My Experience with Wolf Hybrids
wolves and my wolf hybrid
I’ve always been fascinated with wolves. I’ve also always been a big dog lover. I suppose it was almost inevitable that I would end up being interested in wolf hybrids – you know, wolf hybrid dogs. My parents would never let me have one, even though I grew up with a couple of German shepherds. I got married the first time when I was just eighteen years old, and I convinced my husband at the time that we needed a wolf hybrid. We bought an Atlanta newspaper and searched the ad section for a wolf hybrid for sale, and we found a nine-month-old female. Actually, we found several wolf hybrids for sale, but the others were way out of our budget. I had relatives in Atlanta, so we spent a weekend with them, and on that Sunday afternoon, we went to see the wolf dog hybrid.
My wolf hybrid
She was gorgeous! She was half timber wolf and half German shepherd. Her name was Natasha, and she lived in a small apartment with her owner, a young single female. The owner was a little strange, and so was Natasha. She took to me right away, but she didn’t like my husband at all. She wasn’t aggressive toward him, but she was frightened by him. Remember, I was only eighteen at the time, so I was rather foolish. Even though I had reservations about purchasing the wolf hybrid, I figured I could socialize her properly once I got her home. Perhaps if Tasha had been younger when we got her, I would have been able to achieve this goal.
We lived on the outskirts of town when we got Tasha, with fields, pastures, and cows around us. Our next-door-neighbors had a black lab that was allowed to roam freely, so we figured we could do the same thing with Tasha. Bad move. The first thing she did was to attack a cow. Obviously, we couldn’t allow that, so we began keeping her indoors. That didn’t work out well, either. She would destroy anything that had my husband’s scent on it. Finally, we realized that Tasha had to be kept on a long chain outside when we weren’t home. I didn’t like this, but I didn’t know what else to do. We lived in a rental house, so putting up a fence wasn’t an option.
Sometimes I took Tasha out in the woods for a nice long run. This worked great as long as we didn’t encounter any other animals. If we did, her predatory instincts took over. She’d attack anything that moved, including other dogs. When our neighbor had a friend from Canada visiting, the friend brought with him a fighting pit bull and wanted to pit him against Tasha. I’m very against dog fighting, so I refused. A couple of days later, however, I came home to find the guy in my yard with his dog, about to turn him loose on Tasha. He did it before I could intervene. Tasha was killing the dog by the time I got to them. As I was trying to pull my dog off the pit, Tasha accidentally bit me on the hand. The bite exposed my first knuckle, and I still have a scar there today.
When Tasha came into heat, she was visited several times by a beautiful white male German shepherd. Needless to say, she got pregnant. Before the puppies arrived, we moved to an apartment, and Tasha got to live indoors full time. She had eight adorable wolf hybrid puppies. I guess they would be considered ¾ German shepherd and ¼ timber wolf. I really fell in love with one of the wolf hybrid pups and decided to keep him. I named him Blitz.
Tasha was a great mother, but she became more and more protective of her “cubs.” It got to the point where she wouldn’t let anyone but me near her. She also began showing aggression toward everyone except me. Soon after the pups were born, I discovered that I was pregnant. I knew I couldn’t have such an aggressive and unpredictable animal around a baby, so we decided to put Tasha up for adoption. Our vet agreed to house her at our clinic so that people considering adopting a wolf hybrid could see her. Many folks wanted her when they saw how beautiful she was, but they quickly had a change of heart when she lunged at them through the chain-link pen. After several weeks, we realized that our only option was to have Tasha humanely euthanized.
We sold six of the puppies, and I gave one to my best friend. As I said, I kept Blitz. Blitz looked a lot like his mom, but he didn’t act anything like her. He was a great dog, and I had no reservations about having him around my baby. I had a little girl, by the way, and I named her Mandy. She and Blitz were great friends. He watched over her like a mother hen! By that time, we lived in the country, and there were a lot of other dogs around, including some wild dogs. One day as I was strolling Mandy, some wild dogs threatened us, but Blitz protected us. Another time, he killed a rattlesnake that was near us. Blitz was very protective of us and of his yard, but otherwise, anyone could pet him. He also lacked the predator gene that had driven his mother. We had lots of cows and horses, and Blitz never tried to hurt them. We used to laugh at how he played with the cattle. He'd chase them for a few yards, then they'd turn around and chase him. All in all, he was one of the best dogs I’ve ever owned, and I really grieved when he died.
If you’re thinking about getting a wolf hybrid, please get one that’s still very young. Take extra steps to socialize it. Get it used to being around a lot of different people, animals, and situations. Assert yourself as pack leader from day one, and read all you can about wolf hybrids. I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve had experience with wolf hybrids, and most agree that quarter-hybrids make the best dogs. That was certainly the case with me and my wolf hybrids. I think maybe Tasha just had too much wolf heritage and too much in common with wolves. I do blame much of her behavior on her upbringing, however. You’ll need to check out the laws in your state, too. In some states, it’s illegal to own a wolf hybrid. In other states, you have to have a special license. The last time I checked, you could own a wolf hybrid in some states with no special permits or considerations. Unless you know what you're doing, you’ll probably be better off with a purebred German shepherd or some other dog breed than you would be with a wolf hybrid.
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