Can a New breed of dog be made?
May 9, 2007 4:05am CST
I know husbandry wise it can be done, but the problem is getting the new breed recognized as a separate breed. For example I am dreaming of developing a breed of dog in my country the Philippines "We dont have a reconized native breed here" I am planning to use our native dogs and show type Labrador dogs for temperment and body comformity. I know AKC and other pedigree associations are strict about this but in my opinion if it was done in the past how come they are somewhat preventing it from happening again in the present. The need exists in my country for a dog that is family friendly "Labrador trait." yet is very protective of its owner and his family "Native dog traits" so by interbreeding them and establishing a standard of the hybrid and carefull husbandry it can be done but how can it be recognized when all hybrids are labelled mongrels now a days?
• United States
9 May 07
In order to develop a new breed, you have to establish a breed standard that lists all the physical traits that the dog should have. You then have to breed dogs to fit this standard that will pass on these traits to their offspring. Developing a breed is not something that can be done in just a few generations of breeding, it usually takes a good 50-100 years to develop a specific breed type. Unfortunately, all your dogs are going to be just mixes unless you get some other people to rally for your cause.
10 May 07
I see Thanks for the response, but understand that I don't plan to just repeat the process of crossing labs with our natives, no. What I am planning is what you said, careful breeding until a specific body type or breed type is achived, I read about wolf dogs on another website I guess its the most recent new dog breed to be accepted. But that it seems is a hundered years ago, But I guess with time effort and dedication I can get people interested of my cause, we really dont have a local breed in the Philippines. But I think the Breed type can be achieved in atleast 4 generations, its the sustainable gene pool and consistent offspring that would take time to make. Thanks again your information is greatly appreciated:)
• United States
13 May 07
There are dogs that are family friendly and protective. I would think that you would be better off finding the dog that meets they physical characteristics that you want with the personality that you want and then ensuring that you can breed quality dogs of that nature in your country. Developing a 'breed' is not easy. I think the reason the AKC is so tough is people who breed dogs like poodle and cocker spaniels then expect them to be recognized as a breed.
13 May 07
Thanks for the reply, i will keep that in mind when I begin my project this year. I already have a show type Lab female ready for the job of being the first of the stock or parent breed and a half Lab male who already has native dog blood and has the correct temperment that I like. Soft mouthed (would only bluff biting but would never injure you) yet very protective, if they would produce offspring I would think that the characteristics that would set them aside from real labradors is 1, the color(natives have particolors and brindles, this is not present in real labradors), 2 the temperment(as I said softmothed yet protective), 3 the body type, since our dogs are a lot thinner in build than a lab I think a tall yet medium built dog would make a good guard dog because he has good size yet is not heavy when making a chase (against intruders I mean haha) I hope you can share more insight in the future thanks again for your contribution.:)