Damages

Many of the problems faced by Wolf Dog folks are spawned from the mislabeling of northern breed Dogs as part Wolf.
This is a very involved issue that often starts silly arguments and people who love "The Wolf" in their Dog are seriously ego sensitive.
When you try to share educational information that negates one's beliefs, you tread on shaky ground.

It is important to know closely what your animals are. There are numerous reasons for this. If you have a "true" background from a breeder, it is generally going to
tell you what your animals issues "might" be, either bahavior wise or health wise, or both. Unless the breeder truly has no idea? in which case the animal is very likely
not what is represented as being.

Often breeders will have papers and sometimes these papers are registered with organizations like Continental Kennel Club?
I believe you can register a Monkey as a Wolf Dog with this registry.

So, how does one get a close idea of what their animal is? And more importantly will it make a difference to this person if there is disappointing news?


Knowing what your Dog is should have no bering on how you feel about them. This is an issue that can be detrimental to the well being of both of you.
In Nebraska in 2008, the town sued a family over 3 Dogs that were mislabeled Hybrids by their owner.
They had decided that part Wolf was too dangerous to be in the town limits. As silly as this was, it cost the family over 30K in legal fees.
Eventually they dropped the case after several Wolf Dog knowlegable people stepped in and identified the breeds.

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In Pennsylvania, a young woman was killed by her mislabeled Wolf Pack, after she fell in the fenced area starting a frenzy that no one was
sure was an attack or ? After 8 intact male Husky mixes repeatedly dragged her and she eventually bled out.
No one bothered to properly identify the Dogs.

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In Kentucky, a baby was snatched from it's crib and taken into the woods by the family dog. Photos indicated either
Shepherd / Malamute or very low content Wolf Dog, however the animal was labeled a WOLF HYBRID. The Wolf will always
be the issue.

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Many states , counties, cities are wrongfully banning Wolf Dogs due the actions of mislabeled Dogs. And still there are more and more
uneducated people breeding animals with no understanding of what they have or the results.

The Wolf & Wolf Dog rescue community is inundated with SOS calls every day. The vast majority of these animals in peril are NOT Wolf Dogs, or Hybrids,
and often they might not be in jeopardy if the truth was known. The fact that identification is difficult for most people,
including Veterinarians, County Shelters, and numerous other professionals, presents reinforcement to the bad education passed around that leads to these issues.

Veterinarians are not trained to phenotype breeds. It has little or nothing to do with the business of pet health care. A Zoo Vet might know the difference between a Wolf and a Wolfie looking Dog, however not all of them as we have evidence of that as well.

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard these stories??

1) We saw the parents, and we know that they were Wolves.
2) Ours were pulled from the den because the mother was killed.
3) One of the parents was a pure Timber Wolf, and our pup was born in September.
4) I know because he has different teeth then a dog, and yellow eyes.
5) She's an Arctic because she's white.
6) Our Vet even agrees.  (he wants your business, so of course he does)


Each and every time a Dog is mislabeled, a similar story accompanies the situation. Those who are educated know these are all fabricated lies,
either by the Dog's owners or the breeder who passed it on?

If someone cannot tell their own Dog's heritage, how would they know the parents?
Pulling wild pups from a den is a federal offense that doesn't become a public auction.
Wolves as we know them today, or high content Wolf Dogs DO NOT breed in any other months except winter. Pups are whelped
in spring. Latitudes may vary times from March until June.
Dogs and Wolves have the same number of teeth. Wolves canines can be up to 2" long.

 


 

Pheno Tips

Choose Wisely

Wolf Dogs are a subject that can never really be mastered. The Wolf has always drawn people with imagination and a taste for the out of bounds.
Since childhood, the Wolf has been preceded by "Big Bad", and a variety of other villainous roles, even today the latest craze in Vampire films uses the Wolf in a negative light. Many people have these thoughts imbedded in their minds, and as a result Wolf Dogs must overcome the myths that have labeled them dangerous.

Wolf Dogs have existed as man's companion animals for hundreds or maybe thousands of years.
Today there is more misinformation than ever about the animals that are so intriguing.

A Wolf Dog is a large canine that is most often mislabeled and misunderstood.
Although there are many success stories about people and their Wolf Dogs, there are still far too many unnecessary failures.
In order to achieve a positive relationship with a Wolf Dog, there is many necessary things to know and accept.
These steps do not always apply to every animal, but it is best to know some things and never need them than it is to need them and not know them.

If you are considering bringing a Wolf Dog into your life? You must first be honest with yourself as to the reasons.
Far too many animals are acquired impulsively, and the endings are tragic for the animals.

1) Are you ready to commit to 15 years of love and care?

Wolf Dogs are not a throw away item. Obtaining your friend requires a lifetime commitment. Their love is unconditional, and requires the same in return.

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2) Are you financially able to build safe adequate containment?

Wolf Dogs are known to be escape artists. They have been able to open gates, climb fences, jump over 6 ft. fences, and tunnel out.
Proper safe containment prevents escape and offers room to run as well as dry safe shelter.These enclosures can cost between $500. and ??????

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3) Are you commited to resolving all training issues?

Training a Wolf Dog starts immediately. Most Wolf Dogs are not going to listen to you like a Dog will. They are far too interested in
everything to concentrate. Depending on how much Wolf you are dealing with might dictate just how difficult some things are.
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4) Are Wolf Dogs legal where you live?

