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rosemary

We have a local that does the same thing...a shepherd and a something and calls them half wolf....then there is the wolf sanctuary about 10 miles out and they got busted for having 3 wolves in a fenced 10 acre area.....were they really wolves? No one knows.

Carl

In the county where i live wolf hybrids are captured and shot without any question. There are no places to keep them. There are not enough sanctuaries for the real wolves and these wolf dogs cant get along with any other animals to live in a pack.

panthergirl

No wolf here!! We just play one on Halloween...

Jimmy

I have to interact with that subculture on a daily basis!Not mention the Michael Vick subculture! There's freaks on every corner in my neck of the woods.
I think they've been eatin' too much free corn!!!!!!!

Joe

I went back and read about your dogs as serial killers. Hilarious.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes

Tavi was wolf-dog. Nicest, sweetest dog you could ever meet. She was afraid of her own shadow, totally non-aggressive and got along, not just with other dogs, but with everyone. Very intelligent and well behaved. I have to say I never met a wolf dog that was aggressive or badly behaved and I've met quite a few.

schnoodlepooh

that's pretty funny. I hope the good ole boys weren't too upset when they found out their 'part wolf' dog wasn't really produced directly from a wild beast.

AuthorMomWithDogs

What is it with people who need to feel cool by having hybrids? I could fill a book with the tragic stories I know of what happens to real wolf hybrids.

But idiots are going to do what idiots do. I think that guy was brilliant for crossing GSDs with Malamutes. Sorry he got caught because now the idiots will go look for real crosses. Sigh.

jan

As far as I know the GOB's never found out that they had sweet tempered dogs. There was no reason for the police or AC to out him since he was breaking no laws. And there is no test, DNA or otherwise, that can determine if an animal is wolf or dog.

cube

People who think they have wolf/dog hybrids more often than not just have dog/dog mixes. Thank goodness. Real wolf hybrids can be quite dangerous. Even more dangerous than your killer poodle brigade ;-)

threecollie

That is absolutely hilarious! What a guy.

teetotaled

Reminds me of the movie The Journey of Natty Gann - 1985! :-)

Faith

.....I seriously owned a couple of wolf hybrids, so far every one I've owned has been really intelligent, loyal, loving and very harmless. Not to say that they couldn't be dangerous, but then again any breed of dog *can* be dangerous.

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Coll

"charging premium prices for mixed breed dogs"..hmmm.. this guy was definitely ahead of his time. These days hybrids, such as the Labradoodle and Puggle, are all the rage and so called "breeders" are being paid outrageous prices for basically mixed bred dogs.

Marion

In my experience, when I lived on the mainland, those wolf dogs were dangerous. There were wild packs where I lived; they had far less fear of people than the actual wolves.

Kahshe Cottager aka Jen

I have had no experience with wolf/dog mixes so I can.t comment on the animals. The concern for me would be the 'mentality' of the person who must have wolf/dog. Here (in Toronto), I would equate it to the people who must have pit bulls for 'status'. These people (a generalization I know) not only don't train/socialize their dogs appropriately, they often actively work to enhance the negative traits that end up making their dogs dangerous. Now we have a ban on pitbulls which is a whole other problem.

Tiger Lamb Girl

That really made me chuckle. The thought of those good ol' boys trying to deduce if their dogs really were part-wolf - or not, lol. Good post;).

wolflady

I am constantly amazed at the "knowledge" expressed by those who have none. As a rescuer of wolfdogs (and I might add, have 5 as my companion animals), I have never met a vicious wolfdog...that is not to say that because of human caused abuse or bad breeding, that it could not happen...just the same as with a doggie dog....in fact, statistics show that there are far more dog biting incidents perpetrated by regular breed dogs than incidents with wolfdogs. I am a professional, college educated woman who is over 40 I hardly think I fit the profile which has been put forth in this site....nor in fact do the people I have placed wolfdogs with ...many are highly educated people, artists, doctors, etc....those of us who share our lives with wolfdogs do so because they are the most sensitive, intuitive, intelligent animal we have ever had the fortune of having as a companion. There are some excellent websites where those of you who seem to have gotten some pretty off the wall information can go to find out the truth about wolfdogs instead of a bunch of misinformation containing ridiculous scare stories about them. Just my two cents on the matter....

