DireWolf Dog Crossbreeds
The American Alsatian crossbreeding program is a permanent project developed by the founder, Lois Schwarz, in order to sustain genetic diversity and improve quality in health and longevity that eventually leads American Alsatian crossbred lines to breed true to type and be entered into strongbred™ status by the National American Alsatian Registry.
Crossbred dogs are are a completely different breed(s) and are not in any way related to the American Alsatian lines. They typically have a known pedigree as well as have parents with known positive health certifications. Each crossbred dog has been specially selected for very specific reasons and the crossbred line is kept separate from all main American Alsatian lines until it has been bred for several generations to determine its positive influence toward the current goals and needs of the American Alsatian breed. We believe that regular and systematically regulated crossbreeding is necessary in all strongbred dog breeds in order to keep them physically healthy, maintain elevated longevity and genetic diversity. We usually introduce one crossbreed into the lines at a time, but occasionally, you may see more than one if the breed is particularly in need. Crossbred dogs bring a much higher degree of genetically inherited variety in health, temperament and conformation. For the first two or three generations, the puppies will likely NOT conform to our American Alsatian standards in temperament. For this reason, we specifically look for families who can fit with the altered temperaments within the crossbred lines. If your family does not fit with the temperament of a crossbred dog, we will let you know our feelings on this. The choice will ultimately be yours, however, so please pay special attention to the temperament assessments with any puppies from any crossbred line.
Only one breeder at any given time is selected to perform the crossbreeding program. This breeder must be voted on by our governing board and approved by its members. Each potential cross is thoroughly examined in health, temperament and sound body structure before being allowed to enter into this program. The potential cross dog's pedigree is examined and whenever possible, the parents are personally examined as well. Dog breeds which enhance the health, temperament, and look of the heavy Dire Wolf can be included. Preferably, only one cross is performed at a time and the crossbred lines are kept separate from the pure lines until such a time as they are recognized as pure by the National American Alsatian Registry. However, more than one crossbred line is allowed if the breed requires it, as determined by the governing board and approved by its members.
In order to be included in our crossbreeding program, the cross breed must meet the following criteria:
- It must have a four generation traceable pedigree with no known hereditary health, temperament or body structure faults.
- It is encouraged to use a 50/50 cross between two purebred dog breeds.
- It must possess qualities that will enhance the look of our breed toward the large Dire Wolf.
- It is preferrable to receive the crossbred as a puppy and monitor it as it grows into adulthood so that it can be constantly assessed for any health and/or temperament issues.
If you have any questions, please contact us and let us know. We are here to help you find the best next companion for your needs.