continents: in France he is known as the Terrier Noir Russe, and in Germany he goes by Schwarze Russische Terrier. And the Russians still have a number of alternate names for him: the Chornyi, the Tchiorny Terrier, the Russian Bear Schnauzer
Whatever you call him, he was placed in the working group when the AKC acknowledged him in 1984 — again, because that category more appropriately fits his heritage, temperament and skill set. During World War II and some of the Cold War years, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics owned and operated The Red Star Kennel for the purpose of breeding and training military dogs. The breeding stock came from several of the countries the Russians took over after the war, East Germany in particular. The dog was bred to work hard in the harsh climate of Russia and its surrounding countries. Little thought was given to the dog’s appearance.

The Red Star Kennel was the sole breeder of Black Russian Terriers until 1957, when a few puppies were sold to outside breeders. These breeders had the goal of blending in good looks while retaining the breed’s strength and capacity to work. In time, these efforts proved fruitful. The strong, capable and better-looking Black Russian Terrier soon began popping up elsewhere in the Soviet Union; he was seen in St. Petersberg, the Ukraine, and Siberia. It was only a matter of time before the first European sighting of the Black Russian Terrier, in Finland, and later in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and both Germanys. Later he went transcontinental, traveling to the United States, Canada, Australia and other nations where people seemed to fancy him. Full recognition from the American Kennel Club came in 1984.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier Mix Size and Weight

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

Black Russian Terrier
Height: 26 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 80 - 150 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 11 years

Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier Mix Personality

The Appenzeller Sennenhund and the Black Russian Terrier are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. The Appenzeller is known for being lively, reliable, and fearless.This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”

Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier 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 Appenzeller Sennenhund mixed with the Black Russian Terrier might be prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, gastric torsion, epilepsy, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier 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.

Appenzeller Sennenhund Black Russian Terrier 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."

Appenzeller Sennenhund Links

Appenzell Mountain Dog Club of America

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