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The Dire Wolf Project : A Breed to Replica a Wolf Hybrid for a Companion Dog.

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The Dire Wolf Project was started in 1988 in order to bring back the look of the large prehistoric Dire Wolf in a domesticated dog breed. The National American Alsatian Breeder's Club governs the project and standardizes breeding practices for this

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Roxie H (350)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:16 am

Although the Dire Wolf Project has made great progress in the development of a healthy large breed companion dog, the Dire Wolf Project is not yet complete which means that we must continue on our quest. We would like to accomplish the following goals in the years ahead.

1. The Dire Wolf Project would like to continually enhance the health and longevity of the American Alsatian. We would like to attain an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years of age. Wild wolves in captivity regularly live to 20 years of age and the Dire Wolf Project strives for the same degree of longevity. In order to help attain this goal, the National American Alsatian Breeder's Association has established strict rules and regulations for breeding as well as created a way to unify all breeders in a comprehensive system. The National American Alsatian Breeder's Association has also created the American Alsatian Longevity Program in order to promote healthfulness and reward breeders who consistently produce puppies that live longer than the average lifespan of our breed.

Ch. Jojo, an American Alsatian, playing with a registered GSD.

2. The Dire Wolf Project's second goal is to continue to develop the first large breed of dog bred solely for companionship qualities. We have established a calmness unseen to the same degree in any other large breed of dog. However, A few puppies do continue to exhibit more energy than our norm, mostly seen in the Luna lines, so we will continue to work to bring in as much consistency as possible within the confines of the standards. Within the Don Juan and Pyrenees/Anatolian crossbred lines, some puppies exhibit a specific type of shyness which is seen only when being directly approached by a strange person or dog. We are now working on eliminating this specific fear until no puppies show this temperament trait. This specific unwanted temperament trait currently has an occurrence rate of 1 in every 5 puppies born through these lines.

3. The Dire Wolf Project would like to work closely with paleontologists to research the skeletal structure of our dogs and compare the American Alsatian bone and body structure to prehistoric Dire Wolf skeletons. This research will help us breed for a closer Dire Wolf structure with each passing generation. We believe that a breed of dog with the structure of the extinct Dire Wolf will be beneficial to scientists wanting to learn more about the Pleistocene Epoch and how the skeletal structure of Dire Wolf allowed it to move, hunt, and live.

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160th Dire Wolf Anniversary Celebration and Conference

In 2014, 160 years will have passed from the time that the first Dire Wolf fossil was found near the banks of the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana. The National American Alsatian Club is sponsoring a fun and informative weekend in Los Angeles, CA summer 2014 to celebrate. There will be lots of dog events and cutting edge scientific information regarding the Dire Wolf Project. Many American Alsatians will be present and all are welcome.

Preceding the festivities, a Dire Wolf conference is scheduled. The founder of the American Alsatian dog breed will be there to answer questions. Paleontologists studying the Dire Wolf are also encouraged to participate. If you are interested in presenting at the Dire Wolf Project Conference or participating in the celebration afterwards please contact the Dire Wolf Project.

Conference includes:
1. Elegant Dinner
2. The most current paleontological information on the Dire Wolf.
3. Future of the Dire Wolf Project

Terry V (30)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:42 pm

And Man Created Dog

Michael M (60)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:34 pm

To help care2 understand a little about breeding:

Breeding for a characteristic results in other changes in physiognomy, cognition, behaviors..

Many individuals result, and most of these are essentially thrown away, sometimes actively killed by breeders, especially by breeders for profit.

Now, to understanding of canids and especially the wolf:

The wolf is a social animal with intelligence, extremely strong communicative and evaluative skills, is neophilic in certain ways while being neophobic of many other stimuli (it loves, rather than fears certain novel experiences, such as new unoccupied terrain; while evolution in saturated populations - think pack territories adjoining - and under conditions of human persecution, many neophobic characteristics have been enhanced)

The wolf has a profound memory:
The iconic memory of the wolf is usually retained in domestics. It is immediate visual registry - only in the clear sensory memory of the wolf, it is far more easily and accurately turned into both short and log-term memory than appears the case with humans.
The echoic memory of auditory stimuli, is or can be our equal, although the wolf does not welldistinguish phonemes. It is clear that the wolf related vocalization to what we call affective association - emotional association, as the wolf is an extremely affective/emotional species, part of its being obligate social, needing to interact with its own kind.
The wolf's olfactory memory is certainly more associated with cognition and a conscious association than is our own. This is due to primates having severely diminished brain capacity allocated to smell, to some different and lesser cortical connection than has the wolf. It is also due to the wolf using chemical/molecular/ olfactory information to a greater extent than do primates. certain molecules can be sensed at one millionth of the saturation that humans require to register a smell; others as little as 40 times as good as humans. When a wolf or domestic dog smells something not of utility or interest, it does not direct further attention tothat stimulus - this is one of the extremely efficient evaluations canids make which utterly bypass the human. Part of their evaluative process undetectable to humans, (and therefore ignored in our own evaluation of their life, consciousness, and capabilities, with my emphasis to you: their conscious mental processing.
Yet the wolf is adaptable and does commonly learn both to ignore and to heighten native wariness in changing conditions.

That's just a basic intro to some differences for you

But I want to make a point:


If dogs are bred to look like wolves (molecular genetic methods of midification make this possible) then maladapted genes could be spread to wild populations, making those populations less fit - LESS INTELLIGENT and adapted to their life and position as highly evaluatively skilled predator.
These people would likely make a Frankensteins' Monster.

Dire Wolves are not that much larger than a healthy male arctic or northern wolf.





The wolf is a creature with its own integrity, and is not a slave to human egotism or utilitarianism.
The wolf is not a cute toy for those who wish to own one. It is a living being with its own purpose, one far beyond the understanding of almost all humans, apparently.

Thank you Roxy for bringing news of this gravely evil intent to miscegenate to our attention!


Roxie H (350)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:33 am
i know right, ugh

Lois S. (0)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:20 am
Michael M. what in the world are you talking about? Do you just open your mouth (type) things without any thought behind it or any research? Who ever said any one was going to breed any wolf content or any Dire Wolf into any breed of dogs, or that anyone was going to replicate the dire wolf in its entirety?

Lois S. (0)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:22 am
And Roxy H. "i know right, ugh" you too? or do you just agree with anyone ? like Micheal you also have no idea what he said, let alone looked anything up on your own. how pathetic...

Roxie H (350)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:29 am
Lois, my troll.. how long before your comments just disappear? again I will copy and paste these and share them on The Wolf Army Board for the 100,000 members to laugh at! :D you always brighten the Global members days! Thanks!

Roxie H (350)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:32 am
missed you, where you been? had a fever? Mosquito bit you in the ass? aww need a Band-Aid? poor thing, here is a pity hug ((( hug)))

Roxie H (350)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:35 am
We enjoy making fun of how really smart you seem to think you are! enjoy your self, you shine on, your the QUEEN today! go see!
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