Have You Heard About the Lycan Shepherd?
Dog lovers across the US are working to create unique dog breeds with special characteristics their creators deem worthy. One of these projects is the Lycan Shepherd. It sounds like an exciting project, and if you love shepherding dogs, you will love the stunning Lycan Shepherd. Here is what you should know about them.
What is exactly a Lycan Shepherd?
The Lycan Shepherd is a project currently being developed. It is a mix of three breeds and is based on the Blue Bay Shepherds. If you want to know more about Blue Bays, check out this article - Blue Bay Shepherds.
Unlike Blue Bays, the Lycan Shepherd includes another breed - the Belgian Malinois. The third breed is, of course, the German Shepherd. The goal is to create a superiorly intelligent dog breed with a stunning, wolf-like appearance. Like any project where a new breed is being made, it takes time and many trials and errors.
Based on dogs produced by now, the results are pretty impressive. The breeders that are a part of that project have created stunning dogs with significant wolf-like characteristics.
Breeds used for Lycan Shepherd creation
Most dog breeds created by crossing different breeds had one breed that was their starting line; for Lycan Shepherds, that were the Blue Bay Shepherds. Little by little, the creators started to include working German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Here is what you need to know about these breeds.
Blue Bay Shepherd as a base
The Blue Bay Shepherd project was an ambitious project of one breeder - Vicki Spencer. She spent over 20 years developing this breed in her home in Palm Bay, Florida. She used her wolfdogs as a foundation for creating a fantastic new breed that would be moved from the wolfdog stigma.
Her goal was to make a breed that would keep the physical appearance of a wolf but get rid of the shyness and fearfulness those animals had. To achieve that, she searched for working lines of European German Shepherds, and when she found two GSDs with rare blue markings and smaller ears, she added them to her wolfdog lines. The wolfdogs used for breeding were 5-generations away from the wild animal, and Spencer had to carefully pick which puppies she would breed. She didn’t want to promote aggressive traits in her dogs.
German Shepherds for the character
The German Shepherd is the best-known working breed in the world. These dogs make great all-around service dogs, and they can perform any duty dogs usually perform. They make amazing police dogs, military dogs, detection, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, or shepherding dogs.
They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, so it is no wonder the creators of the Lycan Shepherds wanted to include a working GSD line in their new breed. Working dog lines have fewer health issues, and their high-drive temperament makes them want to satisfy their owners at all costs. If you want to know more about the German Shepherds, check out the full GSD breed profile.
Belgian Malinois for the drive
The Belgian Malinois is smaller and lighter than the German Shepherd, but their working skill is very close. These dogs are more athletic, and if you ever had the pleasure of meeting one, you noticed how active and energetic they are. This is a breed that can run 24 hours, every day of the week. Malinois are very intense dogs that need plenty of daily exercises to be truly happy.
The main goal of adding these dogs to the Lycan Shepherd breed is to promote protective instincts. Belgian Malinois are one of the best protection dogs. They will do anything they can to keep their family and handlers safe.
If you want to know more about their temperament, check out this article - Belgian Malinois temperament.
The Lycan Shepherd project
The breed’s creator is a former animal warden and a former military man who has worked with dogs for over 30 years. He has successfully created another breed called the Renaissance Bulldogge and started the Lycan Shepherd project with three clear goals;
- Creating a dog with a wolf-like appearance - The ideal Lycan Shepherd should have long limbs and an athletic body.
- Creating an intelligent breed - That is somewhat an understatement. The idea is to create a dog with a superior intellect capable of solving complex problems.
- Creating an obedient breed - Being intelligent won’t do these dogs any good if they can’t channel that intelligence into something constructive. The goal is to create an obedient dog with superb working ability.
Characteristics of the Lycan Shepherd
The ideal characteristics can only be guessed, and there aren’t any standards written about these dogs. The Lycan Shepherd has a long way to go to be registered by the American Kennel Club. In fact, it is so rare that it hasn’t yet been recognized by the United Kennel Club, American Canine Hybrid Club, or Designer Breed Registry.
The ideal Lycan Shepherd should have a dark, thick, double coat that should be exclusively black. They will probably shed quite a bit since that is a trait of all breeds these dogs are based on. Lycans will most likely be very active and demanding dogs that will require an experienced dog owner that could handle them. Based on dogs the founder has already produced, Lycans can get 22 - 26 inches tall, and they will weigh about 55 - 80 pounds.
Lycan Shepherd is not the first project that aims to create such a dog. The original one was the Dire Wolf project, which resulted in the American Alsatian hybrid. It is another dog created to have wolf-like features and a character that would make them fit into an average family. There are also these German Shepherd hybrids and mixes that have the same goal;
Most average dog owners wouldn’t even know the difference, and who can blame them. These are all ambitious projects that will require a bit more time to develop into a stable breed that will be widely available and steady. Luckily, the dog world is full of enthusiastic owners and breeders that want nothing more than to leave their mark and make a certain dog breed better. The Lycan Shepherd is undoubtedly an exciting project we will follow in the future.
Check out the YouTube channel of the breed’s creator - 1st508th Airborne.
Check out their Instagram account for more Lycan Shepherd pictures and updates - 1st508th Airborne.
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