Wolf German shepherd


At the beginning of the pure breeding of this dog, a hairy type of animal began to emerge and some breeders thought that they could achieve a breed type faster if they bred the dogs back with real wolves.


Hans Raber wrote in his Encyclopedia of the Dog. Stephanitz should therefore have indicated that the great grandmother of the breeding males of “Hector of Wohlen,” the bitch “Mores Plieningen,” is descended from a cross between a wolf and sheep dog. He should have corrected this statement later by saying that they had crossing the males Hector being already six generations old. 
Räber reported that A. Heim was firmly convinced that from 1870 to 1900 in Germany wolves were again crossed with sheepdogs. Supposedly this was to protect the breed from distemper. This had led since 1920 that the opinion of the natural deterioration of the shepherds is due to these crossings.
It is now recommended that breeders keep all dogs with wolf characteristics out of the breed. Heim’s statements are not considered as totally reliable.

Raber’s opinion is that the story of the wolf crossings was to make the dogs more desirable because of the wolfs popularity amongst fans rather than the fact that it was actually done.

There were hundreds of these wolf stories races that were talked of. The professional sentiment from people like Schafer and R. Wolf Burger, the president of the SC from 1933 to 1936 and from Stephanitz in 1902, was that these crossings were discouraged because the dogs from such matings in their view were not reliable.
It is considered unlikely then that these experiments may have had an influence on today’s German shepherd. As the offspring were also considered inadequate, so it is most likely that there was no impact on the breed. Even in the event that there was an impact on the breeding it is assumed that they would not have accepted the breed if it looked more like a wolf in appearance than the Alsatian.


The sheep dog as a breeding base for other dog breeds
The shepherd is the breed basis for several other breeds of dogs that are also authorizedby the FCI. The best known example of the Berger Blanc Suisse, the white shepherd, whose close relationship is obvious to the German Shepherd. 

Another breed resulted from matings of the shepherd with the wolves and the Czechoslovakian wolf dog and is called the Saarloos wolf dog. The aim of both breed types was to improve the German Shepherd, which is generally considered a failure, as these dogs are suitable only for very limited use as a working dog. 

There are three other wolf hybrid breeds, the dog Lupo Italiano, the Kunming Wolf-dog and the Timber Wolf-Shepherd. The Shepherd was the breeding base in all cases. However, they are still not recognized by the FCI. The shepherd was also not crossed by the FCI recognized breeds such as the Tamaskan.

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