Hey everyone, I just got a beautiful new wolfdog. I've seen on many websites that breeders will often lie about the wolf content or that it is a wolf at all, so I was hoping I could get some insight on whether he is or not.
First off the parents were on premises and both were very wolf-like in appearance. The mother was claimed to be 3/4 red mckenzie valley wolf 1/4 malamute, the father 3/4 red mckenzie valley wolf and 1/4 great pyrenees. I've looked up that kind of wolf on the internet though and couldn't find anything about them other than that they exist. They did have proper enclosure though, the mother was with several other wolfdogs in a large high fenced pen electrified at the bottom, the father was the house pet and was on a runner in the yard. When I was there he was let off the runner and always stayed close to the owner.
My puppy is beautiful and looks a lot like a wolf. He was born July 3rd. His underside, lower part of his face and cheeks and paws are white. His sides, around his eyes and the strip down his nose and top of his head are red. He has little white markings above his eyes, the rest of his face is black, and a wide black stripe goes down his back and tail. He also has a little white spot center forehead. He's growing fast and has long legs already, He howls, never barks (though he does whine). Also has dark brown eyes, elliptical. His tail is down when not moving and straight out when running but when walking it's curled up, though not far enough to go over his back (and constantly wagging). Thoughts?
I noticed your picture, I have a black and tan shiba inu and a red one too, and you know what they have almost an identical temperament to a wolf dog. Shibas and Japanese Akitas are pack oriented and shy as well. They're just beautiful dogs and as long as you know how to handle them they're perfectly good pets.
Good luck with your pup. I hope you've done tons of research on how to live with and manage a dog that's mostly wolf. From what I've read, you're going to have your hands full very soon, and I wish you the best.
You, at least, I hope, have lots of [non-wolf] dog experience?
Growing up I had a beagle-lab mix and so far that has proven to be my most challenging pet. I presently own two shibas which I found to be incredibly easy to train. I had both of them house-broken within 2 months and they know every command I can think of. Kodi (my new pup) has been in my possession for 2 weeks and has only gone inside 4 times, not bad for a 2 month old pup. He also already knows sit, stay, and come. So far they're the best dogs I've ever even seen. The predatory drive keeps them on leash but other than that they're just fine, and the shibas make excellent guard dogs. I've also got a large fenced in yard so they have safe room to roam. Oh, and I live in Maine, so yes they're very legal. My nextdoor neighbor had a wolfdog for fourteen years and it was an amazing animal, I used to play with it when I was just 6 years old.
congrats on your new pup !!! would love to pics of him =) you may want to google an email discussion group called wolfdogzchat ... think thats the name of it. i was a member there for awhile because i love wolves and wanted to learn as much as i could about them and wolfdogs from the experts. i learned tons and i am sure you will too.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
LOL my shibas are so far from guard dogs it isnt even funny, they have never met a stranger they love people, my partents is a guard dog though. I would like to hear more about your Shibas though, I love them but I am not getting another one, I want a dog that shows affection next time.
Haha, yea, my female is really shy around everybody and isnt very affectionate, but she's a good companion. She likes to have people around she's just not too kissy. My male believe it or not is the most loving, he's all kisses. He's also the more willfull though, and if anyone so much as touches the front steps he starts barking and howling. He's the protector I guess, lol. He and the new pup love to play.
My female, the B&T, Ruffian, is a very dominant dog, she is less so as she ages, she is now 12, but would battle any female she met at one point. My male, the Red Sesame, Tonka, has gotten more aggresive with age, he is now 10, but is pretty docile for the most part. But neither are affectionate, he never asks for attention, but she will demand it by forcing her nose under your hand. Tonka was bought as a show dog and has his CanKC Championship, but was neutered at 2 when he started having siezers. My next dog will likely a Bouvier or an AmStaff, both very affectionate breeds.
My memories of wolf mixes will be forever be tainted by a neighbor down the block who had a few wolf mixes. He loved those dogs to death, had to defend his right to keep them, etc. Then came the day he went postal at work, drove home and shot the dogs. I can still see the blood stains in the snow....
Skyman, I tried to access your myspace link, but it said I had to log in to view it. Do you have a non-private link for those of us not on myspace? I'd love to see pics. We have four Siberian Huskies, a breed that has all 15 social cues of adult wolves. So I do a lot of in-depth study in canine behavior/psyhcology to keep up on the latest research with dogs and wolves.
Does your wolfdog 'talk'? Like woowoos and chattering? I love that, all of our Huskies do that and rarely bark. I know if they are barking, there is something amiss! Good luck, I have to say I wouldn't own a wolfdog (don't agree with some of the breeding practices as you mentioned in your first post), but more power to you!
Yea, he and the shibas do the yodelling howls, they only bark when someone shows up. In their defense it was a nice environment for them, and like I said the father was the family dog and the mother just couldnt be let out because she didnt like us around her pups. I really just wanted a wolfdog because in my opinion they are the most beautiful dogs out there, and since I have experience with predatory/pack dogs I wasn't afraid of not being able to handle him (even though he's gonna be big).
So anyways we've gotten off my original question, if there's anyone around that knows a lot about wolfdogs based on the information of the pup how much wolf do you think is in there?
Oh and I'd love to set another link for the pup but I dont know where to put the pics that other people can see.
Haha I have 3 dogs now. The one that was 7-8 months is Kaiser my red shiba, he's over a year old now. The black and tan one is Kashmir, she's 2 years old. There should be a pic of the little guy laying down by the couch, isn't there?