Are Lupine Dogs for you?
The British Lupine Dog (BLD) is a beautiful dog – it’s hard not to be thrilled in their presence - but they need experienced, dedicated owners, and are not a breed for everyone. Here are some tips and pointers to consider when deciding if this is the breed for you:
•British Lupines are large breed, and require generous quantities of quality dog food and joint supplements, as well as fresh meat, especially during adolescence. A good diet when young, and your British Lupine Dog should maintain an active lifestyle long into old age.
•Your dog will approach physical maturity between about 12-18 months. However your dog may not finish behaviourally maturing until 18mths – 3 ½ years, and may hope to have an average lifespan of 12 years or more.
•Although more relaxed as adults, young dogs are playful and interactive. They can become destructive and bored if un-entertained for long periods. A safe ‘play’ zone’ can be useful when you go out, but for longer absences, pets sitting/daycare may be a necessary option for young dogs to prevent separation anxiety.
•Regular grooming during periods when the dense undercoat is in moult, typically in the spring, can be necessary to remove dead hair from the coat. The outer coat doesn’t tend to tangle, so out of moult, minimal grooming is required!
•These dogs are the modern ‘SUV’ of the pet world. Able to take part in activities such as Cani-x, rig racing, agility, rally, obedience and more. Regular exercise is a must, but they don’t need hours of running daily! A family play in the park is just fine.
•It is important to have a garden, as well as somewhere to walk your dog. These dogs love to play, making a garden a must.
•It’s no good being too house proud with a British Lupine! They expect to be ‘one of the family’ –even after winter walks!
•BLD’s are a friendly, playful and intelligent breed.
•Although great family companions, they are large and can be energetic, making some of them unsuitable for families with young children. However, they respond well to positive training from young, and are generally polite once out of adolescence!
•They are generally non- guarding.
•They love their family, and don’t cope well with long working hours!
•They can turn their paws to many canine sports or family activities, but also excel in the sport of ‘couch potatoing’
•They love playing with water – so watch those muddy winter puddles! Stagnant summer pools must also be avoided as a health risk.
•Because of their size, enthusiasm and intelligence, training from young is a must!
•These dogs are not easy to threaten or intimidate – but they respond beautifully to positive, reward-based training. They are highly creative – while this can mean they bore easily when young, it also means they excel at learning fun tricks, or taking part in a wide range of canine training disciplines.
•Begin lead training from the first day you get your puppy as they will get strong quickly!
•Other basic commands such as Drop, Stay and Come should also begin using rewards at once.
•Socialisation with dogs and strangers must also begin as soon as possible, and must happen several times a week. In particular, practice recall on a long lead and walking past other dogs while on a lead without pulling– it won’t be long before your BLD may be bigger than many dogs in the park, and he must learn to come away when called!
•Entire males can be more energetic, so early neutering is recommended unless you are a breeder!