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? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Alano Espanol friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

    Dog Friendly

    Is the Alano Espanol friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Alano Espanol like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.


    Does the Alano Espanol like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Alano Espanol make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Alano Espanol good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

    Training Potential

    How well can the Alano Espanol be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Alano Espanol. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Alano Espanol shed a lot?

    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Alano Espanol easy to groom?

    Exercise Need

    Does the Alano Espanol need a lot of exercise?


    How smart is the Alano Espanol?

    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Alano Espanol bark? Does the Alano Espanol bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Alano Espanol a good guard dog?

    Tolerates Being Alone

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

    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Alano Espanol a good apartment dog? Can the Alano Espanol live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.


    How big is the Alano Espanol?

    Tolerates Heat

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

    Tolerates Cold

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

    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Alano Espanol try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Alano Espanol a healthy dog? The general health of a Alano Espanol should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. 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.

    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Alano Espanol? Is the Alano Espanol too energetic for your lifestyle?

    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Alano Espanol drool?

    Prey Drive

    Does the Alano Espanol have a large prey drive? Does the Alano Espanol like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.


    Is the Alano Espanol atheltic? Is the Alano Espanol fast and strong?

    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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