Introducing the Lykos Wolfalike
The aim and purpose of the Lykos Wolfalike Council of Australia (previously Australian Lykos Development Project) is to create a friendly, family companion and highly trainable pet which physically resembles a wolf ("wolfalike"), while having the highest ethics in breeding. This breeding program is the first and only of its kind in Australia, and to our knowledge - the world - as our dogs have no wolf content. Our Australian bred Lykos Wolfalike dogs are a very impressive breed with significant success - even in it's early stages of development!
The Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources does not allow wolves, wolf hybrids or breeds with wolf content into Australia - with good reason. There are wolf-like dog breeders overseas advertising their dogs as having "no wolf content", but when investigated via DNA, it was found that these dogs were being falsely misrepresented, as they did contain wolf content. If animals with any wolf content are found in Australia, owners can face severe consequences and animals seized and euthanised.
Although all dogs descended from the wolf 10,000 years ago, the temperament of wolves or even wolf hybrids is not something that is desirable in a pet/domestic dog. They can have unpredictable temperaments and require a huge amount of work. The Lykos is bred as a family pet and companion dog, yet versatile enough to also be Assistance and Sporting Dogs.
Above: F1 dogs bred by breed founder and developer, Brooke Taylor of Lykosia.
"Lykosia Caesar" was featured in a recent Volkswagen ad. He was selected out of a vast group wolf look-a-like dogs from all over Australia!
There are Lykos dogs used for scent detection, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs and TV and commercial dogs. Our breed is smart, and versatile and well suited to being family pets. There are also dogs competing in bikejoring, tracking, lure coursing and sledding.
We are in this for the long haul and we are very passionate about creating magnificent looking dogs of wonderful health and temperament suitable for Australian families.
Over thousands of years, man has created hundreds of dog breeds for many different purposes. New breeds are still in development, even today. All breeds that exist are a direct result of man-made endeavours to create something new and different for a particular purpose - using pure breeds and crosses to develop their ideals. This is our unique breed we are developing, unlike any other in existence in Australia.
Our Code of Ethics is of the highest calibre. Our project does not advocate breeding for financial gain, hence the reasonable cost of puppies from our breeders. Our breeders also sell puppies with written health and lifetime genetic guarantees. Only excellent hip/elbow results acceptable for breeding. We also use the technology of DNA health testing to ensure no dog bred with carries any hidden genetic diseases.
The Lykos breeding program is closely managed by dedicated, knowledgeable and ethical breeders with vast experience in canine behaviour, breeding, health and genetics.