top of page
WELCOME TO LYKOSIA
Lykosia's founder Brooke Taylor has been involved with breeding purebred dogs for 23 years and heavily involved with advanced training/behaviour for 28 years. Lykosia is our prefix (breeding name) and our breed is the Lykos (or Lykos Wolfalike).
Lykosia are passionately dedicated to the development of the Lykos Wolfalike dog breed in Australia, and are registered breeders of with the Lykos Wolfalike Council of Australia Inc and abide by their Code of Ethics. We are based on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
Our Lykos Wolfalike breeding program commenced in 2014 and we have been so pleased with the development and improvement of our bloodlines.
The Lykos Wolfalike Council of Australia Inc. ("LWCA") is ONLY the official sponsoring parent club of the Lykos Wolfalike or any "wolfalike" dog, working towards the development of of the breed in Australia with a kennel council. The LWCA is a non-for-profit organisation (incorporated association) and is professionally run by those experienced in the sport of canine breeding, club procedures, training and other dog activities.
Breed founder (Brooke)'s original purebred White Shepherd breeding program (Neigepearl) developed as a formidable force and gained wonderful achievements and accolades on an Australian and international scale. These lines are well known for their working and show ring achievements in Australia and Europe. Brooke has been DNA testing her dogs since 2013 and hip/elbow since 2001.
It is considered a "taboo thing" by many purebred (breed preservation) dog breeders to be mixing breeds. Brooke was one of these passionate advocates herself, (though she continues also breeding purebred White Shepherds ) but after a lot of research, thought and consideration, the Lykos foundation proved extremely successful and hit the nail on the head in terms of temperament, health, looks, colour and type, while being able to develop a breed with open genetic diversity.
Brooke has dedicated over half her life to dogs and keeping up to date with training and behaviour, and being a very strong advocate for the responsible and ethical breeding of animals. She has been an outspoken figurehead in the industry when it comes to ethical breeding and genetic health, as well as being passionate about breeders protecting puppies and reducing the incidence of backyard breeding via legal sale contracts.
Brooke owns 4 dogs, 2 senior dogs (Meira the White Shepherd and Lyka the Husky), and Tala (who is Meira's great granddaugter), and Tala's daughter, Jenna (who is also a Lyka great granddaughter). Brooke sometimes selects the pick of the litter puppies to keep within the Lykos breeding program in collaboration with their owners.
Lykosia do not endorse breeders who keep kennels full of dogs and breed them for commercial profit. Always ask breeders how many dogs they own and that are on their property. In Victoria, our Animal Welfare Laws are strict, and rightfully so as it stops puppy farming. The legislation surrounding dog breeding and council regulations are there to stop breeders advantage of animals. Always ask breeders if they are compliant with their State and Council laws - and ask for evidence! Animals cannot simply live their best lives when kept as livestock rather than family companions in the home.
No puppies bred by Lykosia will ever end up in a rescue organisation or shelter. This is written into the puppy sale contracts. Lykosia will always take puppies back if owner's cannot keep them for any reason and arrange a suitable new home that ticks all our boxes.
At this point in time, Brooke embarks on 9 successive generations (20+ years) of hard work and research with these special and unique bloodlines. With a history of intense research, no expense was been spared in sourcing the world's most quality, reliable foundation dogs. Their direct ancestors have excelled in jobs as guides for the blind, therapy, service, police, and search & rescue dogs. We have purposefully selected these lines as the foundations of the Lykos, directly in line with our vision and goals.
Breeding is not just a matter of breeding a couple of attractive dogs together - even if they pass health test results. It's a combination of knowledge, genetic science, creativity and art learnt over the course of over two decades, combined with selective breeding for a specific temperament, type and other qualities. This is also what makes our breeding program so unique.
Our aim is to occasionally breed exceptionally sound and healthy companion animals that fit into the Australian lifestyle, with the physical features of wolf, beautiful temperament, optimum health and looks in accordance with the Breed Standard.
With carefully selected genetics and our proven methods and 20+ year's experience in raising our puppies in the best way possible, the proof is in our puppies!
Even with the breed still in its infancy, the Lykos dogs we have bred are doing the following work outside the normal culture of a family pet:-
- Advertising & Marketing (acting as wolves in ads and movies)
- Therapy Dogs
- Qualified Service Dogs
- Psychiatric Support Dog
- Scent Detection
- Emotional Support Dogs
- Tracking / Search & Rescue
- Sledding / Bikejoring
- Modelling for photography and artist sculptures
- Sheep herding
A lot can be said for the Lykos breed proving themselves to be a brilliant family companion breed, as well as an all-round, reliable working dog that is willing to please and easy to train. The proof is certainly in the pudding when it comes to this breed in development! The future is looking very bright!
Our breeding program is undertaken with the utmost professionalism with significant experience and testing in health, genetics and behaviour and we are always available and willing to help our puppy owners in any and every aspect throughout their lives.
Developing the Lykos Wolfalike to perfection, is a dedicated hobby and not a "business" or run for profit.
To me, breeding is about developing the breed and bloodlines we have envisioned most of my life. I do this in the best way possible, using the modern science of diagnostic health and DNA testing, with considerable success in selective breeding and canine temperament and behaviour.
bottom of page