Dogs have been faithful to man throughout the decades. They seem to understand everything about humans and we seem to align well with their spirits. Dog fanciers have different tastes and preferences about the canine companion they should have. Because of this several hybrids of dogs have been created from the first set of domestic dogs that roamed the earth. Hybrids have formed other hybrids too. A fair share of the personalities and appearance of the parents are usually seen in these hybrids.The Blue Bay Shepherd is one of these hybrids.
Blue bays are wolf-like dogs created by Vicki Spencer. They are a combination of German Shepherds and Wolf dogs. Although the Blue Bay Shepherd breed is still in the development stage, in this article we will ensure you get to know everything you need to know about this rare breed of canines.
History Of The Blue Bay Shepherd
A popular maxim says it is better to hear information from the horse’s mouth. So we are going to give you the history of the Blue Bays written by the breeder herself.
” The Blue Bay Shepherd is a new breed in progress that I have been working on for over 20 years. The first litter was finally produced in March 2011. Some of the foundation animals are from European German shepherds imported from a top breeder in France with bloodline from Germany and Holland and well they are a color known as blue and very hard to find the shepherd. It has been my dream for many years to develop a dog that would have the willingness to please the loyal nature and trainability of a well-bred German shepherd with extremely good health, loving nature, and awesome beauty of the wolf ancestry (and) that has proved to be very difficult and at times a seemingly impossible thing to accomplish, because finding just the right dog has not been easy. I always knew the German shepherd had most of what I wanted. While I love the look of the old-style German shepherd like the Rin Tin Tin of the 1950’s series, it had been impossible for me to find that look. When I ran across the blue color in the wolf-dog I knew then that was what I needed to produce the look I wanted. A “Blue” German shepherd would solve my problem with the dark eyes, the deep blue-coated animals always seem to have lighter eyes so when and if I was able to find one I would only have to work on bringing the ear size back down to proportion to the head. However, the blue German shepherd also proved extremely hard to find. I had one back in the ’70s so I knew the blue existed. I just could not seem to find ( the right ones. The ones I found ) were not solids, they developed a very distinct saddle and completely lost the color of a blue by a year old.
Searching For The Right Look
After a while, I pretty much gave up ( on ) finding a blue German shepherd and just went on breeding my blue-colored wolf dogs. I’m sure everyone knows how it goes when you quit trying so hard, sometimes things just happen. One day I received an email. I clicked on their site and there they were the most beautiful Blue German shepherds I have ever seen. The problem was finding a way I could cross the shepherd with dogs of more recent wolf heritage and not produce the traits. That I personally found to be unappealing with some of today’s German shepherds, specifically the very dark eyes and large ears. At the same time, there was something about a lot of wolf-type dogs that I did not like either and that is their shy and sometimes timid nature toward humans…Crossing a dog with traceable wolf heritage back to a shepherd is not by any means something new that has not been done many times before. Today they are some wonderful breeds that have been created from this cross. However, it seemed like the German shepherd had dominated the looks of almost every cross I had previously seen as many people know the German shepherd has traceable wolf heritage and in some of the old study books the wolf was originally used in the development of the breed as we know it today.
The Perfect Foundation GSDS:
Within a year I got 2 pups a male and a female….I must say I was extremely surprised to find everything I was looking for in those two pups. I consider myself very fortunate to fund such a dedicated breeder, without them I would never have been able to get started on this new breed. These 2 pups not only had the color, but their ears also were not oversized and their temperament was everything I could have hoped for. They both had very soft temperaments and sweet personalities, more like that of a Collie or Golden retriever, great for a family pet. So my concern about the possibility of having the aggressive temperament that some GSDS ( German shepherd dogs) have was no longer a concern. Jordan and Passion ( The names of the puppies ) absolutely love everyone they meet. This type of temperament is great because my vision for the Blue Bay Shepherd was to create just a really good companion and family pet that would be safe with all people.
Since all wolf dogs I have had over the past 30 years have always displayed nothing but a sweet nature and have never shown any protective or aggressive tendencies, I did not want to add that with the German shepherd.
Developing The Breed;
So I have this year the first foundation litter of what I intend to develop as the Blue Bay Shepherd, just a good pet and true companion dog with “out of this world” beauty. They will not carry the stigma of the name “Wolf dog” or “Wolf hybrid” since one of the parents is a full German shepherd and the other parent is 5 generations away from any pure wolf in their line. This makes the first Blue Bay F-6. Within the next year or two, I will be breeding Blue Bay to Blue Bay. I have been very selective about the animals I choose, for this first breeding I have used animals that I have bred for quite some time specifically for looks and temperament and I know their background well. I have already chosen the other lines that I will be introducing to the further development of the breed. Although I can say I have come closer to exactly what I want, the Blue Bay to be in these first pups than I ever imagined it would. There will be no wolves added in the development of this breed. I will be creating a standard for what all Blue Bays should ideally be. I hope to be on target with that standard by keeping in touch with all the new owners as their pup grows. This way I will know if they are turning out as planned and can work on continually improving the breed as it develops with the help of other dedicated people and the daily blessings of God”. Vicki Spencer Breeder and Developer.
Are Blue Bay Shepherds Rare?
Yes, Blue Bay Shepherds are a rare species of dogs. This is because they are only bred by a few breeders led by Vicki Spencer.
However, there are other breeders who are on the internet displaying their dogs as Blue Bay Shepherds. Every true Blue Bay Shepherd must be registered, given a number for identity, and own a certificate personally signed by Vicki Spencer.
