the American Alsatian breed
puppy who scores here is NOT a strongbred American Alsatian. We do NOT have
puppies who score here. Plain and simple. With the first generations
we did, hence the numbers remain in order to compare the outcross and
the strongbred American Alsatian to a base.
Strongbred American Alsatians never score this low. Some outcrosses score here.
not impressed at this score, but will keep notes and see what they do
in further testing.
score of 5 is the average for puppies of an outcross breeding. If the
pup is an F-1 and scores here, ok. F-2's scoring here is ok. F-3's
scoring here is not as good. We expect them to rise with the
temperament test #3. This is a lower score for a strongbred American Alsatian.
is a pretty good score for first, second, and third generation outcross
dogs. This is an ok score for a strongbred American Alsatian. Some of our
strongbred American Alsatian puppies may score here. We will note the
reasons and socialize and guide the pup accordingly.
This is an exceptional score for an outcross. We expect our strongbred
American Alsatian puppies to score here.
This is the ultimate score for our breed.
Temperament Test #1
Birth - 3 Days Old
(ears and eyes are closed, crawling, sense of smell developing, no teeth)
How does this pup come out of sack and into the world?
Came out still in the sack rear feet first. Mom had to take the sack off. Very energetic and
crying non stop.
out without a sack. Extremely energetic. Cries and struggles when mom
licks and moves it. This pup is strong and determined. May get upset
and bark or growl.
energetic, pushed his/her way into the world. Lots of movement such as
bobbing head, moving feet back and forth. Some grunting, but not very
loud or noisy.
Does not mind
mom licking, picking up or holding him. May squirm somewhat and grunt but not much.
May grunt a tad but not much. Is more of a thinker. Some movement, but not
much. Lies still when mom licks or moves it.
not care about any licking or movement. Breaths, and thinks. This pup
is quiet and muscular and goes straight for milk when all of the
excitement is over.
Noises this pup makes during the first 8 hours of life.
Cries, wimpers, grunts, and screams non-stop. Has a high-pitched voice.
Wimpers if pushed or prodded. Grunts while eating.
May scream at times and/or has a high-pitched voice.
Is only quiet while eating. Otherwise, grunting and wimpering. No high-pitched screaming or crying.
Grunts when picked up or moved. Otherwise,
Is quiet when suckling,
and moved or touched. Rarely noisy. Very deep throaty growl or bark when heard.
Does not make any noises. This includes when suckling, being picked
up or moved, pushed, or prodded.
3. What is the energy level of this pup?
high energy level at all times. Goes from one place to another and
cannot find the milk. This pup may stray away from the litter and not
know where he is. Will cry for mom.
touched this pup goes into action pushing and trying to go forward. Moves head all around looking for millk.
Will not lay still in your hands but otherwise is
content when with mom or littermates.
always eating. Does not want to be taken from mom. Moves to get
back. Otherwise, this pup is content and does not move much.
everyone out of the way whenever it wants to. Is content when suckling,
eats and then sleeps. If there is not any milk he will push others away
to find one.
still in your hands and does not care about anything but food and
sleep. More laid back and mellow about anything that happens to it.
4. What is the reaction of this pup to the first medical examination?
pup hates the examination and cries, yells and squirms to get away.
Continues to cry for no reason, will not stop crying until placed with
mom and finds milk. Is full of energy. This pup may yawn in defiance.
But mostly yells or screams.
pup is noisy and dislikes the examination, but does not scream or yell.
Tries to get off the scale. When placed on the floor next to mom this
pup is still traumatized by the ordeal until mom nudges the pup who
then forgets and finds milk.
pup is quiet but yawns in defiance. Squirms when on its back and does
not like your fingers in its mouth. Otherwise this pup is ok and is not
traumatized. It does not have an elevated heart-rate and/or cries or
pup is quiet and mellow until turned on its back. At this point, the
pup tries to turn back over then puts up a fight. Calms back down when
put right side up. Lies still on the scale. Is happy to get back with
mom and find milk. This pup is not traumatized by the ordeal.
pup may yawn as instinct permits, but does not make any noises or
movements during the examination. May grunt upon turning over, but does
not fight or squirm. Is absolutely not traumatized by the ordeal.
pup is very similar to 9-10 but yawns less or not at all. This pup may
fall asleep in the cup of your hand. Is certainly not traumatized by
What is the reaction of this pup when turned over on its back?
or will not be turned over. This pup is traumatized! Heartbeat is
elevated. May scream in defiance. Very hyper and squirmy.
No struggle heartbeat elevated. Stiff. This pup is traumatized.
beat slightly elevated. May cry out in protest. May try and trick you
to get back up right. Gives in and is still. Not traumatized.
pup struggles and/or whimpers slightly at first but then lays there.
Not stiff and does not have feet tucked under. This pup is not
traumatized in any way.
but may yawn. This pup's body is completely relaxed. This pup is not traumatized in any way.
Lays there relaxed and does not care. Is in
no way traumatized. Does not yawn. May fall asleep.
6. What is the reaction of this pup when placed back with its mother?
and or howls, moves around in a circle head bobbing every which way.
