While it may not be canon, Herman and Jacky adopt a kid in their whatayarn AU. They adopt a Kaldel (a shapeshifter, like Jacky!). Kaldels have a form of imprinting and can grow up resembling parents they're not related to, while still retaining some traits of their birth parents. Andy is HYOOGE and looks a lot like a fleshy Herman. His canines are awkward and enormous. Compared to Jacky's (which are sharp looking but tiny).
Now.. about Dogdays. Dogdays is a second generation 'shydog'. Kaldels don't start shapeshifting until around puberty. There is no such thing as a baby Shydog. The form is passed down as a tradition, not genetically. Traditionally Kaldels take the form of their tribe. There is no Shydog tribe, so he takes after momma.
© Ashley Lee 2014 Kaldels/Shydog are not an open species, sorry!