American Staffordshire Terrier vs Appenzeller Sennenhund

Compare the American Staffordshire Terrier to the Appenzeller Sennenhund. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between American Staffordshire Terriers and Appenzeller Sennenhunds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Appenzeller Sennenhund and the American Staffordshire Terrier are good for new owners, but the Appenzeller Sennenhund is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Appenzeller Sennenhund are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Appenzeller Sennenhund are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Appenzeller Sennenhund are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Appenzeller Sennenhund
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAppenzeller Sennenhund
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height17-80 in.19-22 in.
Weight45-70 lb48-55 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesSwitzerland
Origin Year1890 AD1906 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountMediumNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAppenzeller Sennenhund
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAppenzeller Sennenhund
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAppenzeller Sennenhund
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
Seal BrownYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & TanYesNo
Tri-colorNoYes
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