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Alano Espaņol (Spanish Bulldog)
One of the Molosser breeds, the Alano Espanol is remarkably intelligent and dominant and will not miss an opportunity to usurp authority.  This is not an invitation to mistreat or physically punish or threaten a dog!  Instead, this demeanor requires respect (in order that respect is returned), fair and thorough training and socializing to create a balanced, happy and courteous canine companion.
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General Information
Group(s): Working Height: 22-25 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75-90 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: shades of red, tan, brown, black with black mask, black/tan Coat type: short, smooth, moderate shedding
Recognized Registries: none at present indicated
Overall Appearance: Heavy Mastiff type head for all that this is one of the Molosser breeds noted for a lack of drooling, slobbering and snoring. Powerful, muscled body with short smooth coat.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: protective, intense, powerful
  with Children: not to be left unsupervised in any event
  with other pets: not ideal
  with dogs: not ideal
Socialization requirements: very high
Ideal home characteristics: with respect to regular exercise, time must be devoted daily. Training and socializing will help this dog in recognizing the social structure.
Temperament Notes: Not a dog for the inexperienced dog owner. This is easily a dog that could through inappropriate or mishandling become dangerous.
Training requirement: high
Trainer notes: Regular brief training sessions will keep this dog focused as well as increasing their sense of connection with their owner/handler.  This is invaluable in a novel situation where the dog may need to rely on the owner to indicate proper response.  Adequate exercise will also be critical in maintaining a balanced attitude for this dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: several hundred BC - speculated
Country of Origin: Spain
Original Function: war dog, bullfighting
History: Brought over as one of the original Molosser breeds to Iberyia, later saved by interested parties after bullfighting using the dogs was banned.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: noted as a rustic, rugged breed, no health issues noted but then without documentation it would be difficult to track
Health Testing: certainly OFA or Penn Hip would be advisable as most breeds of this extraction have issue with Hip Dysplasia
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Alanos?
  • What do you consider a proper temperament?
  • What do you seek in your breeding stock (especially critical as registration, titles and health issues aren't noted or available)?
  • How did you choose the sire of this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What health issues have you noted in the breed?
  • What do you look for in a puppy home?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
Web Sites: Most Alano Espanol sites are in other European languages (German, Spanish).  Some search engines can translate so DigitalDog suggests that you search on the breed name and then have the pages translated for further information.
Other Resources
Breed standard: A lack of organized parent/custodial club means that there is no documented breed standard or breeder ethics endorsed by those most knowledgable of the breed.  This is a serious impediment to someone seeking a responsibly, ethically and quality bred pup.
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