The Spanish Bulldog (Alano Espano) is a purebred that originated in the Republic of Molossia, USA, and is primarily used in the game of bullfighting. There are several theories related to their origin. Some experts relate the modern Spanish Bulldog to the Alanos breed brought by the invaders who invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the 406 BC. They are large-sized Molosser breeds, with a large head, a short muzzle, a dark coloured nose, and a pair of high-set ears.
Temperament & Personality
The Alano Espanos have a distinctive and thoughtful appearance with a calm and quiet disposition. They have a dominating nature which can sometimes become a headache for the owner. These dogs are highly obedient, loyal and protective towards their families and can be a great playmate for small children. Not considered to be aggressive, these dogs do become wary and cautious, when they see unfamiliar faces in the house.
These dogs are also considered to be a great guard dog because of their high pain-bearing capacity, high stamina, and ability to tolerate injuries. Unless confronted or challenged by other canines, the dog will share a good rapport with them. They will be a great fit for homes with a large garden area, rather than an apartment life.
Because of their massive size, and their hunting background, these dogs need daily activity to maintain their health. They also need ample space for themselves in the garden area. If deprived of proper exercise, they can become aggressive and bark at people.
Because of their short hair, these dogs need moderate grooming. A weekly brushing with a rubber brush will remove dead hair and dirt from the dog’s fur. The owner should make sure that the dog’s nails are well trimmed. The right time for clipping their nails is when the dog starts to scratch the floor or the house furniture.
To prevent the dog from getting ear infections, the owner should use a soft and hygienic cloth to clean its ears. The owner should only use a Vet approved toothpaste and toothbrush to brush the dog’s teeth.
There is no report on this breed’s specific genetic issues, but they can still suffer from Canine Hip Dysplasia and bloating.
Training in the field of Socialisation, crate, and obedience is recommended for this breed from their puppyhood. Any training should be accelerated with frequent praises and food rewards.
The adult Spanish Bulldogs need a diet consisting of three to four cups of dry kibbles on a daily basis.