|Barked: Tue Aug 21, '12 2:20pm PST |
|The Mal and GSD cross was almost 30 years ago now, IIRC. I haven't kept up too closely but I think the most recent outcross line was started with a GSD, that's the first time since the original cross that any GSD blood has been introduced. Samson is from the previous one outcross line.
Every four years or so a new outcross line gets started, and once that has been..."honed," for lack of a better word, that gets merged with the foundation line.
They consistently beget themselves in temperament, health, and conformation. To my knowledge that is the "bare essentials" of what makes a breed, not whether or not some arbitrary organization chooses to recognize it or not as being such (I don't have a very favorable opinion of the AKC or any major kennel club, if you couldn't tell). And we do plan to stay very far away from the AKC, if they ever show any interest years from now, should the breed grow and become larger than it is.
I'm not aware of the UKC or any other major kennel organization having added them. Right now we just have our own breed-specific registry to keep track of lineage.
Samson has some issues with shyness which I knew about before I purchased him (some of this, however, is medically & environmentally induced, not just genetically induced - long story). Anyway, he is only an F3 from an outcross line, and while he is close to standard there are certainly some deviations; temperament being one of them. Other pups in his litter, from what I know of them, were all closer to breed standard in this manner. Apart from that he's also slightly more stubborn/independent than what they call for, which was a trait common to Samson's litter, and litters close to it.
You can check out my profile for pictures.
This isn't a designer breed where they just cross two pure breeds over and over again to get a ton of F1 crosses, and then claim it's a breed (like a "cock-a-poo" for instance). Right now there are only two breeders. One in Oregon, and a newer one in Colorado.
Feel free to PM me with questions or for more info. These threads have gotten stupidly heated in the past so this is really all I'm willing to say in the public arena.
Edited by author Tue Aug 21, '12 2:23pm PST
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