American Alsatian
  • Breed Origins: America, 1987
  • Breed Usage: Companion dog
  • Dog Weight: 85 - 110 Pounds
  • Dog Height: 25 - 28 Inches

Info, Facts, & Origins of the American Alsatian

The American Alsatian comes from the United States and was originally bred as a companion dog. It's origins date back to 1987. The American Alsatian was also previously known as the North American Shepalute and subsequently the Alsatian Shepalute. The advent of the dual income family prompted a need for a large breed of dog without working traits. The mellow and calm temperament of the American Alsatian allows it to be best suited for work as a therapy dog. The American Alsatian was first registered in 1988 by its breed registry. The American Alsatian is solely registered by the National American Alsatian Registry. The National American Alsatian Club does not wish to pursue major kennel club recognition at this time.

Description of the American Alsatian

The American Alsatian's coat is generally gold or silver sable with black tips on the tail, ears, and back. The coat can also be black sable or cream, although rare. The thick undercoat sheds out completely once a year with the return of warmer weather. American Alsatian puppies are born dark brindle and lighten to a cream as the soft puppy coat appears. American Alsatian puppies begin to acquire a rougher adult coat at the age of 2 to 5 months.

American Alsatian Health Information

The American Alsatian is a generally healthy breed. The most prominent health issue is seizures, for which there is a known incidence rate of .5%. Other minor health risks are elbow dysplasia and arthritis. No known hip dysplasia has been experienced in the American Alsatian at this time.

American Alsatian Companion Dog Info

Companion dogs have been around for many centuries as dogs kept solely for pets. Until now, companion dogs were known to be small in size. The American Alsatian is a unique breed of large companion dog. It is bred to infrequently bark and whine. It does not have a tendency to jump up or wander away from its owners. The American Alsatian is friendly, but not hyper, with a tendency to be laid back and somewhat aloof with strangers. It is alert to sounds and movement and is quick to learn. American Alsatians have been used as epilepsy detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and family companion dogs.