We think there is a strong probability of her being a wolf mix, but there is no way to be 100% sure. If she is, it isn't a lot of wolf, probably less than 40% (if there was a way to count, which there isn't). Sometimes I refer to her as a wolfdog, sometimes I refer to her as a husky mix. All depends on my mood I guess, lol.
It's a she :) We are fairly sure she is mostly husky, GSD, and very likely a bit of wolf (A “wolfdog guru” I spoke with thought she might be a 50% F4). I think we finally ended up at the “wolf” conclusion after she turned 5 and had more white fur on her than a black dog twice her age. After a wolf matures, it starts turning lighter and lighter. A black wolf, by the time it is 6 years old, may turn almost completely silver. Shilo is about 6, and although she is not mostly silver (and probably never will be), her fur is fading at a rate that would be considered highly unusual for any pure dog her size. Black dogs get a little silver as they age, but they rarely get silver that fast or that much (Actually, I'm still looking for a case where a large black dog has faded silver like that, but so far, I've only found one close, and the dog wasn't a large black dog that turned silver, it was a medium silver dog that turned white). I wouldn't say that is the only reason we suspect wolf content... Our other reasons involve her temperament, overall build, and the fact that the shelter seemed way to keen on keeping us as in the dark as possible about her past. Either way, she’s a cool companion; I love her, even though she smells like a moldy taxidermy shop because she rolled in the area where this dead cow used to be. It’s a better smell than dead fish at least. Yesterday is was so funny, she found a piece of wood on the side of the road, and at first she was really nervous about it because she thought it was a Box turtle. They make a hissing noise when they pull into their shell and it scares her.
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