DireWolf Dog - Nellie
Nellie Bly (Gemma)
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Nellie was born on November 5, 2011. She is a first generation crossbred American Alsatian and not a purebred American Alsatian. Her father was a registered black and tan East German, German Shepherd Dog (GSD) from working lines and her mother is Nadine.
Why do we have Nellie? What purpose is there to breeding this cross into the lines?
Nellie Bly is a first generation German Shepherd Dog (GSD)/American Alsatian cross and is not a purebred American Alsatian. Because she is not a purebred American Alsatian, many people may wonder why she is being bred into the lines. First of all, the American Alsatian is such a rare breed of dog that there are only around 10 breeding females and 3 breeding males available at this time. The lack of purebreds available for breeding severely limits our gene pool and can potentially create a bottleneck effect within the American Alsatian that would potentially result in inbreeding co-efficiencies much greater than is healthy for the breed. Occasional crossbreeding is an absolute necessity for this reason alone.
However, the other reason that crossbreeding appears within the breed from time to time is because the American Alsatian is not completely where it will ultimately end up in conformation. Therefore, our breed needs certain traits from specific crosses that will advance the breed further toward its standards. In this case, breeding to a GSD of working lines from Germany gives us several advantages that we previously did not have (or minimally have) available in our lines. (It also adds several traits that we do not want and will be systematically working to eliminate over the next few generations) Let me describe them below:
Benefits of a working GSD:
1. Temperament is outgoing and confident, which enhances our own breed's confidence.
2. Intelligence allows for continued ease of training, which we can keep intact within our breed.
3. The proportion of the working GSD conformation is closer to the American Alsatian than the show type.
4. Consistently erect ears.
5. Chest is deep and there is no real tuck up of the belly.
6. Eyes are more slanted than a show type GSD.
7. Dark points, such as pads of feet, nose and skin pigmentation are consistent within the GSD.
8. Working GSDs have less health issues overall, especially in the hips and elbows.
Traits coming from the GSD that we will breed out over time:
2. much higher activity level
3. long tail
4. taller ears
5. smaller bone size overall, including skull
6. smaller height and weight
Note: Nellie's line will be kept separate from the purebred American Alsatian lines until we are certain that no health issues exist and the temperament within this line conforms to our American Alsatian standard. Only then will we consider integrating this new line into the breed's overall lineage. This usually takes 3 - 5 generations.
Video of Nellie at 9 months old
4 months old
Dam: Nadine, Sire: Registered German Shepherd Dog (pictured below)