Does not seem to know which way is the right way to go.
and or howls but is not as loud. Finally starts to try and locate his
mom and is quiet as he thinks and smells and moves in a circle.
strong and moves around in a circle, thinking sniffing, smelling and
trying to locate some movement or feel of littermates or mom. May
calm and is a thinker. Moves head back and forth trying to locate mom.
Finally starts moving straight in the direction of mom and littermates.
exactly where he is in relationship to mom and littermates, can sense
it. Takes his time and is sure of the direction. May go off in wrong
direction but fixes it without incident. No noise is made.
not really care. Just lays there. Finally feels mom or littermates or
senses them. Then moves straight towards them. May wait until mom
touches him. He knows his direction then and is sure of himself.
7. What is the reaction of this pup when touched by a human?
Freezes and/or screams. Wants to
get its head under something.
and cries and tries to get away. Jerks his head or body away from your touch. Not stiff
Immediately yawns and may take his head back away from human.
Yawns and is alert, but not stiff.
Thinks about it may yawn. Not stiff
Thinks about it, is alert, but does not really care.
Temperament Test #2
2.5 to 3 Weeks
(Eyes and ears are open. Hearing and sight is weak. Early walking, mobile.)
1. Drop an object into the den away from the pups.
Yelps or screams with a high-pitched tone.
Draws immediately back away from the noisy object. Continues to cry and scream.
Wimpers or cries, may scream briefly. Draws back away from the noisy
object. May continue to softly wimper.
Stiffens then draws back or flinches. Remains quiet. May sniff and move slightly in direction of object,
but remains stiff.
at first, but does not draw back. Gets up on all fours or sits intently.
Not startled and does not draw back. Remains quiet and may look towards
not care. Is not startled and does not draw back. Is not stiff or
nervous. May sniff in direction of noisy object, but does not go to
investigate. Remains in place. May place head down and close eyes.
2. Using your whole hand, roughly pet the pup from
muzzle to tail.
and complains loudly with a high-pitched yell or scream. Moves briskly
to leave. Does not know which way he is moving. Flinches and yawns
each time you touch its head.
slightly and wimpers, but not loudly. Will yawn. Stiff and scared in place.
Remains quiet. Moves head down and stiffens tail, but then moves toward
Does not move, but is alert and aware of your hand..
Is relaxed and quiet. May lower head slightly with the touch, but is not stiff in any way.
Initally lifts up head to push into the pet.
Is very relaxed and quiet. Closes eyes and relaxes into your petting.
3. Pick up the pup from its den using your whole hand
to simulate mother dog's mouth.
stiffens at first then struggles and cries violently and loudly to get
down. Continues to cry throughout the test. Is not aware of
surroundings. This pup may flinch with the touch.
and cries out. May be some movement at the initial lifting. Draws up
legs and tail goes underneath. Crying may stop during the test, but
pup remains quite stiff.
quiet, but may be stiff, drawing up legs and tail underneath. Pup does not move in anyway. Very rigid.
Pup may wimper softly or grunt, but is not
stiff. Tail is loose and legs hang down freely.
Pup remains quiet throughout. Pup is not stiff and legs and tail hang freely. Pup is alert and confident.
Pup is quiet and relaxed. Pup's legs and tail
hang freely. Back is loose. Pup may close eyes and fall alseep.
4. Turn the pup over on its back securely supported.
and fights being turned over. This pup is continually screaming. This
pup is VERY traumatized and flinches with any touch.
slightly or cries softly. Struggles at first, then remains stiff with
legs and tail drawn up. May sease to cry or wimper, but body remains
stiff throughout. Might try to right itself.
Remains quiet throughout. Struggles initially, then remains stiff with legs and tail drawn up.
Remains quiet. Stiffens at first with legs
draw up and tail turned in, but then relaxes. Does not struggle.
Remains quiet. Does not stiffen. Legs and tail are loose. Alert and confident.
Remains quiet. Does not
seem to care. Rolls with hand and every muscle is loose. May close eyes and fall asleep in your hands.
5. Place the pup in a high-sided wicker basket by itself. How does this pup act when separated from littermates?
pup immediately moves for the side of the basket. Pup cries and
screams in a high-pitched tone. This pup struggles and tries to hide
in the corner. Continually screams throughout the test. Elevated
heartrate, traumatized and distressed. If you touch this pup he will
wimpers and cries and may howl because he's alone. This pup moves
around looking for others. Unconfortable. Wants his mom. May howl
and wimper and whine. If you pick him up he will stop crying.
for littermates. Looks around, gets up smelling and sniffing and wants
to find somebody to be with. Misses everyone and wants to be warm.
Does not lie down or sit, but continues to move around the basket. May
wimper, but not as much as 3-4.
a little, then grows quiet and sits. Moves and searches around the
bottom of the basket, but eventually lies down. Remains alert and
might move again or follow the corner of the basket.
quiet. Sits at first and looks around. You can see the dog thinking
about its situation. May move around a tad, but as much as 7-8. Then
lays down in the crook of the basket. Looks around and watches. Alert
and aware of surroundings.
quiet. May look around slightly, move to the crook of the basket then
lie head down and close eyes. This pup is confident and alert. It
seemingly knows that there is no harm.
