Last Updated on September 5, 2022 by Fumipets
There are many shepherd-type canines in development, making it difficult to keep track of them all.
If you’ve heard of a Lycan Shepherd or seen photos of a beautiful black dog with bright eyes and want to learn more about them, read on.
What is a Lycan Shepherd?
A Lycan Shepherd is a beautiful new breed made up of Blue Bay Shepherds, working-line German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois that is presently being developed. The aim is to breed canines who are intelligent, have a wolf-like look, and are reliable.
Up-and-coming breeds are always fascinating to learn about, and the Lycan Shepherd is one that is sure to make a splash.
Let’s take a look at this developing breed.
More About The Lycan Shepherd
The Lycan Shepherd is a new breed that is still in its infancy.
Lycans are a cross of Blue Bay Shepherds, German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.
Because the Lycan Shepherd is such a new breed, any of the original breed’s characteristics may manifest in the pups.
Because one of the breeds that makes up the Lycan Shepherd is partially made up of wolf dogs, unexpected traits may also emerge.
Before combining her wolf pups with the founding German Shepherds to establish her new line, the creator of Blue Bay Shepherds worked hard to remove aggressiveness and shyness in them.
However, by mating these dogs back to German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, there is a risk of reintroduction of aggressiveness.
Many individuals who desire a Lycan Shepherd may value the capacity to defend the house as well as be a devoted family member, thus this may not be an unwanted feature.
You can watch these incredible new canines in action in the video below, which was produced by one of the Lycan Shepherd Project’s breeders.
What Qualities Should A Lycan Shepherd Possess?
Superior intelligence — The Lycan Shepherd is bred to have a bigger brain than its physical size, as well as enhanced intelligence and problem-solving abilities.
Wolfish appearance – Lycan Shepherds should have a wolf-like look, with a black coat, bright eyes, big heads, and short ears as compared to German Shepherds.
Obedience to people – The Lycan Shepherd is expected to maintain wolf-like intellect while also possessing the dedication to people that one would expect from a Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd.
Why is the Lycan Shepherd not recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC)?
The AKC is quite particular about what it needs for registration.
Before a line of dogs to be called a breed, they must exhibit extremely consistent characteristics that have been handed down through generations.
In their lifetimes, founders of emerging breeds are uncommon to see their breed recognised with the AKC.
AKC certification may take up to a hundred years of continuous reproduction, and it usually takes at least 40 years for the AKC to even consider a breed.
The Breeds Behind A Lycan Shepard
Blue Bay Shepherd
Blue Bay Shepherds have been in development for almost 20 years, however, they are still not registered with the American Kennel Club.
The origins of all Blue Bay Shepherds may be traced back to Palm Bay, Florida.
Wolf dogs and blue Old German Shepherd Dogs from a European strain from France were used to create Blue Bay Shepherds.
These canines were born with a blue colouring that is very uncommon among German Shepherds.
GSD pups born blue, on the other hand, often acquired a saddle marking and lost their blue colour as they grew older.
The breeder was attempting to introduce wolf traits into German Shepherd lines at the time.
She wanted to create a breed that had the intellect and looks of wolves but lacked timidity and fearfulness.
She finally discovered two German Shepherds with smaller ears, the right colour, and the quiet temperament she desired.
The Blue Bay Shepherds that we know today were developed from the pups generated by Shepherds and wolf dogs.
Five generations away from a pure wolf, the blue Shepherds were mated with wolf dogs. Then, and even still, Blue Bay to Blue Bay crosses were made.
There will be no additional wolves introduced to the breed’s development.
All of the wolves’ good qualities in terms of look and intellect are anticipated to be retained.
All Blue Bay Shepherd pups will have genealogy and papers that can be traced back to this original line.
Blue Bay Shepherd pups will come with a certificate, an identification number, and a hand-signed registration from the founder.
If this breed is ever to be registered with the AKC, thorough paperwork is required. Without this certificate, the dog isn’t a Blue Bay Shepherd.
Appearance Of Blue Bay Shepherd
With a dark blue coat and light-coloured eyes, Blue Bay Shepherds should have a wolfish look. They have a rich, blue to black coat and long hair around their mane.
Working German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is the all-around worker of the dog world. Police and military dogs, personal security dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and herding shepherds are all excellent choices.
Working German Shepherds are descended from a variety of European and Czechoslovak lineages.
Working dogs have fewer angles than show dogs, which means they have fewer hip issues.
Working dogs also have unique temperaments, with strong drive but good self-control, making them ideal for work or as family friends.
These canines are devoted to their owners and establish strong connections with them. They’re prepared to go above and beyond what their family expects of them.
German Shepherds are known for being distant and cautious of strangers, and certain lines may be violent.
The Belgian Malinois is a hardworking working dog that is similar to the German Shepherd but differs in a few important ways.
Belgian Malinois have a more squared-off build than German Shepherds, with a less angular back. They are usually tiny, but they have a lot of energy.
These dogs have a high level of athleticism. Many people have a natural ability to climb trees, ladders, and tightropes.
They are devoted to satisfying their folks and are very loyal.
Belgian Malinois are more prone than German Shepherds to give way to impulses. They also have a guarded demeanour towards strangers.
The breed is known for having a strong protective instinct and, in certain cases, aggressiveness against humans.
Ideal Lycan Owner
If you’re thinking of getting a Lycan, keep in mind that they’re hard to come by since they’re still being created, and they’re not for everyone.
Before even contemplating this breed, potential owners must exhibit specific qualities.
Tolerant Of Unpredictability
It’s doubtful that your Lycan puppy will grow up to be the dog you imagined.
There is no certainty about how the puppy will come out since these canines were recently bred from three distinct breeds and haven’t been in development for very long.
Your dog may look like a working-line German shepherd, a Belgian Malinois, or a Blue Bay Shepherd in appearance.
Blue Bays, being a very young line that is not yet an established breed, exhibit unpredictably variable breed traits.
Able To Provide Lots Of Training And Stimulus
Expect your Lycan to be very bright and determined, regardless of their personality traits.
This is a dog that not only wants, but also requires, continuous contact and a variety of activities.
The tasks you can perform with your dog will vary depending on his degree of prey drive, distractibility, and trainability.
Some dogs thrive on employment, while others are more timid and would benefit from lengthy walks with you alone.
To keep him safe at your side, you’ll need either a secure collar or a well-fitting harness and a leash.
You’ll need to figure out what works best for your dog and fulfil his specific requirements.
A Controlled Household
Children and other pets in the house may or may not get along with the Lycan. Until the dog is three years old, its behaviour may alter.
While neutering or spaying will affect your dog’s instincts, he or she may still exhibit surprising behaviours.
Strong prey drive for smaller animals in the house, aggressiveness against other canines, or a strong affinity for one person in the house are examples of these behaviours.
It’s critical that you maintain control over your home and can keep everyone involved, including your Lycan Shepherd, out of harm’s way.