Blue Bay Shepherds, is fascinating as it sounds
Florida is fascinating for many reasons, but let's add one more things fascinating about Florida shall we?
On the east coast on Florida in Palm Bay, there is a large farm, where this new breed, which is a combination of a long line of mix wolf dog, its still in development. The breed has the best of the best, part of it's believed to be a combination of different breeds and German Shepherd.
Some history on this new breed
According to the founder of the breed in Florida Vicky Spencer, some of the foundation dogs are European German Shepherds, with bloodlines from Holland and Germany. This particular bloodline has a blue like color, very hard to find in what we know as the pure-bred German Shepherd, which makes this new breed unique.
The first litter came to life back in 2011, after a long 20 years in the process. Vicky was able to combine traits of their wolf ancestry, thus stating that finding the perfect dog wasn't easy. The wolf dog had the "blue" look she wanted, so she tried breeding wolf dogs first.
The intent behind the pairing and creating this breed, was to obtain more affectionate, loyal, and gentle dogs. Therefore, would be a perfect family dog, willing and with very loyal nature. In general, Vicky had a clear idea and a list of things that she specifically wanted on this breed of dogs.
The most important achievement she wanted to accomplish was to eliminate the health traits of propensity with German Shepherd dogs: such as hip dysplasia, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), among others. Additionally, some physical common traits of the German Shepherd dogs such as large ears, dark eyes, hyperactivity, and in some; aggression.
The parents for the first litter, were specifically selected by Vicky, thus the wolf- to dog mix goes back to five generations, and the litters in development will not have any pure wolf traits. Vicky adds that eight different breeds were combined in the still development of the Blue Bay Shepherds, including Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Husky. She claims she is very close to what the Blue Bay Shepherd should be, so she hopes to be on target with that intended standard.
You will be surprised to really see a deep blue color in the fur, when the sun shines on the fur coat, its absolutely stunning! Also, genetically, not all Blue Bay have blue eyes. Some can inherit brown eyes, from any dominant gene, which could be from the combination of the German Shepherd. Physically, they have a wolf-like appearance, people often say that they do look like a wolf, although earlier litters from previous years of these breed, contained 30% wolf DNA. Aside from the wolf resemblance, some Blue Bay have tufts on the sides of their heads, that could come from Siberian Husky DNA, and a black spot on their tongue. They are also, agile, very intelligent, analytical, and very easy to train.
In addition to their beauty, these dogs are special for how calm and easy going they are. They are also incredibly sweet, and affectionate. The stable and gentle temperament they present is thanks to Vicky, and her focus in creating a temperament- focus breeding standard, which makes them non aggressive, friendly, playful, sometimes shy, but great around other people and other dogs.
Because, they have German Shepherd DNA, Blue Bays can be a bit energetic. It is always recommended a lot of walks and exercise for these dogs, and plenty of play time. They are very agile and can do a nice jump, if you play frisbee. They love games when treats are included, for their brain stimulation.
Rarity and Cost
It is said that there are people claiming to have Blue Bay Shepherds for sale, or that they own a Blue Bay. There is only one breeder currently developing this breed, which is the founder Vicky Spencer in Florida. All Blue Bay Shepherds are registered with a certificate, a number and its hand signed by Vicky herself. If people are purchasing or acquiring a "Blue Bay Shepherd" puppy, chances are is not a genuine Blue Bay, and it's a mixed breed. Without the registered certificate from the breeder, the puppy you may have it's not a true Blue Bay.
With the above mentioned, Vicky's ranch in Palm Bay is the only recognized and approved breeding ground. Only one person is overseeing and its responsible for the breed. The puppies produced each year are low, and this is why these dogs are very rare to find. Vicky has website, with information, pictures on the dogs, and dates for each authentic litter directly from her, if you go to the section: Upcoming litters
I cordially invite you to explore and learn more about Vicky herself and these amazing dogs, you can always reach out to her, as there is a number to contact her and a email. Visit www.bluebayshepherds.weebly.org
Fully Recognized Breed?
Since the breed is still in development, the breed is not yet recognized. Most people don't know what a Blue Bay Shepherd is. If you try and do a search on akc.org (American Kennel Club), you won't find anything. There is of course information online, like the ones I'm providing here, plus Vicky's website, which I provided above.
I have read somewhere online that for a dog breed to be recognize and active, there is a long and extended process. Some requirements are:
- The dogs must have their puppies look identical, constantly with every litter.
- A national breed club must be established
- A formal request, history and information of the breed must be submitted to AKC. Which is probably in the works and in progress for approval.
- The breed has to be involved in clubs, public shows, seminars, judges workshops, etc. Currently there is no information that Blue Bay Shepherd dogs have participated in public dog shows.
In conclusion, The Blue Bays have been in development for 20 years, and is still a work in progress. My hope is to soon see more information on this dog and the breed to be everywhere. I honestly think, Vicky is making a lot of progress. Keep it up Vicky!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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