The American Alsatian (English pronunciation: /ælˈseɪʃən/), formerly known as the Alsatian Shepalute, is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originating in the United States of America. It was developed from purebred Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees lines, through selective breeding. The breed was developed as a large companion dog, making it the only large breed of dog originally bred for this purpose. Although the American Alsatian can be trained to work and some have been successful as wilderness search and rescue dogs, this breed does not possess a strong desire for the physical demands of most working dog endeavors. The American Alsatian is most suited for the gentle work of therapy dogs or Reading Assistance Education Dogs (READ).
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