Hovawart vs Appenzeller Sennenhund

Compare the Hovawart to the Appenzeller Sennenhund. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Hovawarts and Appenzeller Sennenhunds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Hovawart and Appenzeller Sennenhund are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Hovawart and Appenzeller Sennenhund are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Appenzeller Sennenhund is very easy to groom. The Hovawart has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Appenzeller Sennenhund has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Hovawart vs Appenzeller Sennenhund
Black & Gold Hovawart
Tri-Color Appenzeller Sennenhund
Breed NameHovawartAppenzeller Sennenhund
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height23-28 in.19-22 in.
Weight60-100 lb48-55 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanySwitzerland
Origin Year1210 AD1906 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 70°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-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 NameHovawartAppenzeller Sennenhund
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameHovawartAppenzeller Sennenhund
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Underactive ThyroidYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameHovawartAppenzeller Sennenhund
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black/goldYesNo
BlondeYesNo
Tri-colorNoYes