Spanish Alano

The Spanish Alano is an ancient breed that descends from molosser breeds like the Great Dane or the Dogue de Bordeaux. Certainly not bred for beauty, the Alano was used as a hunting dog to ferret out prey for its master. Its dedication and unwavering attention to the task at hand make it a great hunting dog that just won't give up. Although this dog is only used for cattle herding and hunting today, back in Spain in the 1800s, it was also used for bullfights, big-game hunting, guarding and defense, and war.

Males grow to between 23 and 25 inches, while females grow to 22 to 24 inches, with both weighing anywhere from 75 to 89 pounds. This large, sturdy dog has a well-proportioned, toned body with strong shoulders and arched rib cage. It has large paws, with muscled hindquarters, large nose, rounded ears, wide muzzle and powerful jaws. Personality: The Spanish Alano can be very serious with a dominant nature. It can be obedience trained to learn to be submissive to its owner. It's very affectionate with members of its family, patient, kind with children, reliable, obedient, with very little barking. This breed is suspicious of strangers, and is loyal, devoted, hardworking and fearless. It functions well as a team so be prepared to socialize the dog early on. While difficult to housebreak, the Alano does extremely well as an outdoor dog. Puppies chew a lot and can be quite defensive. Owners must be the leader of the pack and display dominance.

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Life Span
11 - 14 years
Other Names
Alano Espanol, Alano, Spanish Bulldog, Spanish Alano

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Size
Giant

Males grow to between 23 and 25 inches, while females grow to 22 to 24 inches, with both weighing anywhere from 75 to 89 pounds. This large, sturdy dog has a well-proportioned, toned body with strong shoulders and arched rib cage. It has large paws, with muscled hindquarters, large nose, rounded ears, wide muzzle and powerful jaws.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

The Spanish Alano can be very serious with a dominant nature. It can be obedience trained to learn to be submissive to its owner. It's very affectionate with members of its family, patient, kind with children, reliable, obedient, with very little barking. This breed is suspicious of strangers, and is loyal, devoted, hardworking and fearless.

It functions well as a team so be prepared to socialize the dog early on.

While difficult to housebreak, the Alano does extremely well as an outdoor dog. Puppies chew a lot and can be quite defensive. Owners must be the leader of the pack and display dominance.

Appearance

Shedding
Moderate shedding
Grooming
Low maintenance

This shorthaired dog doesn't require too much in the way of grooming. Use a rubber brush every once in a while to help your dog shed his coarse hair. Try to avoid too much bathing, as this will strip his skin of natural oils. The Spanish Alano is an average shedder.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy
  • The Spanish Alano belongs to the Mastiff family
  • The Spanish Alano is also known as the Spanish Bulldog or Alana Espanol
  • The life expectancy of the Spanish Alano is between 11 and 14 years

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Common Health Conditions in Spanish Alanos

The Spanish Alano is a robust dog that has been bred to survive under the harshest of conditions. As such, it is a resistant breed with no known health ailments. If they do get sick, their recovery time is much shorter than that of other breeds. With such hearty stock, it's easy to see why the Spanish Alano is so healthy.

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