Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD) is the most common human neurodegenerative disease. Legacy amyloidogenic mouse models have been useful for understanding disease progression, however in the face of failing human trials more focus on disease translation with new mouse strains that better model human Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is required. MODEL-AD (Model Organism Development and Evaluation for Late-onset AD) groups are identifying and integrating disease-relevant, humanized gene sequences from public databases to create more translatable mouse models for therapy development. Mice expressing strong genetic risk factors for LOAD, APOEe4 and Trem2*R47H, were extensively aged and assayed using a multi-disciplined phenotyping approach associated with and relative to human AD pathology. Behavioral, transcriptomic, metabolic, and neuropathological assays identified sex and age as the main sources of variation between genotypes including age-specific enrichment of AD-related processes in the absence of mouse amyloid plaque formation. These data provide an important, baseline understanding of the individual effects and interaction between two strong genetic risk factors for LOAD. These two alleles together form a sensitized, background strain (B6.APOE4.Trem2*R47H, which we have termed ‘LOAD1’) necessary to examine how important underlying risk factors interact with any subsequent genetic or environmental cues to drive pathology.