Do you know Spanish Alano dogs?
Here is a photo of Betsy, my friend from Costa Rica. She might be a Spanish Alano. Does anybody know this breed? (Probably not... :-|)
I know alot about dog breeds. Though Spanish alano is not so popular but I have to write a hub on what I know about it. Check my Hub on spanish alano.
The Alano Dogs have been called the Spanish Bulldog. They are a big, strong dog, with the males weighing up to 90 pounds. The females are bit smaller. They were originally bred as a war dog. They were used in the bull pit, and as big game hunters in and around the 14 century. They were often called the dogs of colors, because they have beautiful brindle coats of many different colors giving the appearance of tiger stripes in some cases. The breed is recognized by the Spanish Kennel Club, in its country of origin. It has an inverted scissor bite to go along with its legendary bite thrust and jaw strength.
In the picture you can see an Alano, notice the pointed ears? These are cropped to form this shape as they are born with ears that will flop naturally over the face, similar to your Betsy's ears.
The breed can be strong willed and quite assertive. The image of your little friend makes me think she may have some of the Alano in her blood, if not full Alano. It's hard to determine without seeing her up close and personal. So many breeds these days resemble the "pit" breeds, and get mistakenly identified, I wouldn't want to make this error as well. The good news is that the Alano can be a very good breed for loyalty and protection of person and livestock. But, always monitor large breed dogs of any kind if you are unfamiliar with its past and personality.
Your Betsy looks like a real sweety!
Hope this helps,
Hi afriqnet - Dr. Joe! Thanks for your answer. You're of course a pro in this field . Have you actually ever had a Spanish Alano as a patient?
K9keystrokes, Hi. You seem to know a lot about this breed! Thanks for your info. Here is a second photo of Betsy, she is most sweet, cute, friendly, loyal, well-behaved dog I've ever known. Pity, she was only a friend and visitor. She was moving freely between her property and the place where we were (my friend and I) living. She has preferred to be with us, but were showing her every day that she belongs to her owner :-| (we were bringing her to the road and showing her,that it's time to go home now), though we were deeply considering to 'steal' her. We would never do it, but I have to admit, my thoughts were playing with this possibility. Especially because I know that, she loved my friend and me really very much.... :-( A sad story.
I have never seen one of these dogs before or heard of them. But I just have to make a comment.....What a gorgeous Dog!
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