Alpine Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Alpine Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Alpine Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
|Swiss Alpine Dog, Alpenlandischer Spaniel|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Alpine Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Alpine Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
How much does the Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel price:
Unfortunately the Alpine Spaniel is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Alpine Spaniel History
The Alpine Spaniel finds its origins on the snowy mountains of the Swiss Alps, dating back to the early 1800s.
The dogs were performing a noble task as mountain rescue dogs by the Austin Canons to save and rescue travelers who got lost, injured, or stuck in the harsh climate and the snowy terrain of the mountains. The dogs were also used for searching purposes, because of their scenting abilities, looking for stranded or buried hikers, alerting the rescuers about the location of the injured. Moreover, when the dogs were not climbing high on the mountains, they would help out people in the villages guarding the livestock, herding sheep and cattle, and towing heavy things, if necessary. Despite their name, the Alpine Spaniel was much stronger and larger than the Spaniel breeds we know today. Their coats were also different, it needed to acclimatize to the harsh external conditions while offering the dogs protection.
A male specimen of the Alpine Spaniel, named Barry became famous and honored for his work rescuing people in the early 19th century. It was known throughout the whole regions of the Swiss Alps, that Barry rescued a total of 40 people from the snowy death. There many tales, myths, and rumors about Barry’s heroic actions, and the life he had lived. According to urban legends, either Barry retired by the age of 12 and lived happily ever after on a nice farm, surrounded by loved ones, or that Barry died on his 41st rescue attempt. There is not much documentation left from that period of time, yet based on the local tales about Barry, it is safe to say that the breed was well-esteemed. The body of Barry is thought to have been preserved and modified many times, in order for experts to be able to describe the exact specifications of the Alpine Spaniel.
As people started to notice the Alpine Spaniel’s capabilities in search and rescue, breeders began to mix the breed with others, with the intention of getting an even better rescue dog. Breeders started the breeding processes by crossing the Alpine Spaniel with the Newfoundland, because of their large thick coats. Unfortunately, this breeding mix did not turn out great, for the reason that snow and ice resulted in being frozen into the dogs’ longer and thicker fur. Consequently, these puppies were given to the local villagers. Moreover, because of poor conditions in the villages, accident and disease outbreaks were considered rife. Consequently, around the middle of the 19th century, the Alpine Spaniel is thought to be extinct because of some underlying disease that eventually wiped out all of the purebred specimens of the population. Yet, because of the cross-breeding, two separate variations emerged from the Alpine Spaniel. Today these are known as the Clumber Spaniel and Saint Bernard. Today, the National History Museum holds information on the breed and also has preserved specimens, of what is thought to be the Alpine Spaniel. Nevertheless, there is always new information revealing about the breed, as research projects unfold the DNA left in the archaeological findings.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Alpine Spaniel size:
How much does the Alpine Spaniel weigh? Alpine Spaniel weight:
|88–100 pounds (40-45 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Alpine Spaniel? Alpine Spaniel average weight:
|94 pounds (42.5 kg)|
How tall is the Alpine Spaniel? Alpine Spaniel height:
|24-38 inches (60-96 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Alpine Spaniel average height:
|31 inches (78 cm)|
What type of coat does the Alpine Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Alpine Spaniel's coat?
How to groom the Alpine Spaniel and how often?
Advanced: The Alpine Spaniel requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Alpine Spaniel a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Alpine Spaniel, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Alpine Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Swiss Alpine Dog? Alpine Spaniel shedding level:
Alpine Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the Alpine Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Alpine Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Alpine Spaniel's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Alpine Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Alpine Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Alpine Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Alpine Spaniel sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Alpine Spaniels 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 Spaniels 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 Swiss Alpine Dog need? Alpine Spaniel social needs:
Alpine Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Alpine Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Alpenlandischer Spaniel bark?
High: The Alpine Spaniel is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. 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 Spaniel good as a watchdog?
Alpine Spaniels are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Alpine Spaniel dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Alpine Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Alpine Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Alpine Spaniel can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Alpine Spaniel will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential |
Do Alpine Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Swiss Alpine Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Alpine Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
The Alpine Spaniel 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.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alpine Spaniel do?
Alpine Spaniels have a low 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 Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Alpine Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Alpine Spaniel roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Alpine Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Alpine Spaniel have high prey drive?
Alpine Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Alpine Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Alpine Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Alpine Spaniels 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.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Alpine Spaniels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Alpine Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog |
Where Alpine Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
Alpine Spaniels are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Alpine Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alpine Spaniel and children:
Alpine Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Alpine Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Alpine Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Alpine Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Alpine Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Alpine Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Alpine Spaniels good office dogs? Do Alpine Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Alpine Spaniels be office dogs?
Alpine Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Swiss Alpine Dog temperament with senior people? Are Alpine Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Alpine Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Alpine Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Alpine Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Alpine Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Alpine Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Alpine Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Alpine Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Alpine Spaniel 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 Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Alpine Spaniel dogs have health problems?
The Alpine Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Alpine Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Alpine Spaniel be?
Is the Alpine Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
Alpine Spaniels 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 Spaniel have?
Alpine Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Alpine Spaniel dogs require per day?
Alpine Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Alpine Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Alpine Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Alpine Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average. The Alpine Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers cold weather|
The Alpine Spaniel can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Alpine Spaniel has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Alpine Spaniel drool?
The Alpine Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Alpine Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. 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 minimal compared to others, just like the Alpine Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Alpine Spaniel: 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 Spaniel 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 Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Alpine Spaniel Pros & Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Smart: Alpine Spaniel's has great intelligence.
- Trainability: Alpine Spaniels are easy to train.
- Drooling tendency: The Alpine Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Stinkiness: The Alpine Spaniel has a low chance of bad smell.
- Watchdog Ability: Alpine Spaniels are one of the best watchdogs.
- Mouthiness: Alpine Spaniels have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Child Friendly: Alpine Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Alpine Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Alpine Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Hypoallergenic: Alpine Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: Alpine Spaniels are not apartment-friendly dogs.
- Grooming: Advanced: The Alpine Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Alpine Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Alpine Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
- Office Friendly: Alpine Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Alpine Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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Jan 21, 2021, 3:34:30 PM:
Answer to the review on why this breed is extinct. Breed numbers dwindled in the 1830's and an unknown disease wiped them out in the 1840's Pretty cool dogs, sad to know they're extinct.
- dog good
Jan 19, 2021, 7:39:54 PM: