Dog Breed

Alano Espanol

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Full Name
Alano Espanol
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Life Span
11 - 14 years
75- 90 pounds

This is a rustic breed and has been used for cattle herding, hunting, and guarding. It was formerly used during Spanish bullfights, and is sometimes called the Spanish Bulldog in English. The population has been dwindling ever since "bull-baiting" was outlawed in 1880. However, recently there has been a push by breeders to re-birth the breed, particularly in farmlands in Spain.

Bred For
Livestock Guardian
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Alano Espanol good with children?

    Yes, the Alano Espanol is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Alano Espanol naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Alano Espanol friendly with strangers?

    The Alano Espanol is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Alano Espanol friendly with other dogs?

    Yes! The Alano Espanol naturally loves other dogs. As always, socialization is always important, but the Alano Espanol typically gets along with every dog it meets
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Alano Espanol like to cuddle?

    The Alano Espanol likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.

    Does the Alano Espanol like to play?

    The Alano Espanol is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Alano Espanol make a good service dog?

    The Alano Espanol is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Alano Espanol good for first-time owners?

    The Alano Espanol would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Alano Espanol be trained?

    The Alano Espanol can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the Alano Espanol can be incredibly well-trained.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Alano Espanol shed a lot?

    The Alano Espanol is an average shedder. Alano Espanol owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Alano Espanol easy to groom?

    The Alano Espanol requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Alano Espanol to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Alano Espanol on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Alano Espanol need a lot of exercise?

    The Alano Espanol has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.

    How smart is the Alano Espanol?

    The Alano Espanol is very smart. Above-average intelligence means they can pick up on cues and signals quickly when it comes to training. But it also means that they need to be challenged mentally, in addition to their standard exercise needs.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Alano Espanol bark? Does the Alano Espanol bark too much?

    The Alano Espanol barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Alano Espanols - some may be much more expressive than others.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Alano Espanol a good guard dog?

    The Alano Espanol is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Alano Espanol is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Alano Espanol good at staying alone? Is the Alano Espanol independent?

    The Alano Espanol does not enjoy being left alone for extended periods. They can do well for a couple of hours alone, but may have anxiety for time beyond that.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Alano Espanol a good apartment dog?

    The Alano Espanol is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.

    How big is the Alano Espanol?

    The Alano Espanol is a large dog breed. A dog's size is important to consider when it comes to travel arrangements, budgeting for food, and how big of a living space you have.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Alano Espanol tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Alano Espanol?

    The Alano Espanol can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Alano Espanol tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Alano Espanol?

    The Alano Espanol can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Alano Espanol try to run away?

    It is natural for the Alano Espanol to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Alano Espanol a healthy dog? The health of a Alano Espanol should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Alano Espanol is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Alano Espanol?

    The Alano Espanol has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Alano Espanol into your home. Can you give your Alano Espanol enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Alano Espanol drool?

    The Alano Espanol drools a decent amount, especially if that irresistible food is nearby.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Alano Espanol have a large prey drive? Does the Alano Espanol like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Alano Espanol has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.

    Is the Alano Espanol atheltic?

    The Alano Espanol is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
  1. Working
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The Alano Espanol is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Working dog breed group.
Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.

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