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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Serious Faults: Faults in coat include soft, silky, too long outer
coat, too woolly and/or curly.
Most desired colors are the silver-wolf-gray. Each strand of outer coat should be as close to agouti as possible.
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.
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.
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.
American Alsatians have an average life span of 12-14 years