Feathers And Fleece
Hybrid VigorHave 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 is not a theory, but a term that describes what happens repeatedly 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, also known F1 by geneticists, 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 separated and the greater the difference
between them, the stronger the resulting hybrid vigor will be.
This makes the Newfoundland and Komondor great choices, keeping in mind
that the Komondor breed is one of the oldest living dog breeds.
Let me explain a little further..
I get phone calls at least once a month from folks asking me why I do
not mix the Newfoundland and the Great Pyrenees.
In my opinion, that would not result in a change to the breed.
The two breeds are far too similar and the result is still very close to
exactly what you started with.
There would be no improvement to the breed or the client.
The Komondor is for the most part non-shedding, which 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 definitely a plus this day and age.
Add that to the Newfoundland qualities.
Newfoundlands are droolers... No longer!
Newfoundlands are shedders... No longer!
Newfoundlands will be as loving as ever but with the edge of a guard.
Newfoundlands will enjoy water play.
Both breeds are great with children and other animals.
New to the breed is the coat.. It changes and resembles both breeds.
Vibrant 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 breed 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, Feathers and Fleece staff, only use healthy, tested, and proven
adult dogs for breeding.
We have heart, eyes, thyroid, hips, and elbows checked.
We have several vet visits 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 terms of socialization.
You must have trust in your breeder. Be careful when purchasing hybrids.
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 to be careful and to be clear of what you are getting.
We will provide all pedigrees on parent dogs and open our farm up for your visit
once deposits are placed.
We have nothing to hide here at Feathers and Fleece Farm.
We welcome you.
Having spent all of this time describing the hybrid vigor of the Newfkom,
I have completely neglected the Sheepadoodle!
I also breed the Sheepadoodle.
This is the result of the mating between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle.
Again, we start with the best qualities in our parent dogs.
Good health and temperament is vital in this breed.
The results here are an average size dog, about 65-70 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!