Traditionally used to drive and guard cattle and other beasts, as well as to protect the farmstead, Appenzellers are also versatile working dogs and outstanding family dogs. They belong to a tricoloured, medium-sized, square-shaped breed of dog of good proportions.
Muscular, highly mobile and agile, with a characteristic mischievous expression, these dogs are generally lively, full of high spirits and self-assured. They are fearless but distrustful of strangers. They are famous for being steadfast, but they are also wonderful companions and very receptive.
Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)