Renowned for their great activity and athleticism, the breed was developed in the southern United States, and thought to be named after the Alapaha river in Georgia. They are known for being robust and powerful whilst remaining truly faithful to their owners. The Alapaha was bred mainly for catching live-stock. A medium sized dog has been proven to be most effective for this task. They require training from an early age, but once trained they have an affectionate and loyal affinity for their families and are highly sought after by breeders and owners.
12 to 16 years.
Friendly, Loyal, Tenacious, Devoted, Attentive, Courageous.
Head and Skull
The head is of medium length, deep with a broad skull and clearly pronounced cheek muscles. A noticeably distinct stop with high set ears.
The eyes of this breed will be set low down in the skull and set far apart. Dark and round, without pink eyelids.
The muzzle is of medium length and is rounded on the upper side, falling away quite abruptly below the eyes. The jaws will be well defined with the underjaw showing strength and a powerful bite. The lips should not be loose, being close and even.
Medium length with a slight arch and heavy set. The neck will taper from shoulders to rear of the skull. The skin should not be loose.
The shoulders should be strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping. Forelegs should be straight, and large boned with pasterns upright.
Noticeably muscular and let down at the hocks, without turning in or out.
The ribs should be well-sprung, close together and deep in the rear. Chest will be broad and deep.
Moderately sized, well arched and compact.
The tail is quite short comparative to the breed’s size. Low set, tapers to a fine point without curling or being held over the back.
Gait must be springy but without roll or pace.
The coat will be short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.
Any colour solid, parti or patched is fine.
Both weight and height to be proportionate to each other. Males - 20 to 24 inches (51- 61cm) at the withers and weigh from 70 to 90 lbs. Females - 18 to 22 inches (46- 56cm) at the withers, 55 to 75 lbs.