AKC Group: Rare
Alapahas were once called the “Plantation Dog,” used in Georgia to protect the slaves that worked on the southern plantations. Alapahas were only bred from one kennel. The bloodlines are very small and these dogs are very rare.
Size: 22 to 24 inches, 60 to 100 pounds.
Color: All colors, merles (blue, brown or red) are most common. Also piebald color.
Life span: 12 to 13 years.
Health problems: Genetic conditions that result from line breeding and inbreeding. Entropion (inversion of the eyelids), cherry eye and tear duct inflammation can happen as well.
These oversized bulldogs have broad heads with naturally dropped ears. Originally bred for the plantations, Alapahas are a farmer’s best friend, they can work cattle and catch hogs. Alaphas are loyal, excellent companions that will protect your home and be patient with your children. They are quick to train and learn quickly. They will attack if they feel threatened.
Regular brushing (twice a week) will reduce excess shedding. A bath once a month or every other week will curtail their natural “dog” smell.
The more socialization you can give your Alapaha to other dogs, puppies, environments and people, the better he will be able to ignore his natural aggression. He’ll become aggressive only if he has to defend his home or people. Your training should never be harsh or aggressive because an Alapaha will respond in kind. If you’re positive to him, he’ll respond positively in return. Alapahas excel at obedience and he will learn anything you can think of. Alapahas are so smart.