Since 2000, Brooke has played an integral role of the development of the White Shepherd blood lines in Australia and on an international scale. She has vast experience in training and behaviour and has displayed breeding ethics of the highest calibre, resulting in Australia's soundest and healthiest White Shepherds.
She is now also using that experience and knowledge to develop the Lykos...
ABOUT THE BREEDER
For Brooke, dogs are an integral part of her life. Since she was a small child, her passion has been animals, nature and all its intricate beauty.
Brooke has been involved with developing the White Shepherd in Australia since 2000 and also been heavily involved in many disciplines in dog training and behaviour for over 25 years.
Brooke also rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed dogs in need, as well as trained in a myriad of dog sports and activities, such as sheep herding, lure coursing, tracking, agility, obedience and protection work.
Dogs bred by Brooke are on record for having the best hip/elbow/DNA and temperament results in the country while breeding purebred White Shepherds. This took over 20 years of hard work, money. extensive research and sacrifice. Over the years, Brooke has leased stud dogs from abroad, imported frozen semen from America, Germany and Italy. She has also exported her dogs and frozen semen to Italy, Hawaii, Sweden, Netherlands and Finland, as well as helping other breeders in Russia with providing them with new bloodlines (for free), solely for the improvement of the breed on a world-wide scale.
Brooke's Australian bred whites were the first Australian exports to be accepted by the World Kennel Club (FCI) as the worldwide new breed, the White Swiss Shepherd Dog.
Brooke's successes in developing the White Shepherd breed in Australia and contributions to overseas breeding programs, was enough for her to be able to slow down her breeding program as she felt she improved the quality of the breed up to a very satisfying standard . So now Brooke only breeds her White Shepherd lines every few years or so just to continue on with her exclusive purebred White Shepherd lines.
Brooke believes a breeder should always breed to improve/develop their chosen breed, with correct conformation, temperament, health, type and overall soundness being top, equal priorities. This requires a lot of research, acquired knowledge, networking, continuous learning and a lot of dedication. If you put enough time, money and knowledge, with a willing attitude of continuous learning into your passion, you can succeed in your visions and goals.
When breeding, it should be done the right way, or not at all. Brooke has been an outspoken figurehead for the breed, promoting responsible ownership, training and ethical breeding, with breeders controlling and protecting their puppies and bloodlines.
Brooke has successfully trained and rehabilitated dogs with severe behavioural issues over the years and found them loving, family homes. She has taken on these dogs of her own accord and at no charge or profit, and has also done a substantial amount of rescue work over the years.
In 2014, Brooke had an accidental litter of Husky/White Shepherd mixes while doing rescue. This was horrific to Brooke as over the years she had been very outspoken and negative about mixing breeds.
Brooke began researching what others of this mix looked like, and discovered other wolf look-a-like breeds in development overseas, containing Shepherd, Malamute and Husky, which also happened to contain wolf content. She learnt a lot about these other breeds, and investigated importing a wolf coloured agouti Husky - a colour she had fallen in love with. Then fate knocked on the door and she produced an agouti Husky herself, quite by accident! This was Lyka! And then the beginnings and plannings of the Lykos breed was born!
Brooke chose the breed name "Lykos" due to its contemporary feel, plus it also means "wolf" in Greek (liekos/lyk).
Brooke never thought she would find herself in another breed, yet alone developing another one here in Australia! A spark was ignited in which Brooke could put her knowledge and experience to use in developing a new breed.
What seemed to be missing here in Australia, was a breeding program, of wolfalike breeds, specifically bred for temperament, health and wolfalike appearance, but with absolutely no wolf content. The priority was health of course, but also high trainability. Dogs that also made great pets and fit easily into the average Australian family lifestyle and that are also easy pets for inexperienced owners.
The blue print was laid out and the Lykos breed was born under the umbrella of the Lykos Wolfalike Council of Australia (LWCA) (previous name Australian Lykos Development Project). Brooke is on the committee of the LWCA, working together as a team with other experienced breed advisors, in creating and developing the Lykos Wolfalike breed in Australia. The aim and purpose of the breed is for its formal acceptance with the Australian National Kennel Council.
After breeding purebreds for nearly 2 decades, Brooke's first F1 (first generation) Lykos litter, born in 2015 - surpassed all her expectations, both in looks and temperament! Even when they were still babies, Brooke noticed they were very different to White Shepherds. They were quieter, much more laid back and easy-going - exactly what she was aiming for!
The proof is certainly in the pudding when it comes to this breed in development and the future is looking very bright for the Lykos and Lykosia Wolfalikes in Australia!
LIFE AT LYKOSIA...