Wolfdogs-the Wolf/Dog Hybrid Some State Laws Restricting Them

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 Wolfdogs or wolf dog hybrids are very controversial and laws and regulations concerning them vary from place to place. In some places such as Czechoslovakia the wolfdog is recognized as a breed and registered as one by the kennel club. It has standards like other breeds. About forty states in the United States ban the owning and breeding of wolf hybrids . In my own state of Wisconsin the wolfdog regulations even vary from one county to another.

What is a wolfdog ?

 

Generally a wolf dog is a hybrid of a wolf with a domestic dog, usually specific breeds such as German Shepherds, Malamutes, or Siberian Huskies.

  • Usually they are deliberately bred.
  •  Although there are some accidental breeding between wolves and domestic dogs, they are not usually inclined to mix
  • Considered exotic pets.

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Wisconsin

 

When I moved to Wisconsin, I had a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix dog and presently have a Siberian Husky with an unknown mix. In both cases the people have often told us the dog looks to be part wolf. I have met owners with dogs that are wolf dogs in town. One day I was walking my dog and a woman driving by stopped to talk to me to inquire if my dog was part wolf. It turned out her dog was. Another case was someone I used to run across when walking my dog. His dog looked like a Husky type dog. One day I was walking by his house and one of his neighbors told me that the man had died. The neighbor wanted to know what to do about the dog. Later he told me that he got a wolf dog rescue to take it. That was the first I knew the dog was a wolf dog hybrid.

Some counties in Wisconsin such as LaCrosse county, ban wolf hybrids. Others do not. According to an article in the Lacrosse Tribune the wolf hybrids, being neither wolf nor dog, don’t fir the legal categories and animal control authorities do not know how to deal with them. There are no state laws to regulate them. Since they are not dogs they don’t fall under regulations for dogs and they don’t fit into the regulations for wolves.

The humane society, according to the article, wants to totally ban wolfdogs.

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog


In Czechoslovakia started in 1955 with the breeding of 48 working line German Shepherd dogs with five Eurasian wolves. The aim was to create a wolf dog hybrid with the temperament, pack mentality, and trainability of the German Shepherd and the strength, physical build, and stamina or the Eurasian wolf, according to  Wikipedia. The breed was developed for use by the border patrol in Czechoslovakia. Later they were used in search and rescue, schutzhund, tracking, herding, agility, obedience, and drafting. In 1982 it was officially recognized as a national breed in Czechoslovia

The breed was recognized in the UK in 2002.

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United States


 

There doesn’t seem to be a standard for wolf dog hybrids in the U.S. They are a cross between a pure wolf and a dog or a wolf hybrid. The dogs would usually be Malamutes, Huskies, or German shepherds. The hybrids tend to be bigger than the wolves.

Temperament

Those that are pro wolfdog tend to claim the animals are docile as  house dogs, whereas most  anti wolf dog folks say they are vicious and untrainable.

Since the wolfdog is a cross between a dog and a wolf common sense would indicate that they need special training and probably a special trainer. The website “WolfCoutry.net” does not recommend the average person own wolf dogs. Wolf dogs are great for those who have the knowledge and inclination to keep and train them.

Having generic mixtures of wolves and dogs their physical and behavioral characteristics can’t be predicted accurately.

According to CDC and the Humane Society of the United States, the wolfdog is sixth in number of attack fatalities in the U.S. The aggressiveness varies from animal to animal.

Alpha


 

Also, according to WolfCountry.net is what they call the “position of alpha.” While a dog can be mastered, even a stubborn one. However, a wolfdog will always try to test the master for dominance. The owner has to dominate and it can lead to a constant battle. The same seems to some extent to be true with wolf like dogs such as Huskies, although maybe not to the same degree.

The main thing is  if one is considering a wolf dog is to make an informed decision. Aside from local laws the owner must have enough space, dedication, know the necessary diet and availability of medical care. Can and will your vet treat a wolf dog?

“People have to understand that a wolf-dog is still part wild, it will never be the docile family pet,” according to WolfCoutry.net. they have special needs—physical and mental. Many hybrids end up being put down, because it is very difficult to place them with new owners.

They recommend a malamute or husky for people who want a dog that resembles a wolf.

History

 

There is some evidence that prehistoric wolfdogs date back 10,000 years or more in the Americas. In Europe there is fossil evidence suggesting they were used in hunting mammoths. Animals in the artwork of the Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico’s central valley may have been wolfdogs. Fossil evidence of wolfdogs was found about 2010 that they had been kept by the warrior class there.

