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Alpine Mastiff Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Alpine Mastiff so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSwitzerland
Other Names
What other names does the Alpine Mastiff have? The dog breed also known as...
Alpine Molosser
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Alpine Mastiff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Alpine Mastiff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
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? Alpine Mastiff price:
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 size is this breed? How big is this dog? Alpine Mastiff size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Alpine Mastiff weigh? Alpine Mastiff weight:
340-350 pounds (154-160 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Alpine Mastiff? Alpine Mastiff average weight:
345 pounds (157 kg)
Height
How tall is the Alpine Mastiff? Alpine Mastiff height:
35-40 inches (89-101 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Alpine Mastiff average height:
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 breed's coat? What color is a proper Alpine Mastiff's 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 Mastiff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Alpine Molosser? Alpine Mastiff shedding level:
Alpine Mastiffs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend 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 Mastiff breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alpine Mastiff have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Friendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alpine Mastiff? Are they intelligent?
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 Mastiff dogs 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 is this breed?
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 are they? Alpine Mastiff sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Alpine Mastiffs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Alpine Mastiffs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Alpine Molosser need? Alpine Mastiff social needs:
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 Mastiff dogs bark a lot? Why does my Alpine Molosser 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
Is Alpine Mastiff good as a watchdog?
Alpine Mastiffs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Alpine Mastiff dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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
Do Alpine Mastiff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Alpine Molosser? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Alpine Mastiff? 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?
Alpine Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not 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? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Alpine Mastiff roam?
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? Does Alpine Mastiff have high prey drive?
Alpine Mastiffs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Alpine Mastiff good as an apartment dog? 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 adaptable and easy-going?
Alpine Mastiffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Alpine Mastiffs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Alpine Mastiff dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Alpine Mastiffs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Alpine Mastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alpine Mastiff and children:
Alpine Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alpine Mastiff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Alpine Mastiffs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Alpine Mastiff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Mastiff dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other 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.
Office Friendly
Are Alpine Mastiffs good office dogs? Do Alpine Mastiffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Alpine Mastiffs be ofiice dogs?
No
Alpine Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Mastiff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Alpine Molosser temperament with senior people? Are Alpine Mastiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Alpine Mastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Mastiff dogs get along with other pets? Are Alpine Mastiff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Alpine Mastiffs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Alpine Mastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Alpine Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Alpine Mastiff is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Alpine Mastiff is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Alpine Mastiff is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Alpine Mastiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a boat dog?
Not really
Alpine Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Alpine Mastiff be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Alpine Mastiff is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Alpine Mastiff dogs have health problems?
Alpine Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alpine Mastiff dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Alpine Mastiff be?
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?
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 Mastiff dogs require per day?
Alpine Mastiffs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
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? Alpine Mastiff 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 hot and cold weather & climate?
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
Does the Alpine Mastiff 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's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Alpine Mastiff 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? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alpine Mastiff have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Alpine Mastiff

Pros
  • Health Issues: Alpine Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Alpine Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Alpine Mastiffs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Alpine Mastiffs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Alpine Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Alpine Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Alpine Mastiffs shed above average.
  • 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.
  • Stinkiness: The Alpine Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Alpine Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Alpine Mastiffs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Alpine Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Alpine Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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