The Alsatian Shepalute is a large breed companion dog. This breed has medium length coats and is found in colors like gold, silver or black sable and cream. The most popular color is silver sable. White or black sable markings are not commonly found. They have light brown to yellow eyes that are almond shaped. Their eyes are said to have a wolfish expression or stare. They have erect ears and the tails, usually tipped with black, hang down, touching the pasterns. The head is broad and so is the hip. The muzzle is strong and dark. They have splayed toes. The bones of the legs are large and round in shape. They have deep chests and the body is longer than it is tall.
Alsatian Shepalutes make great companion dogs for families. They are extremely loyal to their family members and are able to accept children and other pets with ease. They may seem aloof to strangers but they are never fearful towards guests and never aggressive. These dogs also make excellent watch dogs because they learn very quickly and can respond to the softest, most insignificant of sounds.
Given proper exercise, these dogs are calm and not destructive at all even if they are left alone for long periods of time. They usually do not initiate play unless they are encouraged by family members or children. These dogs have a low activity level and even lower prey instincts. They do not whine, bark excessively or dig up the garden. They respond well to positive training. Gunshots and thunderstorms do not scare them. These dogs genuinely enjoy being in and around their home and family. However, the owners should take care to assert their dominance over the animal as the leader of the pack.
These dogs are built solidly. Adult males can weigh about 79-120 pounds and grow up to a height of about 25-28 inches. Females are typically smaller in size and weigh from 75-100 pounds and grow to about 24-27 inches. Alsatian Shepalutes’ body structure is more long than tall. Their average life span is about 12-14 years. These dogs do not suffer from eye or ear problems. They also do not seem to be vulnerable to hip dysplasia or limb diseases like panosteitis. However, in 2009 one puppy was reported to have suffered from epileptic seizures immediately after it was administered a dose of rabies vaccine. Also, in 2003, two dogs were reported to have been suffering from arthritis.
The origin of the Alsatian Shepalute has been attributed to Lois Denny from California in 1987. Lois thought of developing this breed because many of her clients were not being able to continue with their pets because of the problems associated with working dogs. She felt the need for a family dog that did not need a lot of exercise and could thrive in small or medium places. These dogs were recognized by the North American Shepalute Club in 1988 alongside Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherd Dogs.