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In February 2015, we added a new breed to our 'Cuddle Pugs' kennel. We chose an Appenzeller Sennenhunde because this breed is not too large and more importantly this breed has very few health concerns. We had been looking for an Appenzeller Sennenhund as a "Pug" guardian to bring with us when we moved to our property in Deroche. We wanted to have a larger dog around to help ward off predatorial animals in the area such as eagles, coyotes, etc. and that would also help round-up the Pugs for us if/when needed. We currently have three (3) Appenzellers, Ulric, Buca, and our most recent addition, Daenerys.
Appenzellers are not a recognized 'breed' with the Canadian Kennel Club in Canada and are considered a rare breed with the American Kennel Club in the US. Appenzellers can be registered with with AKC FSS (American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Services). If registered with AKC FSS, Appenzellers are permitted to enter agility and obedience events in the US and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Until recently Appenzellers were not permitted to enter AKC conformation shows but can now participate in AKC FSS 'Open' show conformation events. Appenzellers are also able to enter UKC (United Kennel Club) and IABCA (International) conformation events held across North America.
Deroche Appenzellers is a proud member of the AMDCA (Appenzell Mountain Dog Club of America).