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    The American Alsatian is a large domesticated dog (canis familiaris) that is meant to characterize what is ‘IMAGINED' as the extinct prehistoric Dire Wolf with large round bones and a deep broad head. Superficially similar to a wolf in some aspects, it was bred distinctly as a large breed companion dog in which all working or herding instincts were undesired.

    Mostly silver-wolf-gray in coat color and having slanted yellow eyes, this gentle companion dog has been in existence since 1987-1988 in which the dogs were then known by the name Shepalute.

     In 1994 the Mastiff was bred into the Shepalute's and in 2000 the dog became known as the Alsatian Shepalute as the breeds temperament was set and the Breed Founder could now concentrate on the look of the dogs.

     In 2005 the book "The Alsatian Shepalute" was published and in 2009 the book "The American Alsatian" hit the ground running.

   In 2010 the breed Club officially changed the name of the Non profit club to the "National American Alsatian Club" and Trade Marked it.

PEDIGREES OF THE SHEPALUTE

National American Alsatian Registry

 

Temperament

  Non Hyper, Non Aggressive friendly un-shy dogs. Easy to train and non-barking (for the most part) these dogs are content to stay at home within their own boundary's.

 

Health

  Because of the OUT CROSSING being done, these dogs continue to have hybrid vigor which keeps genetic defects at bay.  For the most part, this breed is pretty clear of all defects and will hardly (if ever) need any special diets or grooming.  Unhealthy pups are not pampered and are allowed to die a natural death as nature intended.  Breeders practice an 'observe and report' testing procedure as well as scoring  6, 8 and 12 week old pups.  All puppies are scored on a 1-10 chart, with low numbers reflecting low scores.

   This type of breeding practice has been keeping health issues extremely low.  Out-crossing is supervised by the NAAR's Breed Master, Warden, and Founder as well as a group of 'Breeders' Board Members.

 

 

HISTORY/ORIGIN

     The American Alsatian is a rare breed of dog that is ‘out of the box’ in terms of what most folks know as purebred dogs. The Founder Lois Denny Schwarz cloned the term ‘Strongbred’ in that this breed of dog breeds back into saturated lines to produce a genetically healthy saturated animal that is then bred to F-1 cross breeds or purebreds. In this way the founder keeps hybrid vigor and health.

 

     The name itself “American Alsatian” is Trade Marked so that these dogs would not be able to be bred indiscriminately by the public or anyone who has not been educated by the National American Alsatians Breed Warden and Founder and given legal permission to breed these dogs with the ever watchful Breed Club in the background.

 

     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.

 

Characteristics

Appearance

     The American Alsatian is a large domesticated dog that is meant to characterize what is ‘IMAGINED' as the extinct prehistoric Dire Wolf with large round bones and a deep broad head. Superficially similar to a wolf in some aspects, it was bred distinctly as a large breed companion dog in which all working or herding instincts were undesired. Developed in the 1980s, they are meant to resemble a Dire Wolf. Am. Alsatians are not recognized by any major kennel club.

Head

     The Head of an American Alsatian is very broad and large sloping slightly from between the yellow eyes down to the deep black nose, closely resembling the wolf of yester-years. The head is of distinctive importance, as it is this head that holds the wolfy yellow-eyed stare. The head is broad and deep, never thin or small in proportion to the body. The skull is longer than the muzzle. This head must rest on a large, short, thick neck and must be held parallel with the ground almost on a level with the shoulders and the back. The Alsatian Shepalute should have a short coat of hair on the head and face. The coat should begin to lengthen as it starts down the neck to the shoulders where the hair is the longest.

 

Skull

     The skull is measured from the point of the stop to the far most point of the occiput. From the occiput to the stop should be 6 to 8 inches. The skull is broad and should allow an extended hand between the ears. From the broadest part of the skull around the head closest to the throat should be 18 to 22 inches. It is slightly rounded, never domed, gradually narrowing and flattening as it approaches the eyes. The stop should slope gently from the eyes down to the muzzle.

 

Muzzle

      His muzzle should be large and thick, the lips should be close fitting and deep black in color with large white teeth. From the stop between the eyes to the front teeth should be 4.5 to 6 inches. The upper and lower jaws should be broad with his large teeth closing in a scissors bite. The total muzzle should be slightly shorter than the head is deep. The circumference of the muzzle should be between 11 to 13 inches.

 

Eyes

     His eyes are an almond shape, medium to small, and set obliquely. Light eyes are preferred with colors ranging from yellow to light brown that gives him the unique wolfish stare. The eyes should have a look of deep black eyeliner around the eye and out from the outer corners of the eyes.

 

Ears

     His ears are triangular in shape and slightly rounded at the tips. They are set wide apart and set on the outside back edges of the skull. The ears are wedge-shaped, erect and small in comparison to the head as well as tipped with deep black hairs to form an outline around the ear. When alerted his ears turn forward. When shamed his ears will turn sideways and lay back along the sides of the skull. From the inside of the skull to the tip of the ear should not be more than 5 inches in length.

 

Size Proportion and Substance

     If the dog in question is above and beyond in health temperament and looks then Size doesn’t matter. The breed standards do say that the height of withers should be no shorter than 26 inches in males and 25 inches in females.

