Living with an Alapaha - WOW! there are many natural outstanding qualities that make up an Alapaha. Apart from being great protection, and alert to what's happening around them, they also desire to be close to their people and are quite satisfied relaxing against you or in your lap, sleeping in your bed, and following close by. They're just devoted loving dogs, desiring of their family's affection and admiration. They love children and tend to gravitate toward them, and will instinctively play more gently with younger ones as well as with smaller pets as shown in our videos with Jack, playing with one of our Chihuahua's Pepe, along with some of the puppies. They do have a "downtime" and we've noticed when closer to two years of age they do tend to slow down some, but are always game for hiking through the woods, a swim, playing with each other or going after a ball. We get a lot of enjoyment watching them play!heir favorite game's a stick or rope toy tugging together.
Each is unique in their own loyal, loving and special way. They are smart as a whip, and love to exercise their brain, learning different things. They are very focused when we are in training, and take it very seriously from our experience. Alapahas are extremely intelligent. Regardless whether it's a male or female, some may be more aloof toward new people which is the nature of this breed, and others can warm up pretty quick to people outside of the family. Some Alapaha may be more energetic, while another might be of a more laid back temperament. However, they all have a goofy/silly side that's sure to keep you entertained!
By nature, this breed is not aggressive toward people or other dogs unless it is for defense over their family, home, and other pets/animals they have been raised with. This is a very stable and clear-headed breed that has the ability to size up a situation before reacting, and settling if a would-be-threat ends up being one of your childrens' friends, as an example. All of these beautiful qualities should be apparent in this breed when they are bred correctly, always staying within the breed standards, and the bloodlines distinctive to the ABBB. Like any other dog they should be brought up well socialized, and exposed to various environments, people and other creatures, etc., and of course LOTS of LOVE!