In Great Britain the first known wolf and dog was about 1766. A male wolf mated with a Pomeranian who had a litter of nine pups. Occasionally English noblemen purchased wolfdogs as scientific curiosities. In British menageries and zoos exhibits wolfdogs were popular.

However, there appears to be no intentional breeding until Saarlooswolfhond starting in the 1920’s. Hybrids were used as experimental attack dogs in South Africa during apartheid, which were bred from German shepherds and wolves from the Urals. The first of these was in 1978,  male named Jungle who remained in service until 1989.

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  • I have supplied some links and some sources listed below.
  • Sources for information in the hub include:Wikipedia articles on Wolfdog and Wolfdog in Czechoslovakia
  • WolfCountry.net

Wolfdogs Health


Wolfdogs, according to Wikipedia, are affected by fewer inherited diseases that most breeds of dogs. Some established wolfdog breeds were bred specifically to improve the health and vigor of working dogs.

The USDA has not approved rabies vaccines used for dogs to be used on Wolfdogs. Wolfdog owners and breeders claim that this is a political attempt to discourage wolfdog ownership.

 

 

Wolfdog breeds

According to Wikipedia, there are at least seven breeds that acknowledge significant and recent wolfdog hybridization. Four were deliberate crosses with German shepherds.

  • The Saarlooswolfhond. A Dutch breeder in 1921 this was a first attempt at sustained crossing of wolves with dogs to prevent distemper. The effort failed but the FCI and Dutch Kennel Club recognize the breed.
  • The Czechoslovakian wolfdog was created in the 21950’s.
  • Lupo Wolfdog accepted by Italian Kennel club.
  • Kunming Wolfdog is a Chinese wolfdog bred for military purposes.
  • Japanese wolfdog might be a descendent of the extinct Japanese Wolf.

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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

Great info, this brought back memories of a different breed that I once learned from. (A Wild Call)a true story. Thanks


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swb64 5 years ago from Addingham, UK.

Very good, wolfdog sounds kind of scary!!! in my latest hub Morecambe, this town has now been designated the Alsatian town of the UK!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Ginn Navarre

I'm glad you found it interesting. I partly got curious because of people who have mistaken my dogs for wolves or wolfdogs.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

swb64

They have various designations. It appears that "wolfdog" is preferred although wolf-dog, wolf dog hybrid are also used.Thanks for commenting.


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Back when I worked as a dog groomer, I worked on a few wolf hounds. I was surprised how good natured they were. I don''t know if they're all like that but the ones I worked with were friendly.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I think they vary from dog to dog. also it might depend on what breed of dog they are crossed with. They aren't generally bred for pets so much as for things like guard duty and military.

Thanks for your comment.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another great hub in this series and as with the others I really did enjoy it.

I push all the buttons for this one as well.

Thank you so much for sharing and take care.

Eiddwen.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for the comment and voting. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks my friend for brought the wolfdog history to us. I learn much from you and you open my eyes about this animal. Well done and I give my vote to you. Take care!

Prasetio


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

Most interesting. Thanks for the informative hub. Always been a wolf lover and a dog lover, never did much research on either. This may have been the inspiration I needed.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

The world of canines is a large one with a long history. thanks for reading.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Excellent hub. Chock full of information and made for a very interesting read. Thanks for this interesting article. Rated up and useful.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I'm glad you found it interesting. Thank you for the comment.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Thanks for excellent info. I had no idea about wolfdogs.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

They are probably not very well known outside of Northern climates. Thanks for your comment.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

Awesome, I didn't know so much about the wolfdogs! Are they the same species of the greyhounds? Anyway, thanks for sharing! - andycool


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

Will you please write a hub on greyhounds? I need info on greyhounds. Thanks! - andycool


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

The wolfdogs are a cross between a wolf and some other breed, usually one of the sled pulling dogs.

The greyhound is a breed largely bred for dog racing. i am presently working on a hub about Dalmatians but I can do some research about the greyhound when I am done.