How Much Does An American Blue Bay Shepherd Cost?
Being a rare breed, Blue Bay Shepherds are a bit expensive. Also, the wait list may be up to 2 years as there are very few breeders. American Blue Bay Shepherds can cost from about $2000 to $3000.
You should also be very careful when getting a Blue Bay Shepherd as several breeders are parading themselves as Vicki Spencer and may put up a price tag much lower than the original.
Before you buy, also remember to check out your country’s and state’s law about wolf dogs as some regions prohibit the ownership of wolf dogs.
Lifespan Blue Bay Shepherd
It is not possible to know the lifespan of this breed of canines yet as the first puppy was born in 2011. However, we can make a confident guess that these dogs would have an average lifespan of above 10 years.
Characteristics Of The Blue Bay Shepherd
Eyes: The blue Bay’s eyes are usually amber colored with green tints for some.
Coat Colors: Contrary to the popular opinion that Blue Bay’s are usually blue, there are speculations that other coat colors may be possible in the future ( thanks to the different coat colors that the breed of their parents have ). Other colors that may come up in the nearest future
Black and Tan
Blue and Tan
Beige and Cream
Height: The height of the blue bay is not constant but its average height should be about 30 inches
Weight: Blue Bay Shepherds weigh a bit bigger than average dogs. Their weight varies and depends majorly on the gender of the dog. Males weigh from 85 – 105 pounds but can weigh about 130 pounds at times. While females weigh between 70 – 85 pounds but can weigh up to 100 pounds. They are a very large dog breed and are often compared with the Alaskan malamute in terms of size.
Nose: The noses of these big canines are usually Blue or Black.
It is important to note that even though Blue Bays have more resemblance to wolf dogs in terms of appearance, they still have a lot of the German shepherd dog’s features.
Temperament: One feature you would love about these canines is their temperaments. They are not aggressive or very timid ( A very great balance for pet dogs ).
American Blue Bays are very friendly, social, active, and wonderful pets. In Fact, there have not been any reported cases about a Blue Bay possessing strong prey drives or not getting along with other pets or even livestock.
Blue Bays also do not like being left alone for too long, they may get bored and become very destructive. Contrary to the belief that large dogs are always aggressive, Blue Bays can be very calm but also not timid ( They would not be too soft if they are triggered ).
American Blue Bay Shepherds are also very intelligent and very attentive. They can also be protective if the need arises and are really good at exercise.
Are Blue Bay Shepherds registered by the AKC
Not yet. There are a number of tests and criteria a breed will have to meet to be registered. Some of them are :
1 . The Breed must have a fancier association or club that is known throughout the nation.
- Must have competed for about 1-3 years in the miscellaneous class
- The breed must have produced puppies that resemble them very well for generations
- The breed’s club must have over 100 members
- The breed must have about 300-400 third-generation dogs within about 20 states
- The breed’s club must organize shows, workshops, seminars, etc from time to time for the breed.
- An official request, breed history, and breed standard must be sent to the AKC
- There must be an official observation by an AKC official
The Blue Bays have not completed all these criteria yet but hopefully, in the nearest future the determination and dedication of the breeder would reward her with AKC recognition.
Care Of The Blue Bay Shepherd
Yeah, you guessed right! As big dogs, blue bay requires more food than an average dog. For example,a blue bay dog may eat more than 5 cups of dog food daily.
You must know that this dog requires a high quality and well-balanced diet. Cheap dog foods would not be okay for this breed as they have pretty sensitive stomachs. For example foods with high grain content may lead to problems in your dog’s system like an upset stomach.
The training of these canines is just slightly more challenging than that of the German shepherd dogs because of their wolf ancestry. The best way to train Blue Bays is using the positive training technique. Despite their GSD ancestry, this dog may not make good guard dogs ( So if you want to get dogs for guarding purposes you should look elsewhere).
Blue bays take up to three years to reach maturity. During this time they have been reported to be a little destructive and hard to control. In this period consistency and patience is key.
It is essential that blue bays socialize from when they are puppies. This would reduce prey drive and give them manners. Blue Bays can also live with other pets as long as they were raised together.
Blue Bay Shepherd is more of a companion than a working dog. So indoor interactions would be perfect. However they are not lazy dogs, Blue Bay Shepherds can go on a 4-mile hike conveniently. They can also engage in sports like swimming, fetching, and games like flyball.
It is essential you have a large fenced area large enough for your blue bay to walk and play.
The Blue Bay Shepherd sheds twice a year. Apart from that, it would require brushing just thrice a week. It is also essential you get a claw trimmer for your dog’s claws.
The ears and teeth of the blue bay should be cleaned regularly to avoid several health problems.
Blue Bay Shepherd Health Condition
Like other canines, there are also some health conditions associated with blue bays.
- Hip or Elbow Dysplasia:
This is a health condition that is popular in large breeds of dogs. It affects their joints and causes discomfort. This health condition may also result in arthritis after some time.
Blue Bay Shepherds also suffer from some allergies. You must contact your vet if you notice any allergy problems.
- Gastric dilatation-volutus:
This health condition is popularly called bloat. It is caused by serious exercise immediately after eating or eating too much quickly. Bloating can stop blood from flowing in your dog’s system.
The Blue Bay Shepherd is a joy to train and have. With a rich ancestry, Blue Bay Shepherds give pet lovers a chance to experience wolf dogs and German shepherd dogs in one dog. We hope this article will be helpful. Cheers!