FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We are serious about the lives we bring into this world. 

 

We place equal priorities on health and temperament. The look of the dog never takes precedence over these core priorites, which is why the colour and type of the breed may take longer to develop.  We are in no rush and are patient in our breeding goals because we do it the right way.

Important:  Please read up on The Australian Lykos Development Project's Frequently Asked Questions page here.

WHY THE LYKOS?

Being involved in purebreds for such a long time, I developed my blood lines up to a excellent international standard, where I am satisified that little needs to be done in their improvement.  I am a firm believer that each litter bred should be a serious attempt to improve type, health and temperament. I do not beleive in breeding puppies for the sake of it, nor ever for money (trust me, if you breed the right way, you don't make money!), so I have no burning desire to regularly produce litters when there is nothing equally good enough to breed them to. I beleive in breeding fowards, not backwards.

 

After learning about the other breeds in development overseas, such as the Northern Inuit, British Timber Dog and Utonagan, I knew that Australia like this and I would personally love to have one myself.

 

There are breeds in Australia that are not recognised by the ANKC that hae been imported from overseas that resemble a wolf type of dog, but after investigation and first hand experience with them, I was not satisfied with their temperaments and ability to fit into the average family as a stable companion. 

 

One of these breeds was a Czech Wolf Dog (Kita, pictured above in 1st and 3rd photo and below).  She was a magnificant little soul with a very sweet nature, but extremely high energy (rare for her to sit still - the photo below was the only time she rested for 2 minutes), bad separation anxiety (screamed when I left the room) and she could not be left in a backyard (attended or unattended!). Within 10 seconds of being outside, she tried to jump our 6 foot fence - and would have succeeded if I hadn't grabbed her tail when she was half way over!  Kita was then transferred to a facility in QLD who was very experienced in her breed.  Not a breed I would recommend for the average family home! Her breeder had imported her parents and was vastly inexperienced. When I found Kita, she had 2 other siblings up for rehoming in different parts of Australia, due to their level of difficultly to fit into the average home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had the option of including Kita in my breeding program, but felt very stongly that her negative behaviour traits would not be a good thing for the Lykos breed.

 

The other dogs/breeds I know of have very skittish temperaments and unreliable recalls and this is something I don't wish to see in the Lykos. I decided these other breeds need full-time companionship and the owner needs to secure the animal as if it were a wolf.  Not something really suitable for a pet.

 

It is my aim to only breed dogs of fantastic temperament suitable for a companion/family dog, using only the soundest domesticated canines in body and mind.

ACTIVITIES/TRAINING

I feel that it is important for all dogs to experience a great life, with regular fun activities and outings.  Dogs should be reliable in their obedience, friendly companions that fit well into the wider community.

 

Over the years, I have owned and bred dogs that excelled in conformation showing as well as working ability.  At the end of the day, most people will agree, that the most important thing is that the dog have a great temperament suited for the family lifestyle.

 

Obviously, a well behaved pet only comes from a) the right genetics and b) the right upbringing. 

 

It's the breeder's job to select the right genetics and raise their puppies with lots of love, care, handling and positive experiences with different people. Then, it's over to the new owner to create a good environment and routine for the dog, with balanced training methods and positive habituation. For me, these things are the bare basics.

 

RECOGNITION

Being involved in the recognition of the White Shepherds here, I am well versed in how the ANKC work and the requirements for the recognition of a new breed.  Our main focus at the moment is to develop the breed, which if done carefully will take a long time, but if all goes well, and there are other breeders doing the right thing and the breed's numbers are sufficient, ANKC recognition shall be applied for in the distant future when the appropriate requirements are fulfilled.

BREEDING ETHICS

We are passionate about dogs, their husbandry, correct training methods and general care. We are dedicated to helping others and will always provide advice to those asking for it. We breed for the right reasons and select dogs very carefully and after long consideration and investigation into their health, behaviour and genetics and only after they have proven themselves via diagnostic testing.

