The Alpine Mastiff is a vanished variety of Molosser dog, which is the ancestor of Saint Bernard. It acts as the chief contributor of the present Mastiff through other breeds of dogs that originate from or are closely associated with them, such as Couchez.
This dog is one of the earliest mastiffs that originated from northern Europe earlier than 500 B.C. They are more huge than the modern English Mastiff and Saint Bernard breeds, reaching a height of one meter (39inches) or above with a weight of about 350lb (160kg).
These dogs unavoidably spread to the general people and the original variety decreased its clean form through breeding to come up with more breeds such as the Patua and Cane Garouf.
- Since the 1970s, efforts have been made to breed the Alpine Mastiff using other varieties like the Great Dane, Saint Bernard, and the Great Pyrenees dog.
- To ensure your dog is healthy and strong, feed it with about 16 cups of highly nutritive foods daily, which can be distributed in two meals.
This variety of dogs is very friendly to the owners, their children, cats, and other dogs. However, they are not very sociable to unfamiliar people. They can be easily trained, thus require just a little grooming. They have a high chance of sensing stinking smells. They are territorial and always alert to guard their place.
This kind of dog adjusts well to changes in lifestyle as well as climatic conditions. They are ready to move from place to place together with their owner and some of them can be well used as mountain dogs.
- The watchdog ability of this breed is average and alert you on sensing something distinct. They seldom bark and can alter their barks according to the level of their emotion.
- They have little probabilities of biting people and are triggered by pain, incites, enjoyment, defense, herding drive, among others.
- They are active and need some little exercise such as few walks on a daily basis. When it comes to sleeping, these dogs like and do it a lot.
This variety of dogs has a lifespan ranging from 10 to 12 years. They generally have strong healthy bodies and low inspection costs. They are hostile to allergy-causing substances and can react harshly in their response to allergies.
Shedding of this dog variety is beyond medium. Their hair grows in a regular manner in a cycle. Depending on the breed variety and health of the dog, the shedding frequency and amount of hair may vary.
With an average energy level, Alpine Mastiff dogs can be a good choice for you, especially if you live a life that is not very active. If you don’t like slobber spots on your clothing, try to consider other breeds since this breed is a big drooler.
|Life span:||10-12 years|
|Height:||35-40 inches (89-101 cm)|
37.5 inches (95 cm)
|Weight:||340-350 pounds (154-160 kg)|
345 pounds (157 kg)
|Litter Size:||5-12 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $800 - $1000 USD|