Appenzeller Sennenhund vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Appenzeller Sennenhund and the American Pit Bull Terrier are good for new owners, but the Appenzeller Sennenhund is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Appenzeller Sennenhund and American Pit Bull Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Appenzeller Sennenhund and American Pit Bull Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Appenzeller Sennenhund has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Appenzeller Sennenhund vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-13 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height19-22 in.17-20 in.
Weight48-55 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1906 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph30 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNone-LowNone-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 NameAppenzeller SennenhundAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAppenzeller SennenhundAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Tri-colorYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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