For those of you interested, this is what 2nd generation Lundehund cross puppies look like! Both litters are ¼ Buhund, and so far they look very promising, with the 2nd puppies only being slightly larger and thicker coated than your average Lundis puppies.

The project is carried out by the Norwegian Lundehund Club, in cooperation with the NKK.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I noticed that you seemed pretty knowledgeable about beaucerons and I had a question. I myself own one, but something I've never known much about are his double dew claws. Do you know how they came to be/why beaucerons have them?

hi there! dewclaws act as a sort of thumb for the dog’s paws, and allow them to have better traction, mobility, and control of what their feet are doing when they’re running around! a number of breeds actually do have double dews (or may have them, as i dont think it happens with every dog in certain breeds), including great pyrenees, anatolian shepherd, lundehund, and others, many of which are lgds.

double dews, and dews in general, are very helpful and important for working dogs, and thats simply because of their necessity to be mobile for what they are doing (such as working sheep or having to climb rocky terrain). the reason some breeds have double dewclaws and that most if not all of those breeds are working is no coincidence im sure; one thumb is useful, but think about how useful two would be!

the signs as obscure dog breeds
  • Aries: Akbash
  • Taurus: Belgian Shepherd
  • Gemini: Hovawart
  • Cancer: Slovensky Cuvac
  • Leo: New Guinea Singing Dog
  • Virgo: Lundehund
  • Libra: Shiloh Shepherd
  • Scorpio: Saarloos Wolfdog
  • Sagittarius: Chinook
  • Capricorn: Catahoula Leopard Dog
  • Aquarius: Carolina Dog
  • Pisces: Czechoslovakian Vlcak

anonymous asked:

PRO CROSSBREEDING! I know it's not popular, but I actually like lots of the designer dogs because of the appearance and temperamental combinations and balances. :D

I think it’s actually inaccurate to say crossbreeding is unpopular. If you do any work in the pet care industry, you see crosses all the time because they’re quite popular with pet owners. It’s just in the mainstream “responsible” dog breeding community that they’re unpopular and even taboo, since breeding only registered purebreds is widely considered one of the basic tenets of “responsible” breeding. Unfortunately, the closed registry system of breeding is responsible for many of the health defects in dog breeds and from a population genetics standpoint is an unsustainable breeding model in the long term. Ultimately, when you’re faced with a breed that’s become fixed for a genetic defect (or several), the only way to breed out that defect is by crossbreeding, something that a closed registry system forbids.

Fortunately, some European kennel clubs are beginning to realize this and implement means of incorporating crossbred dogs back into “purebred” pedigrees, and several breeds like the Norwegian Lundehund, Irish Red and White Setter, and Otterhound now have crossbreeding programs that are officially endorsed by their respective breed clubs. Per usual, the American registries and clubs are running behind. :P