     The overall length of the Am. Alsatian is longer than tall which is measured from the chest bone to the tip of the tail.

     This is a dog of considerable substance which is determined by a broad back, chest and thigh with heavy bone and strong muscle. Any small or thin shallow chests or a thin rear are serious faults in this breed.

 

 Coat types

     All Alsatian coats are coarse and thick during the winter months but shed the undercoat completely during the first days of summer.  Face hair is to be short as well as leg hair. Coat around the neck is thickest and over the shoulders longest. The tail should be a thick plumb but not long and may also shed out during the summer

Serious Faults: Faults in coat include soft, silky, too long outer coat, too woolly and/or curly.

 

Coat colors

     Most desired colors are the silver-wolf-gray. Each strand of outer coat should be as close to agouti as possible.

     The American Alsatian varies in color, but the silver sable is the most desirable. Colors are as follows: silver sable, gold sable, tri sable showing both gold and silver, black silver sable, or cream. Noses always remain black and the skin should be dark in pigmentation. Ears are outlined in black as well as the tip of the tail. Muzzles can be white or cream. Dark muzzles lighten with the years, but the nose should always remain black no matter the color of the muzzle. The color of the dog should never, ever be judged over character, temperament or conformation!

 

Movement and gait

     The rear legs should have drive, while the forelegs should track smoothly with good reach, but never a high step. In motion, the legs move straightforward. The fast walk is smooth and the top line hardly moves, but glides along with the dog. The dog’s head should be in line with his body or slightly higher, but never jetting and pulling the owner with unleashed energy. The gait should flow with a sense of caution or hunting, yet never nervous or afraid. Even while trotting or gaiting in a ring this breed shall always be aware of his handler/owner and movements or noises around him. The propulsion should come from the hindquarters while the front takes the thrust, balance and coordination.

 

Temperament

     The American Alsatian is fearless and bold but never hostile, moving slowly in a sleek manner sniffing the air currents. He is self-confident, poised and inquisitive, but may possess a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate friendships. He should never be timid or nervous, but hold a more solid and laidback temperament of curiosity. He should be approachable, quietly standing with confidence and willingness.

     Developed solely for companionship, he is not a working or herding dog and does not possess high prey drive or the extreme willingness to work or do work. He does possess a strong desire to be close to his master. Therefore, he cannot and does not wander or roam.

     As a puppy, this breed is clownish and loving with a tendency to get as close to his owner’s body as possible even leaning into his master to be sure of his master's attention and presence.

 

Sound

     The Alsatian has a deep and low pitched guttural tone. Barking is infrequent. They do not have a tendency to whine. A high-pitched bark is undesirable.

Serious Faults: Elaborate barking for no reason and/or a high-pitched, yippee, amplified vocalization is a serious fault.

 

 Health

     American Alsatians have an average life span of 12-14 years

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References:

Pauly, Brett. “Shepalute: A Kinder Gentler Dog.” Star Free Press Nov. 19, 1989: Vista Insert.

Varble, Bill. "Big dog's life is to be mellow." Mail Tribune 30 Dec. 2004: Local. Google. 18 Feb. 2008.

http://archive.mailtribune.com/archive/2004/1230/local/stories/01local.htm

Molosser Dogs. "Alsatian Shepalute." MolosserDogs.com. 18 Feb. 2008.

http://molosserdogs.com/modules.php?name=Encyclopedia&op=content&tid=3338

Sutter, Nathan B., and Elaine E Ostrander. “Dog Star Rising: the canine genetic system.” Nature Reviews Genetics. 2004. Google. 18 Feb. 2008. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=author:%22Sutter%22+intitle:%22Dog+star+rising:+the+canine+genetic+system%22+&um=1&ie=UTF-8&

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MY COMMENTS:

 The name was chosen because the word 'Alsatian' brings forth the image of a wolf or the hybrid wolf/dog look and is connected to the image of that nick name "Alsatian Wolf Dog" which was used as a substitute name for the GERMAN shepherd Dog during WWII.

 Seems that the word GERMAN itself placed a very bad taste in the mouths of many people around the world as GERMANY began killing, torturing, raping and stealing their way across the continites. No country would attach this filthy name to anything during these times. Even names of Foods were changed so that people did not have to speak the word "GERMAN".

 Since the English were directly involved in the attacks from the Germans, I am sure it would be a hard fight to bring back the name of the GERMAN'S SHEEPHERDING DOG. Thus the use of the name ALSATIAN WOLF DOG.

What else would you name those dogs that were attached by a leash to GERMAN soldiers that raped your mother and sister and shot your father in front of your young eyes?  There is no way they would call these dogs German Shepherds!  Thus the stubborn refusal to change the name of the 'Britians' Alsatian!

The American Alsatian is a true AMERICAN breed and the only Large Breed Companion Dog in the world as of this writing.

This dog is not a 'Shepherd' as it is not bred to do the job of sheepherding flocks.

This dog was specifically bred to be a companion for humans in need.

F-1's or outcrosses make excellent Farm Shepherds and have been used to keep the Farm Shepherds from extinction.

 


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