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.

The DNA of wolves and dogs is almost identical, according to Cesar Milan.
The DNA of wolves and dogs is almost identical, according to Cesar Milan.

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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ebs675 5 years ago

Pretty Cool.

chenas 5 years ago

German shepherds are so cool and they are easily trained a search and rescue dogs.

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago

I did my senior project on wolf hybrids. Many people don't know the dangers they present. Yes beautiful and lovely to look at BUT they are WILD animals! Many states have VERY specific guidelines to be able to own one and strict rules about them when it comes to biting, often resulting in being put down. They should NEVER be s first dog AND you should know your dog's wolf blood percentage BEFORE buying them. A high percentage IS more wolf-like and will destroy your home and become near to uncontrollable.

I personally do not condone owning hybrids as I feel people just do it to own a wolf. Wolves are not pets and deserve to be left in the wild, not used in breeding programs to create "cute wolfy puppies".

I certainly hope if you ever get another one you get it spayed or neutered as the life of a wolf hybrid is often not a happy one as you showed with your experience with Tasha. Precautions should be made to avoid unwanted litters of the ultimate high maintenance dog.

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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

I've had friends who owned a wolf hybrid dog; it was a beautiful animal and fit in well with their family. Thanks for this information.

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

You had a bad experience, that's for sure! I insisted once on getting a white German Shepherd. My Vet advised me not to because it had been inbred. I got the dog anyway, and she wound up going berserk! You really have to be careful when selecting any dog. I'll just stick to my little Schnauzer, she's harmless (spoiled rotten)

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misspeachesx 5 years ago from Northeast, Washington

I'd have to say that wolf hybrids are not for everyone, at all. They overall make horrible pets and foolish owners believe that they can be treated just like a domesticated dog. In turn not the animal and owner suffer. I believe it is even worse when people decide to purposely breed these animals. Just like any dog, you don't buy it and expect it to fit into your life style.

Do you have any pictures of them? I'd love to see how they look!

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

This is a subject near to my fantasizing heart. There is nothing wrong with owning a wolf or a hybrid but as you demonstrated with your experience, you must have room in your life for it. I like your advice about getting a 1/4 hybrid, that confirms the snippets of information I have gathered around the internet.

Dogs with more aggressive tendencies do not socialize well as adults when not raised properly as pups. I am glad you had a positive experience in the end, but I totally agree with your decision to put Tasha down - it was the only sensible solution.

I would be that guy who would take Tasha if I had a place for her, I know almost any animal can be tamed with lots of love and attention - but then again, maybe I'm an idiot for thinking that! Wonderful story, thank you.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

ebs, thanks for reading!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

chenas, German shepherds are super intelligent!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Greenhouse, I'll prolly never get another wolf hybrid, although as I said, Blitz was one of the best dogs I've ever owned. I'm completely in love with Great Danes now!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

LL, thanks for your input!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Mary, your furkid sounds like my Great Danes - spoiled rotten!

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Peaches, I have old pics of Blitz, but I'm not sure how they'd scan. He was a beauty - silver-gray in color.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Alexander Mark, it broke my heart to have to euthanize Tasha, but she was a very untrustworthy animal. Blitz, on the other hand, was awesome! I agree that one reason he was prolly a better pet was that he had less wolf in him.

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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

A fiend owns a beautiful white wolf hybrid. He brings it to the dog beach but keeps it under strict control. One day, out of the blue, it turned on another dog, not a pretty sight. Now he keeps it on the leash unless out on the trail. Unpredictable is my take on these magnificent animals.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Gypsy, I agree that most wolf hybrids are unpredictable, but I do think it depends somewhat on how much wolf the animal has in it. The more wolf, the more unpredicatable it's likely to be.

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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

habee when I was in the corps a good friend of mine at the time also had a wolf shepard mix.

She was an impressive animal, smokey grey coat, large frame and around 100 lbs of k-9.

Wolfy was to be sure a one person animal, she was the dominate femail of the pack to be sure. She made a good Devil Dog, just a little jarhead humor.

The animal was a faithful friend to her human partner.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Good to hear that, Mike. Wolfy sounds like my Blitz in appearance. Nice to see you!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This was beautiful, Holle, and I believe I'm in love with Blitz. What an outstanding pet and protector he was.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Blitz was one of the best dogs ever, drbj. I still miss him, though he's been gone for more than two decades.

jenubouka 5 years ago

What a gorgeous species and informative hub about them.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, habee, I would love a wolf hybrid! they are gorgeous, but as you said, unless you get them very young its too late to change them, and at the end of the day they are wild, but still, if I lived out in the countryside and got a young one, then maybe, see what you done now? ha ha

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, jenu!

Nell, they can be the best dogs ever if you get one that's not too much wolf - and as you say, get it while it's still very young. Ever thought about a Great Dane??

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, maybe a bit tall for me! lol they used to have a lovely great Dane in the pub I used to go to, it jumped up me every time I went in, and towered above my head! lol

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Nell, Danes are the best dogs in the world! Ours never jump on people, but they do try to sit in laps. lol

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Fascinating to read and brilliant information.

