I would take it to the vet right away, especially if you are purchasing him/her from a breeder. This protects you and the breeder really...plus it guarantees that if there is anything the puppy needs, the vet can take care of that immediately.
Fun toys: Mine LOVES squeaky toys...LOVES them!!! She also likes those ropes with the knots in either end. There are also some toys made out of the stuff that tennis balls are made of, only in different shapes and those are fun (we've got a donut-shaped one, but they come in many shapes...just saw one shaped like a bone the other day....and I'm going back for it!). I like the kongs, especially when you put the paste or a treat in there....it's great fun to watch them try to get it!! A good ball for fetch is always great to have around.
Hope you'll take pictures and let us see! What are you naming your new puppy??
Congrats! When I was younger one of my older cousins had two wolf hybrids. The only think I really remember about them was how beautiful they were. She has said before they were two of the best dogs she ever owned.
As for the toys my puppy didnt like anything unless it squeaked. He is very picky about his toys!
***Edited By: hearay1010 on 10/13/2005 7:42:49 PM*** Reason: add
i really hope you have researched about the hybrids. they are NOT your average pet. especially if you have small children. here is an excellent link. i hope you read it carefully before deciding if this is really the pet for you.
Wolf-dog hybrids should, for safety reasons, essentially be kept like wolves as outlined above. While low percentage wolf-dog hybrids may be unlike pure wolves in many respects, and many can and are kept like pure dogs, they all retain, *as do many dogs*, the motivation for predatory behavior. This means that a person, especially a child who tripped and fell, or who is moaning, crying, or screaming, may be considered wounded prey and attacked. Grave injuries, even death, are all too frequent in such cases. Socialized wolves or wolf-dog hybrids may also challenge the owner or others for dominance. This, too, can result in serious injury to the persons involved. Tame wolves or wolf-dog hybrids may also defend their food against people, especially children. A mere defensive bite can result in serious injuries, even though the animal "meant" no harm.
Dusty, after reading that link I have my answer. It just confirmed what I felt were the reasons. Thanks for sharing. I have to admit they do look beautiful but that doesn't make them a good family pet. If I were a neighbor I don't think I would want one of these living next to me. One more question, "Do they howl like wolfs do?"
Oh trust me I have looked into these dogs for over 2 years. My last dog was 20 % wolf, and was a very sweet animal. They don't make good Family pets, because you really shouldn't treat them like a dog. They can be very strong at times. But i don't have any kids or anything.
- Er, thats nice. The puppy is being shipped in a day. I don't have it yet. I have been on this site way longer than you and can do what I please on this site. oh yes, and nice user name. ( I'm usually not mean... in fact I rarely am.)
have a nice day!
***Edited By: pearl on 10/14/2005 10:05:20 AM*** Reason: edit
My dh had a wolf hybrid malamute. She was a very sweet dog but unpredictable. We would never leave a child around her because we never knew if she would snap or what....but that can be with any other dog too. She lived a long happy spoiled life..she has now crossed over the rainbow bridge and is with her other furry friends. Good luck and post pictures..