Wolf/dog hybrids are only as dangerous as you make them. No they are not for everyone, but to those willing to put in time and effort for a great, loving, loyal animal I would recommend the wolf hybrid, but someone wanting a guard dog, by all means, PLEASE settle for the pit bull. To those who say they are children killers, I say it is those who raise both dog and child who are the killers! My father had a timberwolf/husky mix who lived to be 15years old who was the BEST babysitter in the world to not only to myself but my 5 younger siblings! She was never agressive to us kids, only strangers who got too close when our parents weren't near. But like i said before, wolf hybrids are not for everyone, they demand respect and deserve it as well! It is humans who should be put on a leash!
I agree it depends on owner but sometimes if a owner does not demand respect from its dog no matter what kind they can turn on you or some else. I have seen this first hand. I had to shoot one wolf husky mix for jumping in the pen and killing our pigs, it was our next door neigbors the game warden came and sent it off to see if it had rabies thank goodness it did not. But I have seen other wolf mixes and were great dogs and loved everyone. So it really depends on the owner to keep any dog in check.
"Wolf Dogs - These Wolf "hybrids" are a cross between a Wolf and a domestic dog. However, in 1992, scientists reclassified dogs and Wolves as the same species making the term "hybrid" obsolete. Wolf content, the number of generations removed from a pure Wolf and the type of dog used in each cross must be considered when defining a Wolfdog. Because of random genetics inherited from both the dog and the Wolf, the looks and/or behavior can vary."
My first dog was an alaskan timberwolf/collie. She was also the only dog that ever bit me. MY FAULT. She is responsible for getting me interested in learning about dog instinct, and behavior. I pushed down on her rump when she was in heat. Knowing that she was very aggressive when in heat to any type of behavior that indicated interest in her nether regions. Before any one growls at me for not spaying her, let me say I was nine years old.
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My husky has 12,5% grey wolf in him... And he is the calmest dog I've ever owned. But he does demand respect. He's fine with children aslong as they come one by one. otherwise he tries to run. He is kinda spooky thoe not that I don't trust him, he really showes it if he doesn't want to be bothered. He has never groweld nor shown his teeth or anything to me but to people who have either threatend him or threatend me. He has bit one lady thoe that was gonna steal him outside a store once... he grabbed him and he bit here.. DUH!! I just don't understand why you go up to a strange large dog and discide that the poor dog probably would like it better with me??? Grrrr... but she deserved to get bit out of my point of view.
Wolves and dogs are able to breed together and produce fertile offspring. These offspring are called Wolf Hybrids. Wolves can be bred with any type of dog. The most commonly crossed breeds are the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and German Shepherd. Even though mating between dogs and wolves can occur in the wild, it doesn't happen very often. Most wolf hybrids are the result of captive breeding. Since wolves and dogs mature at different rates, the developement of a wolf hybrid is unpredictable. The female dog reaches maturity at 6-8 months, and can reproduce twice a year. The female wolf doesn't mature until 2-4 years old, and only can breed once a year. The female hybrid can mature anywhere between 6 months and 4 years, and can have 1-2 litters per year, depending on the individual dog. Male dogs mature around 8 months, when they start to lift their leg. Male wolves mature between 2 and 3 years, and may or may not lift their leg, depending upon their placement in the pack. Dogs are easy to obedience and house train. Wolves are hard to train, and will not housebreak, no matter how hard you try. Hybrids may be very easy to train, or impossible. A wolf hybrid does not make a better guard dog. Since the wolf is shy, they will not be very protective. Any aggressiveness in hybrids is usually out of fear, and are difficult to control.