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Seeking the pure Alano fortunately gave good results.Alano was found on the farming areas in the western and north-western Spain. The largest population of the dogs was found in the Encartaciones Valley, in which the tradition of stock-farming of large herds of mountain breeds of cattle has remained until today. Alanos have been helping to capture the Mochino cows that are let out during the season to the mountain pasturages and collected in early autumn.

 

 

At the turn of 70 and 80, basing on the remained pictures and historical descriptions an arduous work had begun in rural provinces of Spain to recover the dogs pure in their type. The G.A.P.A.E. (Grupo de Amigos del Perro Alano Espanol) association was started. The basis for the research consisted of description of Alano from XIV century and a picture of a dog named Cazalla from 1914. The dog has won the exhibition of hunters' dogs and it belonged to the pack of a duke from Arion. The picture is of good quality and one can observe that it doesn't depict pure Alano, for it has an untypical nose and wolfish claws. The body proportions, the most important feature at that stage of selection, are perfectly visible on the picture. We ought to remember though, that there was no authority that could mark up the target for the breeders without such help. Never-ending  are the discussions questioning whether the concrete specimen of Alano is "true or false". According to the criterion of the owners of working dogs, Alanos are the only dogs with the passion of grabbing the victim.

 

cazalla 

 


The engagement and knowledge of the promoter of these searches, a veterinary surgeon and a hunter Carlos Contera and Luisa Arribasa and Luisa Centenera gave the effect of finding the dogs that were the foundation for the contemporary breeding - Txacur, Limon, Nabarro and Lola. Contera gathers the dogs he finds in his breeding recognized  by the name given to the dogs - Alaju. The first breedings, such as Alahnis, Ponce de Leon, Condado de Niebla, Los Cuadrejones, basing on the first meaningful reproductors: Carpintero, Nabarro, Txacur, Chato, begin to recover the breed according to the contemporary pattern. These works were coordinated by the Genetics Institute of the University of Cordoba, that helped to determine the morphology of the contemporary head of Alano and to establish the schedule for the breeding upon the available pool of genes.

 

carpintero - fot. M.C.J. Nebot "Alanos Espanol"

 


To become aware of the legacy Alano has collected from the most important breed among the molosser - Alaunt - one needs to go back to the times when Alans had appeared in Europe for the first time.


From the today's point of view it only matters as a unique example of evolution of the type of dog suiting a particular purpose. The selection based upon the preference for dogs with specified behavior and abilities resulted in an exceptional helper in hunts for big animals.