|Official Name||Anglian Cayloruulv|
|Common Nicknames||Kadehound, Anglian Shepard|
|Habitat||Noble estates and middle-class homes|
The Anglian Caelorulv is an old breed that has both high prestige and a long history of being a common pet among the nobility and shepherds of the Anglian plains. The Caelorulv was originally one of the many shepherd breeds at the start of the Regalian Empire, though quickly gained popularity as the Western Plains became inhabited by the Anglian people. Interbreeding with other species eventually split the domesticated dog breed into the “Royal” and “Common” Caelorulv, each having their own unique characteristics and popularities.
Caelorulvs originated in Anglia as far back as 10 BC, with the Royal breed diverging off in 150 AC. It is unknown how or when the Caelorulv were introduced to the region, but most believe it was a local animal adopted and trained by Anglian herders. Common breeds outnumber Royal breeds, being used as reliable pets for a variety of rural people across the Regalian Archipelago, while the Royals are found primarily as companions to nobility. Though the Caelorulv have lived in Anglia for nearly 250 years, they look very differently now than they did when they were first domesticated. Selective breeding from prestigious animals resulted in the flat nose, thinner legs and arched back as well as raised hips. The Royal breed became a distinct breed around 150 AC, after nobility started taking a preference for the snow white fur.
Present day, the Caelorulv are widely seen and known among nobility as well as areas where husbandry is a main industry. Centuries of aristocracy gifting these hounds to foreign dignitaries made it a widespread race, though those of exceptional breed always made their way back to Anglia. In certain Anglian cities, there are yearly competitions to elect the best bred Caelorulv; laying the foundations for a grooming business, where Anglian citizens work to brush, trim, or wash the dogs.
Anglian Caelorulv are a fairly unique breed of dog with a very slender and elegant build. Their hips and the back are usually arched higher than the front, and the entire body is supported by very thin and long legs. The Caelorulv has a long tail that often curls at the end, as well as a very long, thin snout and eyes that are seated relatively close to one another. The dog, in fact, almost has no indent on the nose bridge, making the skull very flat from the top. The dog’s ears are small, fluffy and hang down from their head. The Common breed has a variety of fur colors, though they are most commonly colored chestnut brown or reddish brown with spots of white. This fur is very long and soft, often dancing in the wind. It grows quickly, requiring frequent cutting and grooming. Royal breeds often have the hair near their head and behind as well as their back legs cut, while the common breeds often only have their leg hair cut. In stark contrast, the Royal breeds are bred to have snow white fur. Mixing these breeds often results in what locals consider a faulty dog; due to a cultural opinion and preference, this means that very few Royal-Common interbred breeds exist.
The traits most sought out in Caelorulvs are their exclusively light blue eyes, and in Royal breeds, their snow white fur with black paws. In addition, their soft and long growing fur are also desired, as they show the level of wealth an owner has to take care of such a prestigious breed.
Wild Caelorulv are almost unheard of, and very rarely last long in the wild anymore. Male to female ratios is almost equal in the common breeds, while the Royal breeds have had a slight uptick in females over males in the past few decades.
Life Span and Development
Caelorulvs start their lives in their mother’s wombs and are often born in a litter of two to three puppies. Capable of living 15-20 years, they develop to maturity late in life, around six or seven for both males and females. Their long fur begins to show itself very early on, usually starting from the ages of three to four. Their height and weight often shoots up at this age as well, reaching around 100 lbs and 2.5 feet. Males tend to skew on the taller and heavier side.
Caelorulv are commonly a very proud and intelligent breed. A very obedient dog that works well in the field, it quickly became a favorite among hunting nobility and the shepherds of Anglia. Caelorulv are often active and alert, very territorial but still fairly passive in nature. Caelorulv behave very independently and can even be accused of being somewhat mischievous. The Royal breed tends to be more calm than the Common breed, though also requires a lot more attention from its owner, as well as physical movement to remain happy. Anglian nobles often hire trainers at their estate to run the dogs daily when they cannot. Interestingly enough, a neglected Caelorulv often becomes very aggressive, even attacking its owner. This further boomed the grooming business in Anglia in particular.
Territory and Groupings
Caelorulv exclusively live in the homes of their owners -- to leave the dog anywhere else, like outside or in a barn, is actually a crime in Anglia, liable to have the owner serve time in prison and have the dog confiscated. Caelorulv enjoy sleeping near a lit fireplace or at the feet of their owner on the bed. Caelorulvs are typically only found gathered together when there is a desire for owners to breed their dog. Although, it is not uncommon for mates to be owned by one noble and kept around, inhabiting the same space as one another.
- Mixed breeds between Common and Royal Caelorulv are often colored grey and rejected for being ugly.
- Royal Caelorulv are often ranked based on their elegance, beauty and composure. Owners of these dogs often have a long book of heritage to prove the long standing prestige of a particular dog like it’s a competition.
- Caelorulv can sometimes be affected by a cow’s disease called blue tongue. Dogs affected by this disease are often put down despite the fact that the disease is not lethal or life threatening. The Anglians simply consider the blue tongue imperfect and the dog’s lethargic state during sickness unappealing.