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Regarding Alano as extincted breed caused the recently recovered Alanos to have many opponents, that find the specimen of the breed crossbreeds created and "discovered" in response to the prosperity for and the legend of Alaunt. The main and the most famous proponent of this thesis and the "conspiracy" of Alano Espanol is doctor Semencic, a well known cynologist and the author of "The World of Fighting Dog". He claims Alano to derive from Dogue de Bordeaux, with which it is most closely related, also in the historical sense. This opinion has established in the Anglo-Saxon world and is popular in North America. It has happened so, because the author had started his research when the mentions of Perro de Presa Canario had appeared in the world of molossers. The breed being a derivative from Alano was the first that drew cynologists' attention. Along with the breeders' work with Perro Canario, the mentions of the direct Alano's predecessor also had to appear.

Semencic had been looking for Alano of the type as on the picture above, that he had found during the promotion of the reconstructed Perro de Presa Canario. The photo comes from Canary Islands and is dated 1907. The dog doesn't remind Alano Espanol we know today, but it is rather of the type of Great Dane, also referred to as Alaunt, especially in French literature. Semencic had thought Alano Espanol was Alaunt preserved from the Middle Ages, upon which the Great Dane was raised, among others. However, Alanos crossed with the shepherds dogs and mastiffs are surprisingly similar to the dog from the picture.


On the picture above the Villlano - the breed known for at least 300 years - from the north-western Spain, Alano crossed with the shepherds dog resulted in the lighter build, lesser stubbornness and better resistance. Villano is allowed in Spanish breeds' exhibitions, despite the fact that the Spanish association hasn't yet accepted the breed officially.

The mix of Alano and Ligero (approx. 1 year) - a light Spanish mastiff, the dog surprisingly similar to Alaunt - high-legged moloser with a big head and adhering lips, able to chase the animals for long distances and to hunt even huge opponents. The dog from the picture is another argument against Semencic's theory. The dogs working in packs during huntings are frequently mixed by their owners not only to preserve the purity of their types, but also for the development of the dogs' character and passion for hunting. Wherever such features as passion for hunting, stubbornness, determination and resistance to pain and tiredness were required, Alano came in. The traces of these dogs should therefore be sought in the places where - in spite of the technological development - they were indispensable - in packs used in monteria-style hunting, and in the regions where the local breeds of mountain cattle are pastured.