Richard

Interesting article. I am afraid that there is some misinformation contained here in that needs clarification. My name is Richard. I am a third generation dog trainer and owner of American Wolfdogs (Wolf Hybrids) for almost 20 years.

As a Wolfdog owner, and part time Wolfdog rescuer, I cringe each time I hear a negative story concerning them. It is true that there are many dishonest breeders of Wolfdogs out there that are falsely advertising the animals that they are selling. This can also be said about any other breed of dog as well. As long as there is $$ to be made someone will think of a dishonest scheme to get it.

I was a little dissapointed in hearing the rumor about how dangerous Wolfdogs are. This could not be further from the truth. Wolfdogs are no more dangerous than any other breed of dog. Bite statistics have Wolfdogs at the smallest percentage nationwide of all large canines. But what exactly is a bite statistic? It is nothing more than a chart that measures owner failure to their beloved animals. There are no bad dogs just bad owners. Wolfdogs get an extremely bad reputation like other breeds of dog for little or no reason. Most of the time an issue is created by the owner not the dog.

When a dog is combined with a wolf the offspring can be extremely intelligent, large, and very active. This cross is neither dog nor wolf. But just because it has the name wolf in it and it looks similar then it is immediately feared. Truth is that wolves are not dangerous. Wolves are very elusive and fearful creatures. They will flee at the mere sight of people. There has never been a case of a wild healthy wolf attacking a person in North America.

The Wolfdog, like other large breed canines, are a type of animal that does need a particular type of home and dedicated person to raise them. Like so many other fad canines, everyone wants one whether they are prepared or not. A pet is not a possession, it is a family member. Pets should be raised like children.

It is a known fact that without wolves there would be no dogs. It is also a fact that the wolf was used by man to create many dog breeds. The North American Wolfdog was created as a working dog over a thousand years ago by the Inuit people of the great north. This makes them some of the oldest domestic canines known. There were many variations of this breed. Each breed was created with a particular task in mind. Many of these crosses have gone on to be very popular dog breeds seen in every day homes. Have you ever looked at a dog and said to yourself wow that looks somewhat like a wolf? There is a reason that it does.

North America has many Wolfdogs in use right now helping and entertaining people. In the short time I have been involved with this special breed, I have had the opportunity to meet many of these amazing animals and speak with their owners. I have met Wolfdog movie stars, Wolfdog police animals, Wolfdog search and rescue animals (who just recently made headlines finding an elderly woman where other dogs could not), and Wolfdog ambassador animals used for education. These are the stories that you never hear about but these are the stories that this and other canine breeds need. They help separate myth from reality.

Richard

Russ

Hmmm, I read this whole thread and I gotta say; there's definitely a line drawn in the sand here. We're talking about large breed canines that if true are part wolf (I think it's better than 10% to be actually considered a wolfdog. Yes they look menacing, they look terrifying, the howl sends chills down your spine. But like 2 other posters have mentioned, They are the root of all dogs we know today.
Jan posted that there aren't even DNA tests for wolf vs dog... Ooh sorry Jan, not only is that wrong but it wasn't phrased in the form of a question. As coming from a history of limited rescue and wolfdog ownership and an upbringing of living with parents that bred Teacup poodles and damnations. I have seen more aggressive actions by smaller dogs than I have by any wolfdog. this includes ones taking in by animal control officers as overly aggressive. So since the animal isn't the cause, lets look at the other aspect... WHO "owns" them? If an animal is going to be poorly socialized, abused, bred to fight, bred almost to death (hello designer dog breeders)the one constant is the people who "own" them. Unfortunately Breed specific laws dont target stupid people a a breed. If it did, we wouldn't hear all these stories that start out like "I have a friend who's nephew got attacked..."

jan

Thank you for your excellent defense of the wolf dog, Wolflady, Russ, Richard, and Diamond Eyes,

My question is why with all the purebred and mixed breed dogs that have been domesticated for thousands of years would one want to breed a magnificent wild animal to a domestic dog and then keep it as a pet?

