Appenzeller Sennenhund vs African Wild Dog

Compare the Appenzeller Sennenhund to the African Wild Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Appenzeller Sennenhunds and African Wild Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a good choice for new owners. The African Wild Dog is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Appenzeller Sennenhund is very child friendly. The African Wild Dog is not child-friendly and is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Grooming - The Appenzeller Sennenhund is very easy to groom. The African Wild Dog has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Appenzeller Sennenhund and African Wild Dog are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Appenzeller Sennenhund vs African Wild Dog
Tri-Color Appenzeller Sennenhund
African Wild Dog
Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAfrican Wild Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height19-22 in.24-30 in.
Weight48-55 lb44-66 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandEgypt
Origin Year1906 ADUnknown
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Poor
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Poor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Poor
Personality
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredHighNone
Top Running Speed24 mph41 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowNone
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNone-LowLow

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 NameAppenzeller SennenhundAfrican Wild Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageHigh
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingVery LowHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAfrican Wild Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Canine DistemperNoYes
RabiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAfrican Wild Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Tri-colorYesYes
BlackNoYes
WhiteNoYes
YellowNoYes