"The Dire Wolf Project"
The Dire Wolf Project(TM) is the breeding of a large Companion Dog with the exact bone structure of the Dire wolf (Canis Dirus), an extinct wolf of the Pleistocene era.
"There is NO wolf blood in our dogs
"The Wolf is not a domesticated animal, it is a wild animal. Dogs are domesticated and no one should bred any domesticated animals with wild animals, it defeats the purpose of being domesticated."
The Dire Wolf Project was started in 1988 in order to bring back the look of the large prehistoric Dire Wolf in a domesticated dog breed. The National American Alsatian Breeder's Club governs the project and standardizes breeding practices for this unique large companion dog. Health and temperament remain the highest priority over the look of the Dire Wolf, so this project is slow and methodical. Join us on a historical journey of Dire Wolf memories and watch as we domesticate history one generation at a time.
THE DIRE WOLF PROJECT :: THE AMERICAN ALSATIAN
The Vulpes Fox Project(TM) is the breeding of a medium to small Companion Dog with the exact bone structure of the (Vulpes Vulpes), an extinct Fox of the Pleistocene era.
"There is NO Fox blood in our dogs
as I would NEVER bred a fox into any Companion dog".
Genetically speaking, foxes and domestic dogs are not capable of breeding. They are in different genetic classifications and in simple terms, their genetic pairings are not compatible.
Canid hybrids are the result of inter-breeding of different species within the wider dog family. ‘This doesn’t imply that all members of the dog family can successfully mate and produce offspring.
There are 2 major classifications within the wider dog family namely the Genus Canis and the Canidae.
The Genus Canuis include dogs, wolves, dingoes, jackals and coyotes.
The Canidae include foxes, wild dogs and racoon dogs.
Members of each classification can breed with each other but not with members of the other classification.
As you can see, dogs and foxes fall under different classifications hence cannot inter breed.
In the rare case that they do breed, the offspring will either die prematurely or be infertile if they reach adulthood.
The gene structures of these two classifications are not compatible therefore cannot naturally merge.
Breeding within the two classifications is, however, possible.
That’s where we get the term canid hybrids. Hybrids between certain species is considered illegal in some areas and these hybrids, were they to happen, should be kept in cages and classified as wild animals. This is usually the case when a domestic dog mates with a wild member of the genus canis classification.
At the time of this writting there are no genetically verified dog-fox hybrids on record.
The chromosome count of a red fox is 2n=34 (plus 3-5 micro-chromosomes) and that of a dog, 2n=78. So the difference in counts is large, with dogs having more than twice as many. This fact is often cited as somehow making such hybrids "impossible." But well-documented hybrids have been produced in many other crosses where the parents exhibit large differences in chromosome counts (for example, see the various equine crosses with large differences in parental chromosome counts documented here). In general, differences in the chromosome counts of the parents participating in a cross adversely affect the fertility of the hybrids, not their viability.
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