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Alpine Mastiff

Origin Switzerland
GroupExtinct
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Other Names
What other names does the Alpine Mastiff have? The breed also known as...
Alpine Molosser
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Alpine Mastiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Alpine Mastiff is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Alpine Mastiff's size? How big is this dog?
Giant
Weight
How much does the Alpine Mastiff weigh?
340-350 pounds (154-160 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
345 pounds (157 kg)
Height
How tall is the Alpine Mastiff?
35-40 inches (89-101 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
37.5 inches (95 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Alpine Mastiff have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the Alpine Mastiff's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
BrindleBrown
Grooming
How to groom the Alpine Mastiff and how often?
Easy to groom: The Alpine Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Alpine Mastiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Alpine Mastiffs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Alpine Mastiffs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Alpine Mastiffs breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alpine Mastiff have?
Friendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alpine Mastiff?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Alpine Mastiff obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Alpine Mastiffs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Alpine Mastiffs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Alpine Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Alpine Mastiffs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Alpine Mastiffs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Alpine Mastiffs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Alpine Mastiffs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Alpine Mastiff barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Alpine Mastiffs good watchdogs?
Alpine Mastiffs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Alpine Mastiffs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Alpine Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alpine Mastiff do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Alpine Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Alpine Mastiffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Alpine Mastiff to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Alpine Mastiffs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Alpine Mastiffs have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Are Alpine Mastiffs good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Alpine Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Alpine Mastiffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Alpine Mastiffs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Alpine Mastiffs kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Alpine Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alpine Mastiffs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Alpine Mastiffs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Alpine Mastiffs get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Alpine Mastiffs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Alpine Mastiff can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Alpine Mastiffs have health problems?
Alpine Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alpine Mastiffs live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Alpine Mastiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Alpine Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Alpine Mastiff have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Alpine Mastiffs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Alpine Mastiffs require per day?
Alpine Mastiffs don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Alpine Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Alpine Mastiff need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
15 to 16 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Alpine Mastiff's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Alpine Mastiff's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Alpine Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The Alpine Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Alpine Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Alpine Mastiff. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Alpine Mastiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Alpine Mastiff have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alpine Mastiff have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-12 puppies

Advantages

  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Alpine Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Stinkiness: The Alpine Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Alpine Mastiffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Territorial: Alpine Mastiffs strongly protect their territory.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Alpine Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Alpine Mastiffs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Drooling tendency: The Alpine Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Mouthiness: Alpine Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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