If I’m not mistaken, these two mid-content wolfdogs happen to be Jude’s mother and aunt, Kai and Slate. Kai’s pairing with Jordan (a purebred GSD) makes Jude an F-6 crossbreed, which means that he is, from a genetic standpoint, 100% domestic dog - he and his brothers and sister just happen to maintain a rather ‘wolfy’ appearance.
Here are a few other dogs produced from pairing the above two wolfdogs with Jordan:
As you can see, some are far more “wolflike” than others, despite all being F-6 in content. Jude is somewhere on the less-wolfy end of the spectrum:
So there you have it: Jude’s heritage, and hopefully a bit of helpful information about wolf/dog genetics. Now please stop asking if my dog is a wolf.
You technically have a low to low-mid content wolfdog, even if it’s F6. F1 and F2 wolfdogs are very rare these days (and often illegal in many places).
The woman who breeds Blue Bay Shepherds also breeds wolfdogs in the state of Florida, where laws on exotic animal ownership is exceedingly lax. She has in her possession several high-content wolfdogs, which she used in the early developmental stages of producing the BBS line.
Here is one of those high-contents, a relative of Kai and Slate:
Her great grandmother was an eastern timber wolf, making Sterling an F-4. Her offspring - Jude’s mother and aunt - would be F-5s, so their offspring - Jude and his siblings - are F-6.
Here’s what the breed developer has to say in regards to the wolf content of her dogs:
"They will not carry the stigma of the name ‘wolf’, ‘wolf dog’ or ‘wolf hybrid’ since one of the parents is a full German Shepherd and the other parent is 5 generations away from any pure wolf in their line. This makes the first Blue Bays F-6. Within the next year or two I will be breeding Blue Bay to Blue Bay. I have been very selective about the animals that I chose for this first breeding. I used animals that I have line bred for quite some time specifically for looks and temperament and I know their backgrounds well. I have already chosen the other lines that I will be introducing into the further development of the breed although I can say I have come closer to exactly what I want the Blue bay to be in these first pups than I ever imagined I would. There will be NO wolves added in the development of this breed. I will be creating a standard for what all Blue bays should ideally be…"
Hope this helps! :)
Note: My response to this post is not meant to be a personal attack or hurtful in any way. I do, however, find some of the marketing used by the breeder to be misleading.
First of all, her “high content” wolfdog looks to be mid content. A “high content” wolfdog should look exactly like a wolf. Her wolfdog looks more like a wolfy dog. Whether unintentional or not, this is misrepresentation.
Second of all, if you breed wolf into a line of dogs, the offspring are considered wolfdogs, no matter how distant the lineage. Wolfdogs bred in captivity are still wolf/dog mixes.
For example, Czechoslovakian wolfdogs and Saarloos wolfdogs are two actual, established breeds of dog, whose wolf lineage is a lot further than F6. They are still wolfdogs, and they are known as “wolfdogs”.
By saying your low to low-mid content wolfdogs are actually a made up breed of domestic dog is irresponsible, first of all. As we’re all well aware, wolfdogs can be quite a handful, especially when they retain specific “wolf” traits. You cannot breed behavioural traits out of wolves. By saying wolfdogs are actually just domestic dogs because they are F6 merely puts a blanket on the issue. Wolfdogs are not domestic dogs, because wolf content isn’t just about physical traits. (Eg. It’s impossible to have an animal that looks just like a wolf and acts just like a dog).
(And then there’s the legal issue where wolfdogs are illegal in a lot of states and provinces… I don’t think telling a judge that “the breeder says it’s just a shepherd and it’s F6!” will hold up in court. Most states/provinces specify that wolf mixes of any kind from any generation cannot be kept as pets).
It’s clear that BBS were bred to be “designer” dogs (dogs bred for their looks, not their health or temperament). By saying that they are not wolfdogs, they are able to sell more puppies (especially to people who live in places where wolfdogs are illegal). And hey, who doesn’t want a dog that looks just like an exotic wolf that’s marketed with the temperament of a dog?
(There is also another breed of designer dog that does this that infuriates me, but I’ll save that for another post…)
- BBS’ high content wolfdog is actually a mid content
- wolfdogs will always be wolfdogs, regardless of generation
- labeling wolfdogs as domestic dogs is irresponsible (and probably illegal?)
- lying to people for profit is pretty low
>- wolfdogs will always be wolfdogs, regardless of generation
This is actually bullshit, here is why: all dog breeds originated from wolves, so going by your claim, all dogs would have to be labeled wolfdogs since they all have wolf way, way back in their line.
Secondly, there were wolves used in the creation of the German Shepherd, yet the breed is known as dog, not wolfdog.
And while I didn’t make this rule and wile I do not agree with it, yes, (wolf)dogs past the F5 generation are to be considered dogs, even if they still act and look like wolfdogs. Look it up.
It’s the same with the Savannah cat, you need a license to add one of them (depending where you live) if they’re under the F5 generation, but if they are +F5 you can own one legally no matter the serval content and no matter where you live, as they are considered normal housecats.