The bite statistics are probably the result of 1. the wolf dog being rare, and 2. the owners being responsible owners. If wolf dogs become more popular, they will undoubtedly fall into the hands of the irresponsible.

Randy

I own 6 Wolf dog's and mine are loving and loyal and respectiful and I would not take
anything for them:-)
No it's not cool to own one like any other dog they are what I ended up having and love them unconditionaly!
Wolves or wolf dogs are not for everyone just like some people should not own a flea.
It is not the Wolf dog it is the owners and how the animal is raised just like any canine.

Ken C

I run a National Wolfdog Rescue organization. I have over 24 years experience with wolfdogs and wolves. And many many years experience with large dogs, because we always have several of them along with our wolfdog(s), and they get along fantastic. If it's on thing that I can honestly say I have learned over the years when it comes to a wolfdog or a dog being agressive or missbehaved, it's that the owner is at fault in 95% of the cases. In many cases, its just a miss match.. the wrong breed for the wrong "breed" of folks. Some people can't raise a pit bull or rot or GSD, but can do one heck of a job with a beagle, or cocker spaniel.... and vice versa... as stated here, wolfdogs are not for everyone, it's a very very big commitment, but those wolfdog owners who truly understand the animal, the animal will truly understand them, and the bond is a bond that can only be expeirenced through having a wolfdog as part of your family. The same can be said for all breeds of dogs....and the folks that understand them.

regards.

http://www.wrr-inc.org

kenC

jayne d'Arcy

I like wolf dogs and I have met some rather friendly ones. Having lived in Missouri, I also came across some really scary ones. In my experience with dogs (owning and living near them) dogs that are closest to the wolf ancestor require more and consistent training and affection than do some other breeds. Our black lab/aussie shepard mix came with the "laid back" nature inherent in nearly all labrador breeds. He was easy to train. Panda, on the other hand, is a MacNab Border Collie, and she's been a handful to train. As I understand, her breed is pretty close to a wolf, but not as close as some other breeds. A wolf-dog that my cousin owned was a very gentle dog, but my cousin had to put in a lot of training with the dog. He was constantly being told by the breeder (a woman who specialized in the wolf-dog hybrid) that the dogs still had wolf instincts that had to be bred out of them.

This subject does seem like a hot-button subject. I think no matter the breed, it all comes down to training, consistency, and knowing where your dog comes from.

Nancy

One thing that has not been mentioned that needs to be, is, by my intake statistics, more than 95% of the animals I have processed through my facility, are wolfdog to wolfdog bred animals, with the "pure wolf" being in the family tree within the last 3 to 5 generations. The 5% balance are first generation wolfdogs, with one parent a pure wolf, and one parent a high content wolfdog. Out of 357 animals, NOT one - NADA/ZIP/ZILCH/ZERO - is out of wild caught stock! All my first generation animals, 10 currently in residence, are ALL out of captive bred lines that can be traced back at least 40 years, and these lines have been bred for social skills, conformation, trainability, and betterment of the "breed".

No one is out den-robbing wolf pups in CN or AK! There are a slew of dishonest, disreputable breeders that wouldn't know a wolf if it stole their lunch! In addition, there are even more ignorant buyers of substandard, misrepresented pups, which compound the rescue problem. Good ownership of any canine is a result of being SMARTER than the canine!

Wolfdogs are NOT for everybody. Wolfdogs and NOT half/wolf half/dog. Wolfdogs are no more dangerous than any large canine, and substantially less dangerous than the horse in my backyard! Wolfdogs are not wild animals. Wolfdogs are our "original dog".


"Let the buyer beware" - do your homework before you buy, adopt or rescue ANY canine!

Nancy

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jackie

yup..barnum was right..there's a sucker born every minute..