6. Replace the pup back near its siblings, but not with them. How does the pup react?
Immediately scoots underneath
the puppy pile. As long as his head is covered this pup is not yelling.
Might wimper a tad before moving to the pack. Has a tendency to go under
May wimper. Look
around, smell your hand and go over to the pile.
to stay with you and play. Biting at your feet. Is awake, alert, and
energetic. May return to the pack and bite other pups or chew on them
meander back to the pack and may entice other pups to play, but
softly. Not with energy. May stay with you and play with your toes or
shoestrings. Will tire quickly and return to the pack.
quiet and meanders over to the pile of pups and lays down at the edge
of pups. May also stay close to you and sniff your foot. May curl up
next to your foot or body.
Temperament Test #3
6 Weeks to 6.5 Weeks Old
(Baby teeth have come in. Hearing, sight, and smell are developed. Highly
mobile. Wagging tail and vocal.)
1. Drop an object into the den away from the pups.
and runs to hide under his littermates.
Wimpers or cries, may scream briefly. Draws back away from the noisy object.
May continue to softly wimper.
Stiffens then draws back or flinches. Remains quiet. May sniff and move
slightly in direction of object, but remains stiff.
Slightly startled at first, then looks at the object and stands
up to investigate.
Sits up to look at the object. May stand to investigate or sniff in the direction of the object.
up at the object then lays head back down and falls back asleep.
Using your whole hand, roughly pet the pup from muzzle to tail.
This pup is stiff as a board and will
scream and cry with a high-pitched yell.
Stiffens and wimpers, but not loudly. Stiff and scared in place.
quiet. Moves head down and stiffens tail, but then moves toward littermates.
Remains quiet, but may lower head
slightly at first with the unexpected touch. Wags tail.
Moves with your hand. May look up at your when your hand starts down his back.May
wag tail gently.
Moves head in the direction of the pet. May close its eyes in content. Does not move from is position.
Looks up at hand when it moves away.
Pick up the pup from its den using your whole hand to simulate mother dog's mouth.
This puppy is very stiff.
Traumatized. Continues to yell and whine as if in pain.
Stiffens and cries out. May be some movement at the initial
lifting. Draws up legs and tail goes underneath. Crying may stop during the test, but pup remains quite stiff.
quiet, but may be stiff, drawing up legs and tail underneath. May wag tail stiffly and vigorously. Very rigid
This puppy may grunt at first, but remains loose.
This puppy is quite loose and calm. It may wag his tail
This puppy is very loose and calm. It makes no sound.
4. Turn the pup over on its back securely supported.
This puppy is very stiff.
Extremely traumatized. Continues to yell and whine as if in pain.
Wimpers slightly or cries softly.
Struggles at first, then remains stiff with legs and tail drawn up. May sease to cry or wimper, but body remains stiff
throughout. Might try to right itself.
May wag tail vigorously in a stiff motion. Body is somewhat stiff, but not as
much as 3-4.
Remains quiet. Stiffens at first with legs draw up and tail turned in, but then relaxes. Does not struggle.
extremely quiet and loose. May lick or wag his tail gently, not fast.
Continues to remain loose and very calm.
May close eyes and fall asleep.
5. Place the pup in a high-sided wicker basket by itself. How does this
pup act when separated from littermates?
Whines and wimpers and goes to hide in the corner of the basket.
May try to jump out, barks and whines at the fact that he cannot.
Pup wimpers and cries and may howl because
he's alone. This pup moves around looking for others. Unconfortable. Wants his mom. May howl and wimper
and whine. If you pick him up he will stop crying.
Looks around, gets up smelling and sniffing and wants to find
somebody to be with. Does not lie down or sit, but continues to move around the basket.
This pup will wag his tail with
intensity and go toward you. May jump up on edge of basket wagging tail vigorously.
Looks up at you and gently wags
his tail. May sit or go to the edge of the basket to be closer to you. Leans on the edge of the basket in hopes of getting
May look up at you and gently wag his tail. May sit or lie down and continue to look at you. When you
do not return your hand, If he's not tired, he may either continue to gaze at you or if he is tired, he may close eyes and
6. Replace the pup back near its siblings, but
not with them. How does the pup react?
Goes immediately underneath the pack, whining the whole time.
Might wimper a tad before moving to the
pack. Has a tendency to go under pile or bury his head.
May drop its head in stiffness initially. Then goes immediately
over to the pack and may bark and wag tail strongly enticing the other pups to play with him. Is no longer interested in you.
Wants to stay with you and play. Biting at your feet. Is awake, alert, and energetic. May return to the pack
and bite other pups or chew on them to play. Tail wags vigorously.
This puppy will remain with you and gently
play with your shoes or hands. He may continue to wag his tail gently. He may also entice other puppies to come
over to you and play.
He may gently wag his tail and lean next to you. He may play with your shoes or hand if you remain. No
noise or sound from the puppy.