Many states have already outlawed Wolf Dog ownership, and in some legal states there are counties, towns etc, that have banned them.You should check with your immediate local government regarding local laws.

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5) Are you aware that 1 Wolf Dog often does not work, leading to 2.

If you have plenty of time to spend with your Wolf Dog and are able to keep it in the house with you, odds are you won't need to find it a buddy.
However, the majority of people work, are gone 8 or more hours a day and the animal is alone. Wolf Dogs are pack oriented. They suffer from loneliness and separation anxiety, causing them to try and escape, or become depressed.A friend is often the answer. Lower content Wolf Dogs are usually fine with Dogs. I personally like to match them by personality.

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6) Do you have neighbors who you will need to educate?

People often fear what they don't understand. If you have neighbors that will be exposed to your Wolf Dogs, you may need
to educate them to prevent problems. Many animals end up in peril due to neighbors who are afraid or don't like the howling at night. Where you live is important.

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7) Can you afford proper diet for your Wolf Dogs?

This subject has skeptics, however it is a belief that Soy based Dog foods are a leading cause of numerous
digestive tract issues, including Cancer. Many Wolf Dog folks believe in raw diets. We do both, and find that quality dry dog foods are essential for supplements.

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8) Will your Vet provide you with services for them?

Once again depending on where you are, in some places Vets will not treat Wolf dogs.Some Vets are simply myth defied.

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9) Do you have the time to spend with them each day that they require?

A lone Wolf Dog needs your time. Alone it will become distant in some cases,
and you might find it to become unsocial, difficult, and sometimes untouchable.

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10) Are there people who will help you if you are ill, away, or detained for any reason?

Whoever you leave to sit in your place while you're gone must be someone the animal accepts. It should be someone who
has an understanding of how to deal with certain things normal, and some not.




These and more questions need to be addressed before one acquires a Wolf Dog.
Depending on the Wolf content of your animal(s) will dictate some of the hurdles you might face.
Depending on how dedicated you are with them immediately will determine how social they will be throughout their lives, and what you will be able to do with them.
And the education never ends for you if you wish to be the best friend.

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There are a few ways to acquire your new friend, and a few ways to learn about them if you are ready to take the steps. Volunteering at a Wolf Dog Sanctuary is a great way to learn the differences between animals based upon Dog breeds in the mix, and what is considered guessed Wolf content.
It doesn't mean that everyone there will provide you with facts, as there are many myths and misunderstandings all over the animal world, but if you are a
person of logic and common sense, you will gradually grasp the tools you need to overcome most of the tasks.


Adopting a Wolf Dog has it's plusses. Most often the animal will have already been evaluated, altered, Vetted, and sometimes even trained.
You often have the option of visiting a facility prior to adoption and getting to know the animal.
Costs are considerably lower.



Locating animals from a breeder is actually quite more involved.
Although there are ads all over the Internet for Wolf Hybrid pups, how does one select the right breeder or pup?
What do you look for or listen to? How much should a quality Wolf Dog pup be?
What kind of support does a breeder guarantee?
Will he/she take back the animal at any time if things go awry?
What kind of facility does this breeder have? Or is this not a commercial breeder?
Does anyone recommend this breeder?


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Phenotyping,( in this case, the art of guessing Wolf content and breeds involved)  
has always been a great theory and it can be entertaining for enthusiasts and can cause wars for many of the misguided.
What phenotyping can do is act as a template for appearances and breeds involved. It often tells what lineage in a particular subject animal.
HOWEVER, no one can phenotype %, and the F Generation is seldom correct.
In short, most people don't truly understand the essence of what the modern day Wolf Dog has evolved to.


There are some fairly astounding facts that most people are not aware of. Much of these facts disprove everything that is widely taught about Wolf Dogs.
  Do Dog genes exist in the re-introduction packs. Many of the animals are visually evident.

There are people who have followed the domestic breeding programs and history of Wolf Dogs for some time.
Presenting information on this subject might be ever changing and history tends to taint itself as details are left out and forgotten.
Theory however is what it is, and it will always raise doubt to the validity of common beliefs.


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Education is non stop. Things are disproven and altered all the time. The most important thing is to know your capabilities and limits.

Think logically, choose wisely, and remember that animals have hearts, minds, and feelings that seldom if ever overcome abandonment.


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Phenotyping

The ability to see the different breeds in dogs can take many years of learning. Genetics are a deep and involved subject that continues to evolve as biologists learn more. That information being passed down to us laymen, along with practical experience and a willingness to share opinions, allows the debate of phenotyping.
This somewhat scientific guessing game is often the only way to evaluate animals and often problem solve. However science is fickle, and even the best can miss a clue.

In the Wolf Dog world, there are those who have a strong understanding of phenotyping due to years of research, breeding, and knowledge of history.
The subject may be so indepth that it is a major task to cover without writing a book.

Below are just a handful of tips that might help someone to see or identify similarities. Not all traits are limited, and many canine breeds can have similar physical issues.
Putting them all together can only be a guess, often an educated guess, but Wolf % cannot be stated other than approximate. No 2 Wolf Dogs or even Wolves will be identical. Like people, they all have faces and personalities, and all are genetically connected to their direct upline.  Canine behavior is learned behavior, either in the wild or domesticly, but all canines will have similar issues.

To have a good understanding of identification goes beyond pictures and reading. Hands on experience is crucial.