My dog Keepers, now 9 months old, is part wolf and part Siberian husky. I was told he was 50% wolf and 50% husky. When I got him the breeder asked me NO questions about where I lived, what type of yard I had, if I had experience with wolf hybrids, nothing. A few weeks ago I found her posting more ads for more puppies, I found Keepers parent and saw she said his dad was pure wolf, and his mom was 50%. So how does that make since that he’s half wolf?
I have to say I will never get another wolf hybrid. Not that I don’t love them, I love my dog more than anything ( except for my cat ) however, I recently moved to Oregon and started working with Arctic wolves here at the White Wolf Sanctuary. I learned a lot about wolves, and hybrids. We get about 7 – 10 calls a WEEK for people asking if we could take their “wolf”. They always claim it’s a wolf, but then at the end they admit it “may have some dog in it.”
People really do buy these animals because they want to think they are getting a wolf. I love wolves, and yes, that’s why I got him. And that wasn’t right. But after educating myself on them I found there are over 250,000 hybrids in the world today. Many without homes. They are put to death immediately in shelters, and too many people just can’t control them. Most of the time they let them go, thinking they can survive in the wild. BUT THEY CANNOT. Just because they are part wolf doesn’t mean they know how to hunt. Even captive wolves who were pets just can’t be released. They learn to hunt from their parents.
Keepers has been the challenge of my lifetime, I STILL train him every day, to keep him on his feet...paws... or I wouldn’t be able to handle him. I never tell people he is part wolf, because around here they would just shoot him if he ever got out. If someone asks ( and they often do) I just was he’s a husky mix.
I am just posting this for anyone with a wolf hybrid or who wants to get one. I am sure people on this site would be smart enough to educate themselves about them. They do need DIFFERENT care than a normal dog, because they have wolf in them. Keepers wants to kill any small animal that moves, so I have to be really careful. He was raised around cats, so luckily he doesn’t go after my cat.
If anyone else here has a hybrid, or story about one, post it!
My dad about 20 years ago had two of them.they were mixed with GSD though.The female was really sweet and an all around great dog.The male on the other hand would kill any small animal,even being raised with cats.He weighed 160lbs.He was high content.He mostly wolf.He acted like one also.He about attacked my dad one day.He was tied outside and my dad came home one night and the dog didnt know who it was and he lunged at my dad.If he had not been on a chain he would have attacked him.But once he saw who it was he was very sweet.My dad ahd socialized him adn everything but it did not make much difference. He had them both fixed,the female got rehomed to a family home and she did greta there.He kept the male until it died.He had to rehome the female becuase the male wanted to kill her also.He never recommens getting one and always says the dont make that great of pets.
I don't like wolf hybrids. I never have. My mother had one who was nice when a puppy, but it acted just like a wolf. Slinking around in shadows, stalking people, and snarling at anyone who got too close to my mother. I hit the thing in the face when I caught it with my daughter's hand in it's mouth when she was 4 months old! I hated it and was happy when it got loose and the cops picked it up. It went through a shorter wait before it was killed because it was liscensed under my brother's name and cops have it in for him! I was releived when it was pts though.
"but it acted just like a wolf. Slinking around in shadows, stalking people, and snarling at anyone who got too close to my mother."
Wolves do not stalk people. They are afraid of humans and wild wolves will run from humans when they see them. People also don't understand that they use their mouth to communicate. For example, when I get up to leave after petting my guy he will grab me with his mouth. Not to hurt me but to call me back. He has made me bleed a few times, but people think they are trying to "attack" children. So many have been killed because they don't understand they are not trying to hurt you it's a way to communicate.
It was not a good animal in any way. It hated being out where anyone could see it. The fact that it was mixed with dog is what makes it dangerous. The wolf's unpredictability and the dogs fearlessness of people. The hybrid is basically a confused animal that does not know what it is. I have done alot of reading about them after my mother and brother got theirs and I wish people would stop breeding them. It's just as irresponsible as puppymills.
A wolf hybrid is more dangerous than a pitbull. Coyote hybrids are just as bad, if not worse than a wolf hybrid.