Sheila 4 years ago

I adopted a hybrid 90% Grey wolf/ 10% mix of shepherd/ Husky when he was 8 weeks old. Cody is the most sweetest biggest wolf ever. He has not one mean bone in his body. He is very very protective of me. When I walk him in the woods and the coyotes/wolves start to howl, he stands in front of me sideways and presses against my leg, staring out into the woods. His head and ears are as high as they can be and his body is all muscle. After a while Cody eases up and starts to pull me away. Cody is a very good wolf and I have had no problem at all with him.

Ashley 4 years ago

I own a black phase wolf hybrid, she is 80% Timber and Mackenzie Valley wolf, along with Alaskan Malamute. I have to say that I BELIEVE that there is a huge difference between researching and then researching and owning a wolf hybrid. If you start the necessary guidelines of owning a wolf while they are young I have to say that I don't think there is much to worry about. I am a 4'10 female and I have full control of my girl. She is playful, knows her place in the "pack", she is very socialized with people, kids, and other dogs. Absolutely NO food aggression whatsoever which I can not say for the other dogs I have owned in my life which were much smaller. She also lives with two cats whom she is very fond of. She is large and clumsy so when she gets excited the cats know to move out of the way but they cuddle, she licks them, and is very docile. We go to an all dog beach and I let her socialize with other people and dogs and she does great off the leash. she always looks at me before going over to another dog and I give her the okay or no. She also doesn't stray far from me, if she finds she is drifting too far while exploring she looks around, finds me and runs back immediately. All I can say is that I love my wolf hybrid, I think she is a fantastic and beautiful pet. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Quency 4 years ago

Im sorry but getting a wolf shepard mix that's already 9months is dumb...I have a wolf shepard but she's mainly wolf. Yes very protective but I got her as a 8week old and she's done nothing but protect my son and wife. Wolves are very loyal, you just have to get one pretty much right out of birth because they're natural instincts are to protect and kill anything that coming into harm its family.

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Quency, it was dumb - I agree. I didn't know any better at the time. I was young and foolish and was too excited about getting an exotic pet before researching and doing my homework. I hope others learn from my mistake.

annie harkin 4 years ago

I have a f 1 generation coydog and a 75 percent hybrid to hybrid malmute wolf both are sweet, loving ,friendly, very, very smart and well behaviored, much easier to train then any dog ...I feel it is the dog part of hybrid that causes problems the one german shepherd coy cross that I had was great with me but could not be trusted around other people...friendly type northern breeds are best.....

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Robert Chartier 3 years ago

my parents had A malamute wolf cross from the time I was a baby until I was 3. Jake was very smart and protective. Now many years later I got a wolf black lab cross Barron at 7 weeks . I trained and as a puppy he had his chewing phase as any puppy will do. but he was also icredably smart loyal and very loving my wife used him as a teddy bare and no I worked night so I am not kidding. My father Inlaw was scared of large dogs and barron was about 70 pounds or so . but Barron knew my Father inlaw was scared of him but he also knew that he hadn't done anything for him to be scared of him for. My inlaws came over one day and Barron decided to let Jack my fatherlaw know he didn't need to be afraid of him. Barron snuck up crawled across the back of our ten foot couch and laid his head in Jacks lap . it was so cute we got pictures at the time t took Barron ten mins to do it because he didn't want to startle Jack . I think people need to be sure about taking on any animal with a bit of a wild blood line. But I also seen so called domestic dogs be far more aggressive then Barron ever was.

Racheal 3 years ago

These photos are wnedorful. Don't worry- sleep comes and goes, days start to blend, months go unnoticed then suddenly everything starts to fall into place. Enjoy this time, it goes by so quickly.

Jason 2 years ago

Those people into dog soon as they sugested that I'd had put an unloaded rifle on my kitchen table, MY AR-15 OR AK, and would have told them I usually keep it loaded but unloaded it to show it to them and to get the fuck off my property and never come back. That dog they brought to fight your dog I WOULD HAVE SHOT IT IN FRONT OF THEM AND THEN HELD THEM ON MY PROPERTY UNTIL THE POLICE CAME AND CHARGED THEM WITH TRESPASS AND ASSULTING MY DOG!!!!! Piece of crap scumbags!!!!!! If you fight dogs you are slime! 2 years ago

You shouldn't have pulled your dog off of their dog, YOU SHOULD HAVE SHOT THEIR DOG AND CALLED THE POLICE ON THEM!!!!

Jason 2 years ago

Your neighbor must be a scumbag! You said no and he let his friend bring that dog on your property to fight your dog anyway. THEY ARE LUCKY IT WASNT ME!!!!!!

Jessica 17 months ago

They have had rescues for wolf hybrids for a long time now you could have sent her there instead of having her put down.....also i have a wolf hybrid that is 30% timber wolf and 70% german shepherd i got her when she was 4yrs old she has been a wonderful animal to have indoors with the other two dogs we have. Ive had her for almost a year now and there has been times that ive been concerned but you need to be the alpha male or female and turn them on their backs and let them know you mean business and dominate them until they know just like alpha wolves in the wild. The one that leads the pack is the most respected individual. I keep her on a chain during the night when i let all of our dogs outside since the prey instinct comes out more than ever at night then in the day. The day time she isnt on a tie out. I love wolves and always will.

dave 16 months ago

you people are white suburbanite morons.. you are sheep trying to own a wolf. this animal will never respect you, because it cant relate to you. your just shoving it in a cage or leaving it on a chain outside for 8 hours a day.

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