Health


American Alsatian Longevity Program™


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Bolo, a 12 year old American Alsatian.

The American Alsatian Longevity Program™ is a long-term program developed by the American Alsatian founder, Lois Schwarz, in which each American Alsatian certified breeder continually seeks to increase the average age of the American Alsatian through careful breeding practices that promote the overall health of each dog bred.  A combination of certified health testing and the use of God's Breeding Plan™ aide each breeder along the way.


In order to meet the requirements of the American Alsatian Longevity Program™, each American Alsatian certified breeder works in conjunction with the National American Alsatian Breeder's Association™ health program called God's Breeding Plan™.  This program simulates the exceptional health gained by wolves in the wild through survival of the fittest.  It has been recorded that wild wolves living in captivity live on average to 20 years of age.  It is the position of the American Alsatian Breeder's Association™ that purebred dog breeds, no matter their size, should accept no less of an average lifespan. 

 

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Rhet, an 11 year old American Alsatian.

Health evaluations are vital to the success of the American Alsatian Longevity Program™.  Each certified breeder must x-ray the hips and elbows of all breeding stock.  The x-rays must either be sent to OFA or the NAABA's certified health official for standardized scoring.  This information must be clearly presented on each certified breeder's website and is recorded at the National American Alsatian Registry department of health.  All breeding stock must also be examined by a licensed veterinarian for any abnormalities with heart, skin and eyes.  In addition, each dog to be bred must be constantly monitored for any signs of limping, disorientation, tremors, and seizures.  Any American Alsatian dog may breed only upon passing ALL health requirements prior to breeding.  




REFERENCES

Science of Dogs. DVD ASIN: B004FN26JQ. National Geographic. Retrieved: 2011-06-25.