His name was Micheal and I worked at the animal hospital, and wasnt a vet tech yet, but a mere kennel worker....
I leashed up what I thought was a huge german shepard altho very grey, and took it thru to take a walk...
My friend and veteriarian, said, hey be carefule with that wolf, he gets cranky sometimes!!
(I am standing there, glad I didnt know what he was when I leashed him for he would have sensed that I was nervous)
Micheal was pure 100% wolf. He was not like a dog, but rather more aloof. He didnt really crave to please us humans, or even his master for that matter. He was really low key.
I never had a problem with him. No one did.
He was diagnosed with a tumor and was there for treatment. He was about 200 lbs if I remember in his prime....
He was in the kennel and I couldnt get him up to get out..he was weak. We tried to get more people in to carry him out and he then reminded us, that he was proud and WHAT HE was and started snarling at us to just leave him alone.
We got the auth to euth him, as he wouldnt walk and he was at the end of his life, but Micheal would have none of that.
He kept us at bay with those pearly whites and died quickly, on his own, I believe, the way he wanted to. It was surreal.
Cool as he was, his owners, like you, realize that a wolf should not be a pet and altho they were great owners and did alot of education about them and PR with Micheal, they vowed they wouldnt get another, and they havent.
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 5/10/2006 4:47:20 PM*** Reason: typo
i have come across quite a few working in an animal hospital. peaches was the first one i ever met. she was all wihte and kind of fluffy. looked like a real long lanky samoyed. she was sweet as pie. one i encountered was young, under a year, and was real skittish. he was never aggressive just a real nervous dog. the other one we have currently as a patient is also a very nice dog. not skittish at all but not outgoing either. lets us do what we need to do but is not overly happy to see you like most regular dogs are.
i always thought i wouldn't mind having one. after spending some time as a member of a wolfdog list ... they are way too much animal for me. the owner of that list had said the temp description of the breed i have is very similiar to a wolfdogs personality but i don't really think that at all.
I cant say I've had wolf impressions but my Uncle is a trapper and I've seen the coyote/mix pups that are born from wandering males hooking up w/ dogs. They dont look to pretty and they're almost impossible to house break.Some pick up more dog like traits and some are aloof and timid by nature like the coyotes. Some people might like one as an oddity but personaly if you want a companion pet ..who wants one that may have inherited a wilder side too? Those are things most pet owners strive to train thier pets not to do.
I think wolves are wonderful and mystical. Through the years they have been vilified and crucified by greedy ranchers encrouching on Government Land to the point of extenction.
Humans could learn from the Wolf's sence of loyalty to the family unit with the mating for life and care of their young. They are fearless with their loyalty but cautious with what they know not of, Humans. They don't attack and they don't kill people unless they are threatened.
Wolf-Hybreds pass a lot of their traits along with the manipulation by people to create a domesticated "dog."Most Vets that I know will not treat a wolf-hybred. They do not want the liabiity or the responsibility of treating something that was not suppose to be. Rabie vaccines have yet to be proven effective with the Wolf Hybred. So that would mean if any are quarentined for biting, most usually are euthanized.
Though the wolf-hybred is magnificent, it's certainly not for a casual dog owner. I've been in contact with several and they are to be respected for what they are, a Wolf.
Personally, I would like to see an end to Humans manipulation in creating a wolf -hybred and helping preserve the Wolf population in North America.
***Edited By: pitpat2az on 5/10/2006 10:37:57 PM*** Reason: XXXX
Ive tried not to get involved in any of the bickering that has been going on in fact some of it has been pretty funny. This however has cought my attention. I have had both at hybred coyote and norweg/elk wolf cross. A friends norelk got caught in the mountains in NM by a wolf my parents gladly took one of the pups. What a fantastic animal she was I belive she was close to 16 yrs old when she was put down due to cancer. I will never forget watching a little orange kitten I had climb up on her back and make her self a bedwith that fantastic soft fur. That dog never batted an eye at that cat. We brought in another dog to our house when she was about 10 and she excepted the pup like it was her own. I still miss her after all this time. I found my coyotecross wondering around our house We lived in the mesas of NM and I was coming home from the store when I spotted a pup with a choke chain on him. Since we were the only house for a mile I figured he was dumped I took him home and put up signs all around for a couple of miles. After a month no one claimed him and he never left our unfenced yard I had him spayed. He died at 14 Yrs old. I can tell you Smoky was my sons best friend, he would run down the street next to his bike and come running to get me when my son went where he shouldnt. MY grown son still gets a teaar when he talks about him. Not everybody should own one of these dogs and I would never do it again, because I couldnt handle it anymore. But dont slam the animal for they way its raised or for they instinct they normally have. And I have to agree I never saw either one of these animals slink or sneek.JMO
One of my cousins had one, it was one of those not real thought out decisions, when it was about 6 mos they rehomed it. Their breeder had told them that to discipline it to get on its level and growl more loudly and sterner than it. Well I can tell you she (my cuz) looked crazy doing that!
