(Spanish Bulldog, Spanish Alano)The Alano Espanol possesses a classic, primitive appearance and a well-proportioned build. The breed’s body is muscular and strong, with an arched rib cage that is not cylindrical and a chest that meets the level of the elbows. Their limbs and shoulders are sturdy, and their front legs are much brawnier than their back legs. Alano Espanols have comparatively large paws, solid withers and shoulders, and physically powerful muscles in their hindquarters. They are almost straight-backed, and their belly is somewhat retracted. Alano Espanols have a large, thick neck that features two double chins. They have a head reminiscent of a bulldog, with a square facade and a serious expression. Alano Espanols have a wide muzzle with a vertical stop and a large, black nose with open nostrils. Their ears are usually docked and are curved at the tip, but their long, tapered tail is always left as-is. The breed has a strong set of jaws and their wide, well-developed teeth meet in a firm or inverted scissors bite. They are a very athletic breed, and are capable of trotting for miles. Alano Espanols have a short, glossy, close-fitting coat that varies in color. Alano Espanols suitable for the show ring are permitted to have a yellow, wolf gray, fawn, or red coat. Black facial masks or tiger stripes are also allowed. White markings are limited to certain parts of the body.
Alano Espanols are very serious and domineering, but they can be controllable. They are very kind, protective, and gentle with their families, and they are patient and good with children. They do not bark much, as they are a very reliable, stable, and obedient breed. Strangers make Alano Espanols nervous, and they are capable of attacking without warning if they feel threatened. The breed is very determined, passionate, and loyal. They are devoted hard-workers and have a high tolerance for pain. Alano Espanols like to play, romp, and socialize with other dogs. They will not be submissive when challenged by another dog or animal. Alano Espanols are best as an outside dog, and they need a dominant owner to be properly behaved.
Alano Espanols are an extremely hardy breed, as they were created for hard work and rough living conditions. They are not prone to any serious injuries, nor do they snore, slobber, or drool. They have excellent immune systems and make quick recoveries from most illnesses. Alano Espanols have an average life span of 11 to 14 years.
The Alano Espanol is an ancient breed that is thought to have arrived when the Alans brought them to the Iberian Peninsula in 406 A.C. Many believe they are ancestors of popular molosser breeds like the Great Dane and the Dogue de Bordeaux. Alano Espanols were never bred for their looks. Rather, they have always served a working purpose. Today, the Alano Espanol is frequently utilized as a companion. The breed has a number of natural abilities including guarding, police work, obedience, agility, weight-pulling, herding, hunting, and tracking. They make excellent watch dogs and are infamous for their wide, firm, tenacious jaw grip.
They were once used to fight, catch, and hold bulls.
Because of the Alano Espanol’s short hair, he needs very little grooming. Brushing the coat with a rubber brush can help the shedding process and prevent him from losing excessive amounts of hair indoors. To prevent removing natural skin oils, an Alano Espanol should be bathed only as necessary. They are average shedders. Alano Espanols need rigorous exercise, as they are a breed designed for work-related purposes. If kept as a family pet, an Alano Espanol should be walked daily and allowed to run free for a substantial part of the day.
Alano Espanols do best as an outside dog. They are equipped to handle temperature fluctuations, and they can adapt to a variety of climates. Alano Espanols like a big yard where they have plenty of room to run and play.