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i have always wanted a wolf dog.. i have always loved wolves since i was a kid in elementary. theyve been my idol for a decade! ive researched and found that wolf dogs come in a variety of "levels" and "wolfy personality".. i concluded that id want a low-blood wolfdog, like the daughter of two wolfdogs from a long line of domesticated wolves and huskies/german shepherds.

but i bring this up to my friends and they all act like said im adopting a wolverine!

i dont plan on this adoption for at LEAST 7-8 years, probably 10. that should give me ample time for my daughter to grow up, winston to mature [yea right, like that would happen ever!], and to research a breeder that meets all my high standards.

what do you guys think of wolfdogs? what do you think of adopting a wolfdog? one with very diluted wolf blood?

my friends all tell me to just get a husky or a malamute. but i dont like the classic masked face and they just.. dont look all too wolfy, really. i had a friend who had an "alaskan malamute". now HE looked like a wolf. but im pretty positive it was because he DID have wolf in him. i think i have a picture i can dig up if anyone is curious and wants to debunk or prove my theory.
 

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I'm going to let others jump in here, but before I do, I suggest you take a look at the wolf-dog topics on this forum. And spend the next few years thinking very critically about why you want a wolf-dog.
 

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Why do you want a wolf/dog hybrid? If it is because of looks alone, you are going about this the wrong way.

I am going to leave the partculars to people who have more experience, but, choosing on looks and because you have always liked wolves is not the right reason to get a wolf/dog hybrid.
 

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There are quite a few threads on this forum about them. Use the search feature and read through them.
 

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no, its not just for the looks. its a mixture between wanting something different or a challenge [hence the waiting] and spirituality. i know how unpredictable they can be, how they can run away for weeks, howl, be either aggressive or dangerously timid.. which is why i want one with low blood from a very "doggy" line of wolfdogs.. and i wouldnt get a puppy. not too old, but old enough so the personality of the dog can be confirmed. im not stupid.
 

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no, its not just for the looks. its a mixture between wanting something different or a challenge [hence the waiting] and spirituality. i know how unpredictable they can be, how they can run away for weeks, howl, be either aggressive or dangerously timid.. which is why i want one with low blood from a very "doggy" line of wolfdogs.. and i wouldnt get a puppy. not too old, but old enough so the personality of the dog can be confirmed. im not stupid.
No one said you were stupid. I asked because you simply mentioned that you had liked them since elementary school.

Owning a hybrid is not for everyone. As has been suggested, search on the forums and you will find a lot of information.
 

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I had two proven wolf hybrids when I was growing up. A father and son, that were 75% Timber Wolf and 25% Alaskan Malamute. They aren't like any dogs you will ever have. I loved them to death, but they are often wild and out of control, despite training. The two we had were unbelievable escape artists and could get out of their kennel easily. They were leary of strangers, and very VERY noisy. Not to mention keeping up on grooming was impossible.

Still, I miss them.
 

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i know you didnt call me stupid :p im just putting that out there before you do. i know some people who want wolfdogs too. because theyre coooool! and they howl like real wolves!!
 

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75% wolf? daang.. thats crazy.. and dangerous lol. im looking for the opposite. NO MORE than 25%.. and again, an older pup or adult.
 

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sorry, im new here. i didnt figure to search through old threads. thats the thing about being an "oldie"..you see a lot of the same stuff over and over.
 

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Very few people- VERY few- have any business owning a hybrid. I'm not sure breeding wolves even can be ethical. Wolves are wild animals, to breed and own them . . .

If you like the look, there are dogs bred specifically to look like wolves. As to a challenge, get a shelter dog with behavior issues. Muggsy, my old dog, was one. I loved him, he was my best friend, but that was 12 years of struggle and worry. And spirituality? Yeesh, don't involve wild animals in your spiritual quests. They're not here to fulfill your spiritual needs.

I'm not trying to be rude, but wolf hybrids make me sad. Some people can do well by them, but mostly, it's a creature with competing instincts at the most basic level that belongs neither here nor there.
 

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If you have any sort of ideas that it might be possible for your wolf/dog mix to "run away for weeks" (or even for a few minutes), please don't get one. Proper containment is the wolf/dog owner's biggest responsibility.
 

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If you have any sort of ideas that it might be possible for your wolf/dog mix to "run away for weeks" (or even for a few minutes), please don't get one. Proper containment is the wolf/dog owner's biggest responsibility.
Yes. I was thinking about the right way to word this.

Wolf hybrids require a special type of fencing in order to safely contain them. A normal backyard fence won't cut it.
 

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There are also a lot of breeds that are very wolf-y but are not hybrids. I think one of these would probably suit most people's need for a "wolfdog". A huge advantage of these breeds is you don't have the legal issues involved in owning a hybrid and you're getting something with a much more predictable temperament.

Tamaskan




Czech Wolfdog




Saarloos Wolfdog (seem the most "wolf-y" to me):





Not to mention the nordic breeds that can look quite wolf-y and certainly are independent enough to be a challenge :)

Siberian Husky, agouti colored




 

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I don't know much about wolf hybrids other than I would never own one.

If you want something that still looks wolfy and seems to me, from what I've read, to be a great dog, maybe look up Tamaskans? They were bred to look like wolves but they are all dog. Certainly not a dog for everyone, of course, but you've got time to research.

Also, they're a newer breed, so they might be harder to come by. Stay away from Right Puppy kennels.

Edit: Whoops, Aleron beat me to it.
 

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czech wolfdogs have wolf in them, from what i researched. that was actually my first option. timber wolf and german shepherd dog cross.

how rare/expensive are agouti-colored malamutes or a tamaskan?

in my state, it is legal to own a wolf hybrid. and part of wanting a wolfdog is spiritual, so i really want wolf blood in it or it defeats the metaphysical purpose, you know?

and of course i will research the breeder who i get ANY future pets from to make sure they are up to my high standards and not a puppy mill. some of my expectations are that the puppies are breastfed and weaned naturally, and given a grain-free food or fed raw. none of that ol'roy crap winston got for his first food.
 

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I guess I don't understand the spiritual or metaphysical benefits to keeping a wolf (or wolf mix) in captivity. What's up with that?

Make sure you look into all the legalities (even if the state allows them, the municipality or county may not), what kind of permits you need, etc. Find out if you're allowed to build a 12-foot fence where you live (zoning laws frequently don't allow fences over 6 feet), find a good supplier of raw meat, and be sure to find a vet that will treat a wolf mix before you get the animal (a lot of vets won't). Research their dietary needs, containment requirements, medical considerations, and what age to spay/neuter.

You can also look into rescue. A ton of wolf/dogs end up in rescue because their owners weren't ready for them.
 
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