In the contemporary breeding of Alano it's the most important to obtain dogs
having an expression characteristic for the breed
with proper moves
with the instinct of a holding dog
with the hunting instinct
Dogs that were recovered to rescue the breed, were the inheritors of the Alano population that used to work on the Spanish country. Having to choose from a small group of dogs, only the most typical units were chosen, such with the most typical expression and an instinct of grabbing victims. Work on the country enforced the selection upon the character, not the look, that's why the build of dogs had to become a breeders' job. At an early stage, they had to minimize the influence of the Basque Shepperd Dog and Boxer. This influence manifested in long hair, round eyes, too big frontal occlusion and body disproportions, including scull-to-vat ratio.
The most important lines present in the breeding until the present day are famous for giving the typical expression and character. Of a key role are the lines started by the dogs: Limon, Nabarro, Chato, Bilco, Carpintero, Alaju Godo, Taranto de los Cuadrejones, Curro de tameran. They are the ancestors of the most important Alanos that can be presently met in breeding, assuring both the character referring to the legendary dogs from the past and the expression that makes Alano an exceptional molosser which can't be mistaken with any other in Europe.
The present development of Alano breeding is concentrated on keeping a durable dog for grabbing victims with a perfect hunting instinct and resistance, typical in expression characteristic for rural dogs known since a few decades ago, and simultaneously on homogenizing the build. Presently the most of these dogs is used for work and only approx. 1% is raised based on their successes at beauty contests. The vast majority is accessed to the breeding thanks to their usability and the valors of their ancestors.
Isolating the heavy type of Alano from long-legged lightweight type is a separate concern. Unfortunately, at the early stage of recovering dogs of type Perro del Toro were crossed with the dogs with lighter long-legged build.