Being illegal to own in Alberta now, every vet here refuses to work on them because they have to take and PTS as soon as they are brought in, same with shelters and SPCA's. I have knowen a few in my time, and they have been crossed with any number of breeds. I have seen mal wolf, sib wolf cross, samoyed wolf cross, and chow wolf cross. Those I can think of right of the top of my head. I know if one that attacked its owner when it was 3 years old, they never could understand why, he just snapped, he was a mal cross and weighed over 200lbs when he was PTS. The samy wolf cross was probab;y the best temperment, but she was very untrusting of strangers. The others wre just knowen in passing. Thre are several people or and several against I feel that very few people make good owners for high content wolf crosses, heck most people can't handle a sib, let alone a wolf cross. A good friend of mine had a german shepherd wolf cross when I was 16, Rebel, he is the one I knew best, he was good 12 when I met him, no one got into the house with him there unless he knew them, but no one could touch his chest he would attack imedialty if you did. The vet said his lungs and heart didn't grow enouh for his body size and if you put presser on is chest he couldn't breath right and he knew it.
I am personally against owning them, there is no point in obtaining one, you don't own a wolf, you own a confused dog. I don't agree with owning tigers, lions or bears either. I also have issues with iguanas and certin snake species. If it gets big enough that it needs its own room it should not be a pet, very very few people are willing and/or able to addapt their lives to these animals.
Now that I finally figured out how to post on here.. teehee I have a male timber wolf for all intents and purposes he would be pretty much be a "fullblood" .. When I got him he was a very small baby and he had no one to care for him...So I decided I could do this..when I held him he gripped to me as much as he could and nuzzled me when I tried to put him down he cried for me..I knew me n he were family..i being native american and him the wolf are both pretty much endangered species so hey we gotta stick together... Now he like my chihuahua (that i found) ,husky,2 cats are my furkids.. Wolves who have had human contect via pets do not act any differently from domesticated dogs.. afterall to some degree domes dogs are nothing more then stylized wolves manipulated by time and breeding... I think two major things need to happen in the case of "hybrids" I think hybrids should be taken in and trained to live in the wild if that option is available..So many times you see "refuges" or training places who will only want a "pure" or close to pure wolf to be taken in.. The problem with this .. is that everything in this world evolves how can anyone expect wolves to remain static. Like any animal they need certain training to know thier place in the household..When I am at work he knows he to be in the secured fenced in pen for his own protection because of the blantant ignorance of the population about wolf behavior.. When I return from work he knows he is allowed to be out in the larger yard and to run and do anything he likes..He has NEVER stalked anyone or hurt another animal or a human being to be malicious.. He has even gotten on his belly to my cats who are only slightly bigger then my 7lbs chihuahua to show them he isnt by them to hurt them... Now my chihuahua he may stalk you stay in the shadows and IS very possessive of me and doesnt like anyone else around me...should he be considered a threat based off this behavior? Many pets are possessive of thier owners ..in thier minds their primary caretakers ARE family ...wheres as extended family may not be considered favorites...it happens with any animal... Pets are children that never truly grow up once you are mama or papa to them thats it..you are locked in it does matter if its a wolf or a stylized one(domesticated dog)... they all can turn on you at any given time given the situation.The only problem is wolves get the brunt of so much FALSE "myth" about them.. no one takes the time to truly learn thier ways...