Described as a sheep in lamb’s clothing, the American Alsatian was created to be a large breed dog without the traits of a working dog; hence, a large lap-dog. They were created in the late 1980s in America by combining five purebred dogs together. The breeds used were the German shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, English Mastiff, Anatolian Shepherd and the Great Pyrenees. Today, American Alsatian puppies are hard to find because there are only a few breeders in the country.
Yet, if you are convinced you want one, there are a couple American Alsatian breeders you can contact. Below are the only two that are currently certified by the National American Alsatian Breeders Association:
- Vallecito Alsatians: Vallecito Alsatians is the only American Alsatian breeder located in Colorado and they are dedicated to improving the breed with each litter produced. They work in strict accordance to the original breed guidelines that were set forth by the founder, and are focused on creating healthy puppies with excellent temperaments. They currently have several males and females that they use for breeding; however, they are extremely picky about the homes their puppies are placed in. To see if you are qualified or interested in a puppy, visit their website.
- Schwarz Kennels: This is the kennel where the breed originated, as it was created by Lois Schwarz. Today she is constantly breeding American Alsatians and other crosses. If you are looking for everything an Alsatian should be, then this is the kennel you should choose – don’t forget, they pioneered this breed!
Bear in mind that if you cannot find an American Alsatian puppy, you can always keep a watchful eye for an adult that needs a home. These dogs commonly end up in rescues and some may not even know what the breed is, simply calling it a “German Shepherd mix”. As this breed ages, more breeders will become active in the preservation and spread of the dogs; thus helping the breed become more popular. In the end, if you are looking for an American Alsatian for sale, begin your search now because it may take some time!