Appenzeller Spitzhaubens are a medium sized breed, believed to have developed in Switzerland. The most common coloring is silver spangled, but solid black and gold spangled are also recognized, but rare in Canada.

Two very distinct attributes of spitzhaubens is the large tuft on their heads, and the v-shaped comb, with two horns at the back of it. Wattles are present and pronounced. This presence of wattles and lack of a beard and muff is the distinguishing feature between them and the brabanters.

The Spitzhaubens are known for being active and lively, making great foragers. They can be somewhat flighty but quickly learn routine and settle in. They are good layers of fairly large white eggs, rarely go broody, and are quite hardy, if given some winter protection.