Introducing the Lykos
The aim and purpose of the Australian Lykos Development Project is to re-create a companion working dog which physically resembles a wolf, while having the highest ethics in breeding. Dogs must be DNA and health tested and specifically selected for sound temperament and desirable traits.
Tthe Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources does not allow wolves, wolf hybrids or breeds with known wolf content i.e. Sarloos Wolfdog/Sarloos Wolfhound or Czechoslovakian Wolfdog/Czechoslovakian Vlcak or hybrids of such in to Australia. If restricted breeds or hybrid animals are found in Australia (regardless of their pedigree registration), owners can face severe consequences for signing fraudulent import documents and sadly, animals seized and euthanised. It is simply not worth the risk. Several allowable breeds (not on the restricted list) have restricted breeds in their immediate ancestry, so buyers of wolf like pups must be aware of this risk.
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 unstable temperaments and require a huge amount of work, which is significantly different to the domestic dog.
Above: dogs bred by breed founder and developer, Brooke Taylor of Lykosia wolfalikes.
Lykosia Caesar was featured in a recent Volkswagen ad. He was selected out of many wolf look-a-like dogs from all over Australia!
It has concerned potential owners looking abroad for wolf-like dogs that some are advertised as having "no wolf content" in them at all, but after further testing and research, it was found that these dogs were being falsely misrepresented, as they did in fact have wolf content.
With the assurances of the Australian Lykos Development Project, prospective owners can get the look of the dog, without the legal risks, as well as the work that comes with owning a wolf or wolf hybrid breed.
The Australian Lykos Development Project has some great foundations to develop and create magnificent wolf look-a-like dogs selected specifically for health, trainability, and temperament. There are currently Lykos dogs developed under our breeding program that are used for scent detection (Lykosia Quinn - under Melbourne University), Service Dogs (Lykosia Ulric), Therapy Dogs (Lykosia Willow) and TV and commercial dogs (Lykosia Caesar). There are several dogs also being trained in agility and other working dog sports, showing great promise.
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.
Our Code of Ethics is strict and of the highest calibre. Our project does not advocate breeding for money, hence the reasonable cost of puppies from our breeders and the significant written health guarantees they are sold under. Some people are charging exorbitant prices for rare, wolf look-a-like breeds, but our breeders keep their prices low, which includes desexing of pet animals, at around $2000. Only excellent hip/elbow results acceptable for breeding (10 maximum i.e. 5 each hip, and no more than 1 on elbows), DNA/health testing, temperament assessments and strict puppy screening interviews, ensuring pups are placed in the most suitable and dedicated forever homes. Should an owner no longer be able to care for their dog, our breeders take them back and screen for another suitable home for the dog. Our breeders take their responsibility to the dogs they bring into this world, very seriously.
The Lykos breeding program is closely managed by dedicated, knowledgeable and ethical individuals experienced in canine behaviour health and genetics, who take this program very seriously. Read more about our breeding requirements in our Code of Ethics.