Upcoming Litter                  "Workingman's"

August West x Stella Blue

Winter 2021

Rocky Mountain Companion Dog Fennario's August West
Rocky Mountain Companion Dog Stella Blue

Majority of this litter will resemble their sire "Auggie" with a small percentage having the larger build of Stella's maternal heritage. The temperament will be of an active companion; made for camping hiking and adventures with the family.  All pups will have erect ears, light bronze eyes, silver sable coat with platinum undertones. There is a small possibility for light facial furnishings seen on dam Stella Blue.  Males will weigh 110 lbs females 95 lbs.  Males could stand 30" at the shoulder females 27".

Puppies from this litter will strongly resemble their parents and their parents Siblings:

Left: Baby Auggie & littermates with his mum "Lexi"

Right: "Stella" at 6 weeks old .

Rocky Mountain Companion Dog puppy Stella Blue

Waitlist for this litter is

      CLOSED

1. McCurdy

2. Sprague

3.  Stahl

4. Hollenbaugh

5. Merkin

See below for: 

Health, DNA and Match Report- Breeder's notes and records -  Puppy Application - Waitlist for this litter

There are a couple of really fun genetic coloring modifiers that will come into play with these pups. The first one, we have recently learned is coming from the "I" locus. (Capital letter i) .  Learn more about it here:Dog Colour Genetics: Part 4 - Extension, Albino and Intensity - YouTube         The intensity of reds showing in the coat are modified by this gene, or rather, set of genes.   They are known as Rufus(red) Polymodifiers.  This gene will "fade" reds to tan -  tans to cream - cream to white, depending on the INTENSITY of the modifying gene.  If we look at the set of pictures above, we can see that Stella has a bit more tan coloring on her than Auggie.  Stella's "I" locus is not that intense.

Next, the "GREYING" gene gained from her Irish Wolfhound heritage, is not present in Auggie.  This gene wil only show on dogs that have "Em" in their genetic code. Em means the dog has melanistic (black caused by melanin)  points - black on the muzzle, feet and tail.  The black on those points (and several parts of the body) will be greyed, almost like a pre-mature aging of the melanin in the hair shaft itself.    Blacks on the face in particular affected.  Between these two modifiers of black and red, we have potential to lighten up the color drastically.   Most reds (what shows as tan on Stella) will be reverted to cream and silvery/white of Auggie. Most blacks around the face and shoulders and dorsal will fade to a bluish-grey.  

Top: "Betty" and "Rio".  (Auggie x Toodles)

We may have a black and tan creep through, which would mature to look very much like "Oski" (right) formerly known as little "Rio" above.

Geek Box

Outcross preservation breeding is a fascinating practice that piggybacks on the accumulated data of purebred disorders.  Some breeds have congenital disorders that carry and inherit differently than for other breeds. Von Willebrands, a blood disorder is a prime example. The disease will show the same symptoms in both Scottish Terriers and German Shepherds, but it is located on two different sets of genes. Therefore the chances of a GSD x Scottie mix developing the disorder is much lower than either breeding of two of the same breed.

Using the HSVMA "Guide to Congenital disorders",   we begin by finding the disorders carried commonly by Irish Wolfhound, German Shepherd and Alaskan Malamute.   They are listed as in the guide as 330, 250, 221a, 85b, 42.  Of these five conditions I have seen no evidence in neither the previous four generations nor in the consequent generations that Auggie has produced.

The disorders carried commonly by GSD and Alaskan Malamute are listed as: 299,266,256,213,192,152,148,122,89,65.  All of these are polygenetic and cannot be determined with DNA testing except for 89.  Of these ten conditions I have knowledge of four possible conditions showing in the F-3 generations from Rainier and Autumn, and have shown in generation proceeding Auggie's heritage. They are 266,192,152,148/122 Their mode of inheritance (dominant or recessive) undetermined, we turn to the Direwolf Project health database so caringly maintained by the NAAR.   Of those five, the three conditions that are running through both lines I am bringing together in Auggie and Stella are  148 (I'VE seen in only one dog), 0% 256/266 .31% and 192 which is calculated broadly by the NAAR  at .48%. 

COI = 25%  the largest contributors are Autumn, Rainer (21%) and Lexi at (37%)

AVK ancestor loss = 67%

Haplo Diversity = Medium/High

Shared Paternally "C" haplogroup

Temperament:

These are going to be rugged hardy dogs.  If they were to enroll in Dog Scouts of America (thats a real thing) they would have all their badges and be troop leaders in no time.  They will thrive in a consistent environment and fall apart in chaos - unless you teach them to cope. They will need lots of exposure in young weeks, but be mindful of the "SHY PERIOD" for puppies.  Usually between 4 and 8 months, these doggy brains will be soaking up like a sponge. Too much too fast will over whelm them. Best to stay in familiar territory during this phase.  As soon as puberty sets in, and sexual maturity begins, the pup will all of a sudden intellectually and physically bloom.  You'll wake up and they will be bigger than they were the night before.  

Nutmeg (Auggie x Toodles) 1 yr.  3 mos.

                     wearing leather armor

HEALTH concerns and possibilities:

Immediately in this litter's background are the three dogs Toodles, Auggie and their daughter Stella.  Following heredity back to the original outcrosses of Malamute, German Shepherd and Irish Wolfhound we come to 3 generations away from Malamute and 5 from the Irish Wolfhound. The German Shepherd is only 1 generation away being compounded by American Alsatian saturation of the breed five generations back.

  

AUGGIE has always had a slight depression of immunity manifesting as skin issues. He had 2 ear infection episodes between 9 months and one year.  he has had two blood panels in his life and they both showed nothing out of the ordinary.  He gets a low grade UTI in the fall that sometimes causes irritation under his nose.   Treating with UTI at-home products and dietary supplements that assist in kidney function seem to rectify.

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TOODLES:  Began to show signs of skin issues at one year. Episodes of hair thinning would come and go for one year following, each time receiving veterinary treatment for allergies. 

Severe pyometria at almost three years of age  after breeding. Diagnosed shortly after that with severe hypothyroidism. 

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STELLA:  Born August 22 2019, This little lady hit the ground running and never looked back. The world is her oyster and she will rule her kingdom with the grace of a queen.  Stella stayed with me longer than the other pups of her litter because she was a problem solver with a long attention span. GREAT for training tasks, but terrible for furniture and gates.  She was quick and athletic, agile and lithe. To date, Stella has shown no signs of an unhealthy GI, no allergies or sensitivities and has not had abnormal results in any testing that has been done. Bright and chipper, she is still a busy gal. At five months old she stepped off a deck too shallow and tore a ligament in her rear leg. Surgery was determined a beneficial option to help Stella regain full motion of her rear leg.   The surgical veterinarian mentioned that she felt the hollow that holds the ligament in question should have been deeper, holding the ligament better.   In my mind, this particular physiology would compound as sub patellar luxation (cow hocks), and in subsequent generations (four to five) lead to the beginnings of polygenetic hip dysplasia.

Another reason we are outcrossing right away with this line.

Uncle John's Band

Male

High Time

Female

Dire Wolf Thor

Male

New Speedway
Boogie

Female

Uncle John's Band

Male

High Time

Female

Dire Wolf Thor

Male

New Speedway
Boogie

Female