Several years ago in the Central Valley among a certain subculture…
(How do I describe it tactfully?
dirty pickups, naked cartoon ladies on mud flaps, fewer than 32 teeth, good old boys, never meaning any harm… )
OK, Are you with me so far? Good.
Among this subculture the status thing to own was a dog that was “part wolf.”
“He’s part wolf”
As the puppies began appearing around town, the police and animal control got very nervous. The hybrid wolf dog can be an extremely dangerous animal. They have two conflicting primordial instincts going through their tiny brains and they aren’t sure which one to listen to. They are totally unpredictable.
Hybrid wolf dogs can scale a ten-foot fence, dig their way under one, howl all night, and attack without warning or provocation.
But strangely, there were never any problems with these dogs. As they grew larger they seemed to grow friendlier, even though they did look quite fierce.
Then the breeder was identified.
I won’t call him unscrupulous because he really wasn’t. He was doing a favor for everyone.
What he was doing was breeding his gentle German Shepherd to his sweet-tempered Malamutes to produce puppies that looked more wolf-like than either parent. But they had the dispositions of thousands of years of selective dog breeding. He was essentially charging premium prices for mixed breed dogs. However, there was no reason to expose what he was doing since he was breaking no laws.
The good old boys got fierce wolf-looking dogs that they could brag about, but without danger to them or the community.
What about false advertising?
Since the dog was bred from the wolf and they are the same at the DNA level, all dogs technically can be called “part wolf.”
Even small Poodles and mixed breed housedogs technically are “part wolf.”
Which could explain some magpie episodes that took place over the summer in
my backyard Malaysia.