The Dire Wolf Project's Future
Maya, an American Alsatian.
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.