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WindyWinters 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

I really enjoyed reading you hub about wolfdogs. When I was working in a store, a customer had an assist dog that I learned was a wolfdog. The dog was beautiful looking but huge...the size of a small pony. Thanks for your history about this interesting animal breed.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

That is the first I have heard of a wolfdog used for that purpose. Size would depend somewhat on what breed of dog they were bred with. Thanks for commenting.


carolyn (dingyskipper) 5 years ago

My son rehomed a British inuit dog. she is like a Northern inuit, so originally part malumute + husky + alsation, very hard to keep under control without a lot of effort, a killer of rabbits cats rats you name it. Bred to look like a wolf, was actually used by a wolfdog breeder for pups, who then allowed her to be attacked by them, she is a lovely dog now though


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Wolfdogs definitely are not for everyone. Our previous dog was about half alsatian and half husky. She was actually a rather gentle dog. The control factor with your sons dog sounds like it was more due to the way the dog was treated.

Thank you for reading my article and commenting.


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Mrs Cookie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks for a great hub.

I remember a friend of my father having a wolf hydrid when I was younger and I really liked the idea of having a pup from her but was advised against it.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I think it takes a particular kind of person to have a wolfdog. I suspect that house insurance might go up as well. thanks for commenting.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed your interesting hub. I’ve only seen a wolfdog once, which I met while I was walking my dog. The wolfdog seemed very calm besides his owner, and wasn’t upset or excited about being near my dog. I’d like to meet more wolfdogs and get to know them better.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Like you I have only met a couple of them and that was when I was walking my own dog. Since my most recent dogs have been Husky mixes people think they are wolves or part wolf anyhow.It is a controversy even among professional dog people about the feasibility of mixing dogs and wolves.Thanks for the comment.


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

My husband had a very beloved wolfdog named Kimo when he was a teenager. He still speaks so fondly of that dog, as do all his friends and family that knew Kimo. Apparently, kimo was very smart, loyal, calm and beautiful. I was the mean wife who would not get a wolfdog for our family (with young kids)because I had a friend whose ear was torn off by a wolfdog when he was about 4 years old. This dog was usually quite mellow but thought it was protecting the family's child. So sad.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

From all I have read of wolfdogs is that they are controversial. Some folks think they are quite dangerous, while others think they are very good dogs.Thanks for your comment.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm positive that wolf and dog hybrids are dangerous - every single time that an irresponsible human "owns" such a beautiful animal. Someone with understanding and the time to devote to such an animal, however, would surely have a wonderful experience.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Yes,I agree. Thanks for the comment.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

My parents always had german shephards and loved that breed. With any large dog one needs to be firm and establish the "alpha" role early on in their training. It is probably even more so for a wolfdog which is part wild genetically. Didn't all dogs genetically come down from the wolf originally?

A wolf Pomeranian mix...amazing!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

In my lifetime I have run across various theories about the ancestries of dogs.The most common belief is that all dogs came from wolves. Accepting that, then there is always the debate about which dog is closest to the wolf.Candidates are;German Shepherds, Huskie breeds,Collies.

I believe another theorie is common ancestor.

Then there are other wild dogs such as the Dingo.

Much to speculate on. Thanks for commenting. I never really met any wolfdogs till I got to Wisconsin.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I don't know if I have ever seen a wolfdog in person. Do they look that different from German Shepherds?


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

It has been awhile since I have. However, they will tend to resemble the breed that they are mixed with. around here that is likely to be one of the sled dog breeds.our Siberian Husky is often taken for a wolf or wolfdog.In an old film version of Jack London's "Call of the wild" I thought it funny that they used what looked to me like Huskies to play the part of wolves.


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NateSean 5 years ago from Salem, MA

As a wolf lover, I've always been drawn to the idea of one day owning a hybrid. But the risks of not being able to properly train one are too great for me to take.

I'm glad that you've placed such pertinent information here. This could actually be useful to a lot of people who are considering breeding this type of dog.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you for your observations. I have no opinion on people owning them, I don't think I would. Howevera, they are interesting.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Interesting. I'm sure, just as with bully types, there are no bad wolf dogs, only bad people. It is extremely important to understand the temperament and psychology of the animal one is dealing with, and unfortunately, few people have the gift of being able to do this. It seems that the least sensitive among us have a penchant for taking on the most challenging types of dogs!

I have always found the number of people who claim their dogs are "part-wolf" to be rather amazing, too! If their claims were true, it seems we would have a real problem with wolves venturing out of their far-away and dramatically reduced natural habitats for the purpose of seeking out German Shepherds and Huskies to mate with! ;D


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Since it is generally believed that the wolf is the common ancestor of dogs, I think there is a certain snob appeal in having a dog closely related to wolves. It is much like people who say they can trace their family back to the Mayflower.Thanks for commenting.


