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Last Updated on September 15, 2021 by Jackie Castle
The Lycan Shepherd is a hybrid dog you have probably never seen. This is because they are a completely new breed. Well, they are actually still being developed.
This stunning breed is a mix between Blue Bay Shepherds, working-line German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois. And, breeders are working on this mix for a specific reason.
They want to create a dog with superior intelligence, a dog that looks like a wolf, and a dog with a dependable disposition. One thing is for sure with the Lycan Shepherd, they will get a lot of attention!
Lycan Shepherd – What you should know
As already mentioned the Lycan Shepherd is still in its early stages of development. This means we don’t have a lot of information about them, and what we do know is based on the parent breeds traits. Right now this mix has still unpredictable characteristics. Meaning they can have any combination of traits their parent breeds have.
The Lycan Shep was first introduced in 2017. That’s when a Youtube channel posted a video of a 4-week-old first-generation Lycan puppy.
To be honest, the video doesn’t show much, but it was enough for the video to go viral and the world to fall in love with them.
The person who is behind this mix is a former animal warden. He wanted to create a dog that is smarter and healthier than any other dog!
Why develop a new breed?
The creator calls this process of developing a completely new breed the “Lycan Shepherd Project”. And as already mentioned his goal is to create a superior dog.
By now we haven’t seen the full potential of the Lycan Shep. The breed hasn’t been perfected yet. But the main goals with this Shepherd dog were:
- to have an athletic body. a strong physique
- be loyal and protective of their family, guarding and defensive
- to be highly intelligent, to have that problem-solving ability of a wolf.
Basically, he wants to make a dog that is easy to train, but with a good temperament and looks like a wolf. Of course, he also wants this dog to have a great personality and don’t have many health issues.
This is also the reason why he is using three dog breeds, and not just two like breeders usually do.
How will they look?
So, how is this new breed supposed to look like? We don’t know. There is no standard, and so far every generation has looked differently.
For example, the first generation of the Lycan Shepherd had soft brown fur with a black hue to it. the second-generation puppy had a very thick and dense coat that was completely black. Another puppy from the second generation has a blue coat. The third-generation puppy has a brown-greyish coat.
We don’t even know which color their eyes will be. The possible colors are blue, brown, black, or silver-grey. The possibilities are endless!
The Lyca Shepherd can be between 20 and 35 inches tall and have an average weight of 40 to 80 pounds. And this is as far as we know. Even though we don’t know how tall or heavy they’ll exactly be, we do know for sure that they will be large dogs! They will be giants.
What will they be like?
The Lycan Shepherd will be a large, strong, intimidating dog. So, does that mean they will be aggressive too? Not at all! According to the breeder, these dogs will be far from that, so far he has recorded the following traits:
- not aggressive
But, because they are still a work in progress some of these traits might change.
Another great trait the breeder has noticed in this breed is that they are easy to train and that they have a lot of energy. This means they need around 90 minutes to two hours of exercise daily. They love any kind of physical activity, hikes, long runs or walks, play sessions, games of fetch, or Frisbee. You name it! As long as they get to be active, they’ll enjoy everything.
But, it’s also very important to train them from early on. So, training and early socialization are a must for the Lycan Shepherd.
PRO TIP: If you want them to trust you, never punish them! Instead, use positive reinforcement when training your Lycan Shep.
Where to buy one
The Lycan Shepherd isn’t recognized by the AKC or any other kennel club. But this is completely normal. It’s a new breed and it usually takes up to 40 years for a dog to get recognized as a purebred.
But, that shouldn’t stop you from getting one! Now, you’ll read online that a Lycan Shepherd puppy costs between 3000 and 5000 dollars. While this is a lot, but we’re talking about a very rare dog.
Also, keep in mind that these are the first generations of the Lycan that are being sold. Usually, the first few generations aren’t available for purchase. According to the breeder, he will start selling soon. He even informs potential buyers through his videos when and how they can buy a puppy.
We have to warn you though. There are many scammers out there that will sell you another crossbreed saying it’s the Lycan Shepherd.
Are they good pets?
Judging by what we’ve seen and read about this breed we can say they make amazing pets! If you know how to treat them.
These dogs are very active and intelligent. So they are perfect for active families. Families that will have a lot of time to train them and take care of them.
They are not really suited for first-time dog owners. This breed will be too much for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with dogs and dog training. The Lycan Shepherd needs someone who is experienced and knows what they are doing.
So, they might not be the perfect pet for busy people, or people that have small kids. Just because they wouldn’t have enough time to take care of all the needs the Lycan Shepherd has.
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