Friday, May 21, 2010

How does wolf genetics affect dog behavior?

Most of my pups have about 25% wolf blood by design. This has been part of my breeding strategy for many years and, contrary to popular opinion, the result is a less aggressive and hyper dog, on average, than the German Shepherd created by prolonged line breeding.
If you think about it, a wild canine will do everything in its power to avoid confrontation with humans under normal circumstances. There are three exceptions: Starvation, being cornered or protecting its young.
A wild canine is also generally smarter than a domestic one because of the natural selection process involving survival in the wild.
Over many years of breeding I have found that the wild genetics is highly beneficial in creating a great family companion.

1 comment:

  1. I have recently learned/realized that the genetic footprint I have been mixing into my shepherds is that of the Plains Indian Dog, rather than wolf genetics. My two dogs Keisha and Cisco were rescue dogs from the vicinity of a Native People's reserve south of Calgary. Their looks and behaviour and that of their offspring correlates well with that of published information on dogs kept by North American Native People from the time of contact and onwards.