 

We have provided guarantees for all our purebreds over the years, and do the same for the Lykos breed. We stand by every puppy we breed and take full repsonsibility for the genetics of the puppies we bring into this world. No puppy of ours will ever be irreponsibly bred or end up in a bad home, rescue, pound or shelter. Our relationships with our puppy buyers and the contracts we sell under are a safeguard for the dogs and the future of the breed.

Our homebred girl, Neva (Lykosia Asena Dawn)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Important:  Please read up on The Australian Lykos Development Project's Frequently Asked Questions page here.

Do you take reservations for future litters?

Sorry, no we don't.  If you are interested in a litter, please enquire at the time the litter is announced. Please keep a look out on our website or Facebook page.

How common is this breed?

The Lykos breed is still very rare due to it being in the very early stages of development.

What is your policy for selling a breeding dog?

We do not sell breeding dogs to anyone under any circumstances. Our puppies go to their new homes desexed.  There may be an occasional opportunity where we sell a puppy under Breeders Terms. This procedure is explained in our Puppy Sale Agreement which is a legal document.  You can only obtain this agreement if you are genuinely interested in purchasing a puppy and fill out our online Puppy Application.  The puppy can only be bred under our express written permission within our breeding program or if you are a registered breeder of the Australian Lykos Development Project.

The Lykos breeding program is done with pedigree knowledge as well as rigorous health testing with a focus on temperament and desirable traits.  Some backyard breeders are trying to breed husky/malamute/shepherd mixes without knowledge of health testing and this is not something we support at all.  Always buy from a breeder who is a registered breeder of the ALDP.

What makes the Lykos breed any different to other wolf-look-a-like breeds, here in Australia?

Other unique breeds here (other than the Swiss Shepherd, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute) that have a wolf-like appearance here are the 1) Tamaskan and 2) Czech Wolfdog. 

 

The Lykos dog breed is unique to these breeds for many reasons, especially when comparing Breed Standards, but here are a few of the main/general differences, sourced from breed-specific information pages.

1) The Tamaskan breed considers long coats as a fault, whereas in the Lykos long coats are very acceptable.

2)  The Tamaskan have a standard range of colours that are limited to red gray, wolf grey and black grey agouti patterns.  The Lykos currently comes in wolf grey, dark sable, dark grey agouti, mostly white, black and white, as well as a dark bi-colour. 

3) A Tamaskan can take it's time to recall and some are known to need quite a bit of training and work to recall. The Lykos is easily and highly trainable and has an excellent recall due to the percentage of German Shepherd in them. 

4) The Tamaskan is said to be prone to separation anxiety an destructive behaviour of left alone for any length of time. The Lykos should not be prone to separation anxiety. 

5)  The Tamaskan is more "a more advanced and experienced dog owner", whereas the Lykos is easily suited to your average Australian family home.

Czech Wolfdog (FCI recognised breed)

Information:

A couple managed to import 2 of these dogs from Germany and had 2 litters. The dam was a purebred CZ wolfdog but the father's lineage was said to have White Shepherd in it as the breeder of the ancestor was said to mix them.

At the one time, 3 of the pups who were entering their teenage phase, were up for re-homing for being too high energy, unable to be left in a secure yard, escape artists and very high separation anxiety and destructive behaviours.  It didn't help when the breeders did not screen carefully for knowledgeable homes, hence why several ended up in rescue.

My own experience when I had one for a short time, was that although a beautiful looking dog, the average Australian household would definitely not be able to handle one of these dogs.  The general experience of many owners who have given opinions of the breed on the internet is that they are quite difficult to train.

My personal experience with the one that I had was that it was a very well trained dog whose previous owner had put an incredible amount of work into her, but the instinctive behaviours were very intense and ingrained.  This was not something I wanted to incorporate into the Lykos breed. The majority of Australian dog enthusiasts want a trainable, easy going pet that is well suited to either a rural setting or suburban backyard.  

The CZ wolfdog is suitable to a much more advanced and experienced dog owner, and still have these above listed traits because of their wolf content.