|Official Name||Anglian Shepard|
|Common Nicknames||Eerste Hond|
|Habitat||Farmsteads, urban areas|
The Anglian Shepherd is an animal that holds a rare mark of note in the annals of Alorian history. Along with the Common Farm Chicken and a handful of other animals, it is said to be one of the first animals the Ailor themselves tamed. It is notable for its loyalty and intellect, serving both public and agricultural interests well over the years as an attack hound and herd dog. Today, the dog is mostly kept as a pet within the cities while rural Anglian farmers still put the animal to use as they have for the past 300 years and more.
The Anglian Shepherd shares an ancient history with the Ailor people. It is believed that whenever the first Ailor reached Anglia in the Regalian Archipelago, there were a myriad of wild dogs they encountered there. Out of those present, the Anglian Shepard presented both the easiest and obvious choice due its intellect and compassion. The canine was promptly domesticated, and over the years became a key animal in Anglian culture as the central herding dog for any farm. After the rise of the Regalian Empire with the Kades as the Chancellors of Regalia, its popularity spread to other farming regions along as into the homes of the public. They have served as able pets to many people over the centuries and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The Anglian Shepherd is a medium dog in the Alorian world with a height of two feet with a length of two and half to three feet, with males weighing a bulkier 70 to 80 lbs, while females are 50 to 70 lbs. Standing on four pawed feet, the Anglian Shepard has fairly average features. They possess an long square-cut muzzle, a brown nose, two eyes that can be various shades of brown and large erect ears. A long neck attaches them to their athletic bodies before a long furred tail rounds everything out. The animal is noted for its double coat (or fur coat) which posses a solid white coloration paired with a chestnut brown saddlery pattern. The brown coloration also extends to areas of the face where they surround areas around the eyes and mouth.
Anglian Shepherds are uniform in the respect that their colorations are always the same, thanks to decades of Anglian breeding having removed color variations long ago. An individual might have minor variations in the exact size of their patterns, but the animal always possesses the same form of chestnut brown saddlery over a white body. Males and females share an equal gender ratio.
Life Span and Development
The Anglian Shepherd is born live in litters of three to five puppies. These puppies all come out as miniature, if not softer and more vulnerable, versions of their parents. Over the course of several weeks, the animal soon grows and becomes physically active, but it will take about two months until their ears will fully perk upright. After this, there will be a slow progression over a period of two to three years where the puppies grow mature physically and mentally. During this time, they will learn from trainers and their own parents whatever skill is desired to be learned. For farming dogs, the puppies are allowed out to follow their parents on duty and, at a certain age, are slowly trained on small test flocks of similarly younger sheep so a bond of trust is enforced. Meanwhile, Shepherds in the city mostly live a comfortable life with enough exercise while those that act as guard dogs receive minimal training in non-lethal takedowns (as the animal is noted for its ferocity against intruders). At the age of three, Anglian Shepherds are able to reproduce and the species can live for anywhere between ten to twenty years.
The Anglian Shepherd is a fiercely loyal dog with a vicious streak against perceived enemies. Those they grow up beside and accept into their lives are like family and are treated with affection suiting this, be it dog or man. The Anglian Shepherd is especially kind to children growing up, often keeping close to them unless otherwise called away. As for families of Anglian Shepherds, as the puppies mature the father and mother become more like close tutors and finally, good friends. Those that threaten an Anglian Shepherd’s family, however, will face a hidden fury, first through aggressive and loud barking before nips or bites. On guard dogs, this is usually trained into non-lethal nips on wrists and ankles but some people have been seriously injured when entering farms or homes without the proper greetings for the canine. Even when intruders attempt to calm them down, the dog’s emotional intellect is its next greatest asset as many speak of the sixth sense the animal possess. They can sense hostility on people, adopting a defensive posture towards their owners when this occurs. As for actual intelligence, the animal is average and not objectively stupid.
Territory and Groupings
Anglian Shepherds no longer live in the wild and as a result, are often very inconsistent in grouping. It has been noted however that any more than five adult Anglian Shepherds in one location breeds tension and mild aggression which is why these dogs are often given their own space in a home to rest and adorn with their favorite toys. These homes can vary greatly, from farmsteads to more urban settings like manors or guard posts.
- Anglian Shepherds are sometimes ridden by children unsuccessfully due to their easy going nature and readiness. The only reported successful “dogride” was on an Anglian farm where a seven year old rode his dog for nearly a minute before tumbling off. The event was witnessed by his family of thirty-four people.
- Crossbreeds between Anglian Shepherds and other dog breeds is fairly common as the animal’s affectionate personality and generally lax breeding standards make such couplings easy.
- The most famous Anglian Shepherd to date was the stud “Dominicus” who once saved a little girl from drowning in 244 AC but also prevented an assassination attempt of a noble in 247 AC. His descendants are most commonly found among noble homes and those of the upper class.