Category: Dogs

I’m often asked to explain my personal breeding project. Sometimes it’s people who are against crossing dog breeds asking, and other times it’s people who are open minded and interested in what I’m doing.

Recently there has been some misinformation floating around the interwebz about it, so I figured it was time to write down what I’m working to create. This blog post will act as a temporary place to share my thoughts on my program until I have completed my website.

About me

My name is Brad Anderson, I am a dog lover and breeder. I have worked with many different breeds, but the breeds I have focused the most attention on is the Kai Ken (Yamabushi Kennel), Kishu Ken (Hakuzan Kennel), Central Asian Ovcharka, Caucasian Ovcharka, and the West Siberian Laika. My efforts in these breeds has always been focused on increasing diversity in the North American populations via introgression with dogs from their country of origin.

About The Project

First, I want to be clear about something – I’m not working to create a new dog breed. I never plan to give a name to this cross or work to get it registered in any type of club. This project is a personal project – I’m working to create the type of dog I want.

Also, I am not trying to “fix” things I don’t like in other dog breeds. I am not trying to improve on any of the dog breeds I use in the cross. That’s not the point of this project.

What I’m working to create is a weather tolerant spitz-type backcountry companion, with natural predator aggression, that’s biddable and easy to hike off-leash, quiet, and clean. Size is not very important to me, however I would like the dog to be large enough to pack, but small enough to be carried out of the backcountry if injured. It’s my goal to minimize dog aggression and reactivity, and breed for solid nerves and health.

I want this cross to be efficient (not requiring large amounts of food or water) and able to spend weeks in the bush with their companion without the need for much gear – comfortable in hot and cold, rain or snow.

While some of the pups produced will likely make good hunting dogs, I am not actually trying to create a hunting dog cross.

Background

I’ve owned and loved many dogs of many breeds, some of which, on paper, one would think would fulfill the role I am looking to fill with this cross. However, in my experience that is not the case. Dog aggression, quarrelsome behavior, weak nerves (fearful behavior) and hypervigilance, poor health, no “off” switch, and obsessive barking are just a few of the things I have seen in dog breeds I’ve owned in hopes of fulfilling this role. Sure, one could find a dog that could fill this role, but I would like to be able to produce dogs where the majority consistently fit this role.

Dog aggression is a particularly difficult thing to deal with in a dog meant to be a backcountry companion and/or a hunting dog. Hiking along a trail, or even off trail, there’s always a chance you’ll run into a fellow hiker/camper/hunter with a dog. Often this happens when you are least expecting it and not prepared for the encounter. Having a companion dog who acts indifferent toward the random dogs you run into is a huge advantage.

The Cross

People in dogdom tend to obsess over what breed is used in a cross. I’m not one of those people. The dogs I have selected to be used in my project have less to do with their breed and more to do with the individual dog. If I have a dog that I feel will add some traits I am looking for, without compromising other traits, then I will use it in my program – breed doesn’t matter that much to me.

With that said, because I know people still want to know the breeds used in the cross, here is a list of the breedings I have done so far. Please keep in mind I am in the very early stages of creating the foundation for my project so all the crosses so far have been using Smokey as a base for the foundation. I’m looking forward to reaching the point where I can start crossing my foundation dogs while adding some new dogs to the cross. My hope is to keep a COI of below 5% – so I will be working to minimize inbreeding.

Breeding 1: Juko (KBD) x Smokey
DOB: 05.13.2018
Embark example: http://embk.me/flash30

Breeding 2: Kaiju (Shikoku Ken) x Smokey
DOB: 01.23.2019
Embark example: http://embk.me/aurora92

Breeding 3: Ike (WSL) x Smokey
DOB: 10.25.2019
Embark example: http://embk.me/sothis

Tentative future litters…
Riki (Yushoku Kishu Ken) x Smokey
Flash (Juko x Smokey) x Vega (Dogo x Kangal x Dane x Tosa)
Picasso (Ibizan Hound) x Aurora (Kaiju x Smokey)

Gallery

Backcountry Companion

In the fourth episode of the Beyond the Breed podcast we’ll be discussing the reality of owning a guard dog.

#BeyondTheBreed #BeyondTheBreedPodcast

Tagged with: ,

In the third episode of the Beyond the Breed podcast we’ll be discussing the Nihon Ken (the native Japanese dogs).

This is a high-level overview of the the Nihon Ken, the breeds today, and the history behind them.

Check out Shigeru Kato at http://japandogexport.com/

Clubs mentioned in the video:
http://www.kishuclub.com/
http://kaisociety.org/ (AKC)
https://kaiclub.org/
https://hokkaidoken.org/
http://shikokuclub.com/

#BeyondTheBreed #BeyondTheBreedPodcast #NihonKen

Tagged with: , ,

Beyond the Breed with Brad Anderson – Episode 4: The Guard Dog Paradox

In the fourth episode of the Beyond the Breed podcast we’ll be discussing the reality of owning a guard dog.

Check me out at http://bit.ly/2ITcIzm

Beyond the Breed with Brad Anderson – Episode 3: Nihon Ken

In the third episode of the Beyond the Breed podcast we’ll be discussing the Nihon Ken (the native Japanese dogs). This is a high-level overview of the the Nihon Ken, the breeds today, and the history behind them.

Check me out at http://bit.ly/2ITcIzm

Check out Shigeru Kato at http://bit.ly/2NFEWyM

Clubs mentioned in the video:
http://bit.ly/36TH7GN
http://bit.ly/2X7VF0S (AKC)
http://bit.ly/2NGHmx4
http://bit.ly/33U7IkQ
http://bit.ly/2Qd4i8Z

#BeyondTheBreed #BeyondTheBreedPodcast #NihonKen

Tagged with: , ,

Beyond the Breed with Brad Anderson – Episode 2: Population Genetics

In the second episode of Beyond the Breed podcast we’ll be exploring the role population genetics plays in dog breeds.

Check me out at http://bit.ly/2ITcIzm

#BeyondTheBreed #BeyondTheBreedPodcast

Tagged with: ,

This is the first episode of the Beyond the Breed podcast. It’s an introduction to the podcast and some background on who I am. It’s rough around the edges, but I think it works.

Check me out at http://bit.ly/2ITcIzm

PS: Sorry for the sound issues, my phone was feedbacking with my mic.

Reminder – I have uploaded most of the Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS) newsletters here:


EXCERPT
Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS) Newsletters

http://bradanderson.org/pads/

[ VIEW LINK ]

Extremely Rare Ancient Wild Dogs Rediscovered in the Wild

The rarest and most ancient dog species, once presumed ‘extinct’, was captured on camera traps in a remote mountainous region in New Guinea. Scattered reports and unconfirmed photographs of the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog had left scientists mulling over the species’ continued existence for y… READ MORE >>

This is a video of Smokey, Ike, and Flash.

Smokey: Malamute (7/16) / Irish Wolfhound (3/8) / North American Wolf (3/16)

Ike: WSL

Flash: 50% KBD, 21.87% Alaskan Malamute, 18.75% Irish Wolfhound, 9.38% Gray Wolf