J. Reed

This is an interesting article. i enjoy this immensly, Continue the good work. I will retrun to read more. Great Job!

Barbara Durrance

Thank you all for the comments about how wonderful a wolfdog can be if owned by the right person. I see common threads and truly believe the person is responsible for the dog, any kind of dog. I own three wolfdogs myself and will never go back. It does take a special person to raise these magnificent animals and like others, I believe they should become part of your family, they are after all, pack oriented. I have seen many misunderstandings and ignorance projected on several web sites, please read up on wolfdogs before trashing them, wolfdogs may not be for you personally but I know many people with wolfdogs and it is a perfect match. Studies show that a dachsund is considered the most aggressive of dog breeds, yep, a weiner dog. Amazing that you can categorize a wolfdog as being dangerous when you know nothing about them. Maybe you need to live with one to understand but I would not trust one of mine with you, you would be sure to ruin it. I have a blog dedicated to raising wolfdogs. There are some very interesting articles contained within and the comments are especially important, they are from real wolfdog owners who knew the score going in and have not regretted their decision. I made sure they knew what they were getting into prior to letting them raise one of my pups. I can be found at http://www.wolfdogden.blogspot.com. Please read before you buy a wolfdog or feel the need to trash them.

Barb

Pamela Masich

I have raised two wolfdogs, a collie, greyhound and several labs I love all dogs but my wolfdogs have been such smart loyal and beautiful animals. I saved there lives because animal control will not adopt them out. thanks to a rescue they were released too I was able to get them!
Pamel Masich

Angel Wilcox

I first and foremost would like to saya thank you to the people who understand that wolfdogs should not be classified as horribly dangerous animals...many of my family members have the pleasure of raising these beautiful,loyal, and most of all intelligent animals. I am currently looking for a reputable breeder whom can answer the few concerns I have concerning the animal before buying. I want to know this breeder is introducing these animals to social differences before investing. However it has been my experience that these animals are no more aggressive then any chihuahua I have ever met. I read a news article just the other day about how large dogs are given the brunt end of the aggressiveness however a chihuahua is the breed most likely to bite and or be aggressive...An animal is a reflection of its owner, If you are cruel and unattentive to your animal (no matter what the breed) you can guarantee the dog will be less friendly and more likely to bite.

Shanika

that dog is so pretty.I love it.

CRYSTAL

I OWN A MALE WOLFDOG -CHRISTIAN HE IS 87% WOLF AND MALAMUTE AND LOVES MEETING PEOPLE AND IS GOOD WITH KIDS ONCE HE MEETS U HE KNOWS AND REMEBERS YOU AND WILL PULL ME JUST TO SAY HI.HE IS SWEET AND VERY PLAYFUL N VERY GENTLE GIANT BUT HE WILL PROTECT HIS PACK BUT HE IS 2 YEARS OLD AND NEVER BITTEN NO.I SOMETIMES WONDER WHY THERE IS NEG ISSUE WITH WOLFDOGS AND I JUST THINK PEOPLE WHO DONT ANTHING ABOUT THEM NEEDS TO SHUT UP AND TALK TO PEOPLE WHO DO KNOW AND MEET THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL THERE WONDERFUL IF RAISED RGHT AND YOU HAVE TO LEARN AND STUDY AND JUST UNDERSTAND. I KNOW THIS IF MY WD WAS AGGRESSIVE OR BOT SOMEONE FOR NO REASON HE WOULD BE PUT DOWN I REFUSE TO OWN ANY ANIMAL WHO IS MEAN AND WOLFDOGS ARNT

Concerned

WHYD THIS CHRYSTAL CARACTER FL TH NEED 2 RUIN MY DAY W/ DISGUSTING GRAMMR N VICIOUS ABUSE THE CAPS BUTTON..!.

If you expect people to take you or your opinions seriously, kindly learn how to communicate them as though you're not an ape who's been allowed to play with a keyboard.

Sandra

wolf dogs are amazing animals. with proper care and living conditions they can be just great pets.

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