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Alano Dog

Alano Dog

The alano dog breed is a Spanish breed.

It is named after the ancient breed called the Alanos which is believed to have arrived in 406 BC when they were brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Alans. The alano dog weighs about 20 to 40 kgs and grows to a height of 22 to 25 inches. They come in various colors such as black, brindle, sable wolf, red and fawn. The breed was originally used for guarding livestock, hunting game and handling cattle.

Alano Dog Breed, Info, Puppies, Life Expectancy, Grooming

Alano dogs are powerful dogs that are suited for herding cattle and running. Their body structure is well proportioned with powerful shoulders and deep chests.

The paws are rather large and the shoulders and withers are solid. The hind limbs are muscular and powerful. Alano dogs tend to be dominating and display a rather serious appearance. However it is possible to control them. They are also known to be gentle and protective when around their owners and families. They get along well with children and show patience and kindness with them.

They also like to play around children. Alanos do not bark a lot. They are reliable dogs that show considerable obedience to their owners. Alanos may, however, become nervous and uncomfortable around strangers. In some cases, they may also attack. This usually occurs when they feel threatened. The alano dog breed is a determined, loyal breed. They are hard working dogs and do not give into pain easily. They do enjoy playing and socializing with other dogs. Mothers generally give birth to about 11 Alano puppies. The pups are known to be quite energetic and vocal. An important point to remember is that this breed was not bred for its looks. It was meant to be a rustic, powerful breed.

Alanos prefer to remain outdoors and can withstand cold and hot temperatures. They tend to also sleep outdoors in a yard. Grooming does not have to be extensive as it has a short coat. Owners may brush the dog occasionally using a rubber brush. Bathing should only be done when needed so that coat can retain its natural oils. Dog grooming can also include cleaning the ears and eyes, brushing the teeth and trimming the toenails. There may be difficulty in housebreaking Alanos and therefore it is advisable to keep them outdoors. Alanos may be prone to health complications such as hip dysplasia. The average life expectancy of this breed is about 11 – 14 years.

  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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