The Schwarz Kennels

and the Dire Wolf Project

Schwarz Dogs and the "Vulpes Fox Project"

Schwarz Dogs
and the
Vulpes Fox Project

The Vulpes Fox Project(TM) is the breeding of a medium to small Companion Dog with the exact bone structure of the (Vulpes Vulpes), an extinct Fox of the Pleistocene era.

"There is NO Fox blood in our dogs as I would NEVER bred a wild animal into any Companion dog"

    Genetically speaking,
foxes and domestic dogs
are not capable of breeding.

   They are in different genetic classifications and in simple terms, their genetic pairings are not compatible.

   The definition of Canid hybrids : The result of inter-breeding of different species within the wider dog family. ‘This doesn’t imply that all members of the dog family can successfully mate and produce offspring.

  There are 2 major classifications within the wider dog family namely the Genus Canis and the Canidae.

  The Genus Canuis include dogs, wolves, dingoes, jackals and coyotes.

   The Canidae include foxes, wild dogs and racoon dogs.

   Members of each classification can breed with each other but  not  with members of the other classification.

   As you can see, dogs and foxes fall under different classifications hence cannot inter breed.

   In the rare case that they do breed, the offspring will either die prematurely or be infertile if they reach adulthood.
  
   The gene structures of these two classifications are not compatible therefore cannot naturally merge.

   Breeding within the two classifications is, however, possible. That is where we get the term canid hybrids.
  Hybrids between certain species are considered illegal in some areas and these hybrids (If this was to happen) should be kept in cages and classified as wild animals. This is usually the case when a domestic dog mates with a wild member of the genus canis classification.

   At the time of this writting there are no genetically verified dog-fox hybrids on record.

   The chromosome count of a red fox is 2n=34 (plus 3-5 micro-chromosomes) and that of a dog, 2n=78. So the difference in counts is large, with dogs having more than twice as many. This fact is often cited as somehow making such hybrids "impossible." But well-documented hybrids have been produced in many other crosses where the parents exhibit large differences in chromosome counts (for example, see the various equine crosses with large differences in parental chromosome counts). In general, differences in the chromosome counts of the parents participating in a cross adversely affect the fertility of the hybrids, not their viability.




Standards of the Breed


Meet our Foxes!


Coat colors

and Markings

 

Schwarz dogs are NOT working dogs

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