Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Alsatian Shepalute
The American Alsatian is an emerging breed developed from five exceptional purebred dogs to create the ideal family companion-- intelligent, eager to learn, but perhaps a bit less aware and jumpy than the true working breeds. The five breeds in the mix include the Alaskan Malamute, the German Shepherd Dog, the Great Pyrenees, the Anatolian Shepherd, and the English Mastiff. With that DNA, expect a large dog that has the capacity to be a loyal, hard-working pet if you give it good training and something meaningful to do. A neglected American Alsatian forgotten in a tiny yard or apartment could become destructive.
Appearance / health:
According to the National American Alsatian Club breed standards, ""The American Alsatian is a large Dire wolf looking dog that stands calm and alert. He possesses thick, dense bone, a broad stature, and an impressive head. His look includes that of a gentle intelligence with a bit of secrecy in his slanted yellow-eyed stare. He is powerfully heavy; aware of his surroundings; well muscled and calmly alert. He is well balanced and longer than he is tall. Exhibiting a unique combination of a wolf-like appearance and a calm, gentle disposition, his soundness of mind and body gives the impression of stability and loyalty. Exhibiting a unique combination of a wolf-like appearance and a calm, gentle disposition, his soundness of mind and body gives the impression of stability and loyalty."
The American Alsatian needs regular brushing, especially with the back leg feathering and behind the ears. This breed has a thick undercoat that can keep them quite warm in the winter, but hinder them in the hot summer months. It is important to keep them cool until they shed or "blow" their thick undercoat. At this time it is a must to brush them daily until all the loose fur is released.
The breed displays a great deal of "hybrid vigor" and does not need special diets or grooming.
Behavior / temperament:
The American Alsatian is quiet and mellow preferring jobs/work that do not require a lot of physical activity. Some Alsatian Shepalutes have been successful with wilderness search and rescue, but most American Alsatians prefer the calm work of the therapy dog or the Reading Education Assistance Dog.
The American Alsatian is bred solely for companionship. These gentle giants are calm dogs with low working drive. The American Alsatian is not afraid of thunder or loud noises and large crowds of people are not a bother. This breed of dog does not have a tendency to bark, whine, dig, jump, or wander and its companion dog personality is its most important trait.
The American Alsatian is mostly a non-barking breed.
laid back, wonderful dog, large gorgeous dogs, easiest dogs, loving dog, family dog, Great Companion Dog
strange dogs, health problems, slight aloofness
From Detwiler Aug 21 2014 6:16AM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 136 days ago
Learning to Live With Them
My baby Rocky, there is a lot I can say about him; but not sure about his breed exactly.
I rescued him from a shelter where he ended up being found living on the streets for months; he is about year old- no exact date just an estimated guess based on his teeth. It took us forever to figure out his breed and when we did we had to research it. Being a rescue dog he is a handful and his breed is pumped full of energy even in his puppy state. He doesn't bark much unless he is super excited, but makes him not well for a guard dog he is more of a happy greater!
He loves to play but can get a little rough sometimes with the biting and has to be warned several times to stop and then he will just stop playing all together. Apparently this breed is very hard-headed and stubborn. We tried to train him with treats and then used other command items like clickers and a leash but he just learned to ignore the treats and pee on the leash so we actually stopped all that and just learned he would only ever learn two things. Go lay down. And a finger snap, with a point to get him off furniture or to move. Other than that he doesn't beg, doesn't get table scraps, and chases the cats.
One decent thing about him is he doesn't actually try to hurt our cats, he just likes playing with them; he does chase them but will lay down with them and just nudge them for play. Our shy Russian cat does not enjoy it and will meow and hiss until he leaves him alone. Our tabby however loves it! He will lay on his side and paw at Rocky for more play and even egg him on by teasing him then getting him to chase him and hide where the dog has to find him- which he sucks at.
He is fixed but still manages to pee on everything; finally got him to stop peeing in the house. He may not know basic commands like sit and stay, but he listens to odd random commands like "stop don't pee on the couch!"
Now these dogs tend to get chubby fast, so exercise them a lot, he put on a pouch and deemed himself a diet super fast because he likes dog and kitty food. However these dogs have somewhat sensitive digestive tracts- or at least our dog does. Any little mishap, change of food, too much or too little, just anything really can give him either diarrhea or gets him vomiting. So we have to really watch what he eats and the brand, etc. So watch it on the table scraps!
Lastly grooming, he isn't that bad or hard to take care of but with medium length fur he does require a bit of brushing, and we choose a weekly bath, and weekly clipping of the nails. The nails are difficult but a nice treat of milk and an egg will give him a healthy coat that is nice n shiny. A nice warm bath after that, and a good blow-dry and comb which he enjoys very much! It's all in how fun you make it!
Now with every breed it can be a question of what their personality could be like but at least knowing the breed can give you some type of background. But when you get an rescue animal it could be way off the charts and a learning behavior for the both of you. We have learned to live with his spastic ways, and his inability to learn simple commands. We learned to love his goofy disposition and his extremely adorable forgive me- puppy face. This is a wonderful and beautiful dog to have whether purebred, mixed, adopted, bought, found or raised!.
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