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 and loving dogs, desiring of their family's affection and admiration, and they love children and tend to gravitate towards them, and will instinctively play more gently with the 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 that as they reach 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, their 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 they love to exercise their brain, and learning different things. No matter what, they are very focused when we are in training and take it very seriously from our experience. They are an extremely intelligent breed.
Regardless of male or female, some may be more aloof towards new people which is the nature of this breed, and others can warm up to them pretty quick, while it might take another a bit longer to accept them, some are more energetic or can have 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 towards 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 and staying within their breed standards, and the bloodlines distinctive to this breed, Like any other dog, they should be brought up well socialized/exposed to various environments and people and other creatures, etc., and of course LOTS of LOVE!