American Alsatian Dog Breed Information

The following American Alsation dog breed information is designed to give you the critical facts on this breed. Although a stunning dog, make sure to focus on the facts regarding their health, size and temperament when evaluating the breed. Not sure if the American Alsatian is the best breed for you? Visit our puppies for sale page to use our free "Find Your Best Friend" App to find out.


The American Alsatian has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.


The American Alsatian is a fairly new breed, dating back to the late 1980s. The American Alsatian was developed in California by a woman named Lois Denny who wanted to create a dog that she had first imagined as a child when a mixed German Shepherd followed her home.

Denny began her breeding program in 1987 with the intent of developing a dog that resembled the Dire Wolf in bone and body structure with a mild, even temperament. She first mated the Alaskan Malamute and the German Shepherd to create the foundation stock for the American Alsatian, and then later added the English Mastiff and Great Pyrenees. The breed was first referred to as the North American Shepalute, before becoming the Alsatian Shepalute in 2004, then the American Alsatian in 2010.


The American Alsatian weighs 85 to 110 pounds and measures 25 to 28 inches.

Grooming Needs

The American Alsatian has a thick, soft double coat that sheds completely when the weather turns warm. The American Alsatian should be brushed a few times a week and bathed occasionally. Their coat is naturally odor free and quite clean.


The American Alsatian is an easygoing and devoted companion.  


The American Alsatian has a mellow and laidback disposition and makes a wonderful therapy dog. The American Alsatian is confident and playful, but not boisterous or hyper. They crave close contact and lots of affection from their family. With new people, American Alsatians can be reserved, but are always friendly and never assertive.

Training Needs

The American Alsatian is easily trainable. The American Alsatian is highly intelligent and eager to learn. They respond best to lots of positive reinforcement and require early socialization as they can be aloof with new people and dogs.

Activity Level

The American Alsatian has a moderate activity level. The American Alsatian does not require much exercise and typically does not initiate play sessions. The American Alsatian should have a daily walk for their health and some time outside in a secure area to stretch their legs.  

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