Smaller than the Bernese and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, but not as small as the Entelbucher, this lovely breed is suited for companion life and is fairly easy to train. One of its distinguishing physical characteristics is its tightly curled tail, suggesting some spitz strains in its bloodline.
The alert Appenzell Cattledog is very well-muscled and has a short, but dense coat. The colour is always black-and-tan with white markings. Average height is around 22 inches.