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william.fischer29 5 years ago

Interesting hub.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read the hub.


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Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

More time then not people are mistaken when they think they own real 'wolfdogs'.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

That is quite probable. My non-wolfdogs tend to be mistaken for wolves quite often. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

I owned a chow/wolf mix. Our female chow "tied up" with a lone wolf that roamed in and around our home, and produced 3 puppies. We kept one.

This wolf/dog mix was a very smart animal. He easily trained to several voice commands. But he also had a vicious side to him, and so I kept him from strangers.

I also noticed at certain times of the year, he seemed to go a little "cracker dog" and not be his normal self. So durning those times I was extra cautious with him as far as strangers went.

He eventually got away from home durning one of his seasonal episodes, and in fact bit a little girl. Thank God he didn't maul her! I had to have him put down.

It was very sad. I stayed home and cried for two days. But I will not own an animal that is dangerous to children.

I loved this animal! He was beautiful and loyal. He ate me out of house and home and was as loving as any pet I have ever had. I miss him dearly, and hope to never own another wolf/dog mix.

I lost track of one of the puppies of the three, and the other I kept contact with is what I would consider a "bad dog". Mean, and having to be contained with limited interaction with strangers.

Great article! Voted up!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I own a Siberian Husky and previously owned a Siberian Husky German shepherd mix. People tended to mistake them for wolves. Then when I moved to Wisconsin I found there are some wolf-dog hybrids around.

Thanks for commenting.


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TheEpicJourney 5 years ago from Fairfield, Ohio

Really good information here Dahoglund. I think i have the same feelings you do in that I don't really have an opinion for or against them. What I think is important is that people are informed about what they are so that when we as a public decide if we want to allow them or not we are making informed decisions and not decisions based solely on fear. I think a wolf/dog hybrid can be just like any exotic pet. There are good even great ones and there are incredibly dangerous ones. Every individual animal is different. I mean if people keep tigers, bears, and other sorts of animals as pets or even perform with them on stages in huge audiences I hardly think wolf/dog hybrids are something to be scared of. I respect the desire and freedom of owners who are willing to invest the time and energy to properly train and raise a hybrid. I also respect the need and safety of the public to ensure such unpredictable animals remain in safe hands and not accidently in the hands of the general uninformed public. Again information is the key in this issue and you have done a superb job of putting a lot of good information here to help with that task!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for the good comment. One problem with "exotic" pets is that people often get them because they are exotic and often get bored with them and possibly abandon them. this is unfair to the animal and the public.I do agree with your comments.


Kyra 4 years ago

I have a Husky/Lab mix, and a Timber wolf/Husky mix. My Husky Lab mix is always hyper, but sweet as can be. And my Timber Wolf Husky mix is lazy and laid back. Both are the sweetest dogs ever, and wouldn't trade them for the world.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for visiting.Dogs I think have individual personalities. our husky like to run but the rest of the time she seems to like sleeping.


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dappledesigns 4 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

this is really great info! We recently adopted our dog, a German Shepherd / Norwegian Elkhound mix from a rescue shelter. The mix gives him such a different coat from winter to summer that he looks like a completely different dog. It wasn't until we recently moved to Wisconsin that we had 3 people all in the same week ask us if he was part wolf. Maybe it was the silver from the elkhound coloring that he gets in the winter along with the 8 pounds of fur! We have had multiple children call him a wolf as well. It wasn't until the 3rd kid that we started to realize maybe he really looks like one! It's very interesting. Great hub!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

We recently got a Siberian Husky that people ask the same question. I told the dog groomer that and he said that people don't realize how big wolves are.

Thanks for commenting.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Was an interesting read about a cool looking dog! I was also just told that they have an incredibly high IQ of 40-60 ... do you know if this is true?

Thanks for SHARING.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting.I do not know much of anything about animal IQ.


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rodlyalcide 4 years ago from Miami, FL

Great hub.. I am a big fan of Wolf dogs so this hub quickly caught my attention.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you for reading it and commenting. They are interesting although I am skeptical about owning one.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I LOVE these creatures. I am researching laws on coyotes and came across this hub. Charlotte, NC just advertised open season on coyotes. The county is letting people kill them at will as long as they use a bow an arrow. This breaks my heart. Great hub... as always!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Tammyswallow, thanks for commenting.The wolf hybrid is interesting although probably not a good pet.


