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Hybrid Vigor


Have you ever heard the term "hybrid vigor"?  

 Well you will now!  More and more people are taking notice of this amazing attribute of dog breeding. 

Hybrid Vigor .... it is not a theory, but a term that describes what happens repeatably

throughout all species in the animal and plant kingdom.  When unrelated breeds of any animal species are mated the offspring

in the first generation will be more healthy, fertile, and ( in animals) mentally stable than either parent breed.  This first generation

as the geneticists call it F1, will be intermediate in characteristics to the parents and resemble both parent breeds.

To sum it up Hybrid Vigor is the term used to describe the burst of fertility,

good health and growth that is seen in the progeny when two unrelated breeds are mated. 

The longer these breeds have been seperated , and the greater the difference between them, the stronger will be the resulting hybrid vigor.

Making the Newfoundland, Komondor a brilliant choice. 

 Keeping in mind that the Komondor breed is one of the oldest living dog breeds.

Let me explain even further....

I get phone calls atleast once a month from folks asking me why I do not mix the Newfoundland and the Great Pyrenees. 

In my opinion, that just would not result in a change to the breed really. 

The two breeds are far too similar, and the end result is still very close to

exacally what you started with.  There would no improvement to the breed, or the client. 

The komondor is for the most part non shedding, that is a plus for nearly all of my clients! 

The komondor is non drooling, and again who isn't happy about that!

The komondor has a keen guardian instinct, that is definately a plus this day and age.

Add that to the Newfoundland qualities...

Newfies are droolers....no longer

Newfies are shedders......no longer

Newfie will be as loving as ever but with the edge of a guard.

Newfie will still enjoy water play.

Both breeds are great with children and with other animals. 

New to the breed is the coat.... it changes and resembles both breeds.

Vibriant black and white as a Newfie, but longer in coat as a Komondor. 

Both breeds have long tails that curl over the back, so that remains untouched, and though this breeds resembles a huge

Old English Sheepdog -  it is not and the tail should not be bobbed.  It is not good to mess too much with mother nature, besides

the long tail is fun, and wags like wildfire when the Newfkom is happy!

it is vital to add that we at Feathers And Fleece Farm only use healthy, tested and proven adult dogs for breeding. 

We have heart, eyes, thyriod, hips and elbows checked.  We have several vets in the process and leave little to chance.

I am aware that there are others out there selling hybrids for less and with little skill in the way of socialization.

You must trust your breeder.  Be careful in purchasing a hybrid,

 once you cross into the area of hybrids there is no AKC paperwork on these puppies. 

You must trust the breeder to provide puppies born of pure bred parents.  Without purebred parent stock you are in foggy territory. 

I warn people be careful.  Be clear what you are getting.  We will provide all pedigrees on parent dogs, and open our farm up for your

visit once deposits are placed.  I have nothing to hide and welcome you to the farm. 

Having spent all of this time descibing the hybrid vigor of the Newfkom, I have completely neglected the Sheepadoodle!

I also breed the sheepadoodle.  The sheepadoodle is the result in the mating of an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle.

Again, we start with the best qualities in our parent dogs.  Good health and temperment is vital in this breed. 

The results here are an average size dog, about 65-70 or so pounds,non shedding, playful and intelligent. 

Poodles are hypoallergenic, and are rated in the top five smartest dog breeds. 

Tails are bobbed on the sheepadoodle because both the Poodle and the Old English Sheepdog have that in common. 

Old English Sheepdogs are eager to please, and love children and other animals. 

The mating of these two breeds has thrilled many with a loyal, fun, smart non shedding medium- large breed. 

 That just so happens to be knock down, fall on your face cute as heck!