Craigery 4 years ago

We have a Siberian-wolf that is a VERY sweet tempered 7 year old dog! However, she will kill possoms, rats, or small wild animals in the back yard.

Wolves in the wild are very, very timid (unless there is prey around). Many people think that a wolfdog behavior is similar to a Pitt Bull, when just the opposite is the case. They usually don't bark, aren't territorial (they make lousey watchdogs!!!), and are many times shy of strangers.

Another thing is our dog can chew through a leash in seconds -- the broken leash doesn't looked chewed, it looks like it was cut with a razor blade!!! Another wolfdog owner told me that her wolfdog would bite seatbelts in her car --- after seeing what our wolfdog can do to leashes, I totally believe her!!!

We have a cabin in the woods, and a neighbor there had wolfdogs --they would come by and investigate when we were around, but they were always in the shadows! Noiselss, barkless, curious, but definitely not an "in your face" dog!!

Our dog works well in our family --- really the ideal dog for us!!! She LOVES walks, and sniffs at everything. And yes, people have actually stopped their cars and asked me if she was a wolf! Interestingly she likes every person (she must have been socialized as a puppy), and has lived with cats, but does not seem to like to be around other dogs. Not sure why!!!! ---


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

To a large extent your description of your wolfdog could fit our Siberian Husky. Except for having a neighbor with a wolfdog, I have no real life experience with them. It is good that yours works out well for you. Thanks for commenting.


AK'sFinest 4 years ago

I've got a Pyrenees/malamute and wolf hybrid. He is a beautiful dog but I would not recommend a wolf-dog to most people in America. Mine gets walked twice a day and lives outside and I think both of those things are crucial in keeping such a dog sane. These dogs seem to be very cautions, nervous, and high strung when it come to visiting strangers. He does not ever bark and rarely shows any emotion except he will bury his head in my chest and wag very slightly when he is in a cuddly mood. He seems to have tons of quiet personality that sometimes boils out into a zany sort of exuberance. He, and other hybrid dogs I've seen, is very very aggressive toward other dogs and will attack them on sight. Many hybrids are part Malamute so this just exacerbates the problem. If you have other dogs, make sure if you get a hybrid that it is the youngest of your dogs and very clearly at the bottom of the social ladder otherwise you will have a royal fight on your hands that will not end well. I would encourage only very dedicated and physically fit dog owners to take on such an animal. It helps to own lots land as well.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

AK'Finest, thanks for your comments.What you say makes a lot of sense and I agree with you.Thanks for adding this information.


Guest. 4 years ago

I watched this video.. They both make very good points. I have a young wolf-dog. She's very sweet and gentle but also shy of strangers, That doesn't stop her from letting me know if someone that isn't suppose to be on our land is there though. We also have a German Shepard husky mix. He's about a year and very shy he.

I however have to say this, She doesn't try to attack or kill any of our other animals... except my hamster that escape its cage... The kittens and cats are perfectly fine and safe she doesn't nip or anything at them even when they hiss at her. My mix dog tries to heard the cats though.

I wouldn't give her up for the world. I can't move back to my home state because I can not have her there. I'm going to start school to be able to actually study wolves and other animals. I want to help them not get them completely banned from every place.

A guy I know travels and does conservation talks about them. He actually has two wolf-dogs and they are very well taken care of. He's also working on setting up a rescue center in our state for them. I hope to help him out one day.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

There are some breeds such as Siberian Husky, that are gentically close to wolves according to fairly recent DNA evidence. I have a Siberian Husky and previously some mixes of Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. People often mistake them for wolves or wolfdogs. Our current dog has some of the characteristics you describe. She is shy--although that might be due to treatment she had before we got her.

Thank you for sharing you experience as owner of a wolfdog.


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RunAbstract 4 years ago from USA

Wonderful, informative Hub! And what great discussions in the comments!

Thank you for this great read!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Interesting article. Did the Czechs find that their mixture really had the characteristics they were looking for? I would think the wolf breeding would cause a lot more unpredictability. Not a bad thing in a wild animal but not something most European ranchers would want to deal with.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting DrMark. The Czech dog seems to be somewhat successful, although it probably requires a more skilled handler that some more traditional breeds. I don't believe they are used for ranch work but for such things as search and rescue.

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