Wolf Dogs (Or Wolf Hybrids) (1)   29 comments

Wolf Dogs (Or Wolf Hybrids) (1)

A wolf dog (also known as a wolf hybrid or wolf-dog hybrid) is a dog with recent wolf heritage.



The majority of first generation wolf dogs are created by crossing Grey Wolves with domestic dogs – usually German Shepherd Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes and/or Siberian Huskies- these breeds bearing the closest resemblance the wild pure-bred wolves.  Any wolf dog has a pure wolf ancestor somewhere within the last five generations. These animals are very different breeds from domestic dogs. And their genetic mix makes not only their physical characteristics unpredictable but also their behaviour.   It is very important to understand that without the appropriate handling, good, rounded socialisation and proper training, and if they are unhappy in their surroundings that they have the potential to become a very serious and dangerous problem.


The term “wolf hybrid,” is technically inaccurate. A ‘hybrid” is the offspring of two different species. In 1993 the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) was reclassified and is now classed as a domestic variant of the Grey (Timber) Wolf (Canis lupus).



Wolf dogs are not wild animals. They are domestic animals with special needs. They were created by humans and for some they are “exotic pets”. They are dependent on humans for food and protection, and often for companionship. A wolf dog will not survive alone in the wild.  Ultimately it will starve to death, die from disease, attacks by other animals or it may well be shot.


Wolves are naturally timid around humans. This is also true of their high content wolf dog cousins. They will not make good protection and security dogs! 


Most wolf dogs have a very high prey drive.  This also applies to a number of other breeds including Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.  Anything that is small, fast and squeals, as often occurs with young children or other pets will spark the wolf dog’s instinctive prey drive. Some wolf dogs if they are raised amongst them will be absolutely fine with them, but this cannot be guaranteed especially with an adopted wolf dog.


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  2. i disagree dove, i have several dogs, all who have at one stage or another been left alone with my children. if you train them then you will know how they will react in any circumstance. my english bull terrier has slept in my sons room since the day we got her, he was just 5, never had any problems. the attacks happen when people who have no business owning a toy dog let alone a real one, buy or aquire a dog which is totally unsuited to them. owners should be made to undergo training with their dog in a national scheme, those that fail shouldnt get dogs. staffies became popular because they were thought of as macho dogs, increasing the penis length by several inches apparently, only they do take some trianing to get the aggression part under control.as for the wolfies, not sure why you would want someting that is clearly only going to be a handful, it can only be for the ‘image’ thing again.

  3. Suki x B(Offline)wrote: Hi thereIt is hard to believe that a Poodle or a King Charles Spaniel are related to the wolf! But never the less they are! Are you a handful my little wolfie friend?? I wonder how your get a penis extention by a dog?? the mind boggles grrrrrLove Suki xyes I did die laughing!

  4. I wonder Little dove why you point out about the little baby being left with a staff ?? the little baby was left with two dogs, not just a staff.. its horrific what happened to the poor little love but it seems you may have something against the staff dog or a misunderstanding ?.I have a staffy who is a total soft lump and adores children, he has been left alone with children also and done nothing except lie at the doorway to protect them from any intruders.I have to agree ith DAI LAFFIN totaly on this subject…I have grown up with german shepherds and staffys and never had a problem, if there is trouble 9 out 10 times the problem is the owner..

  5. Hello Timid one !I believe the time has come for me to vent my spleen on irresponsible dog owners. After hearing all the bad press about dog attacks of late, I have become enraged with these people who become owners of dogs only to allow them to become (or indeed deliberately make them) aggressive, and then walk out in public with them unleashed.These people should be severely dealt with, they are in fact out in public with a loaded gun, yet if the gun should go off then it is the poor animal that is made to suffer, this, I feel is totally wrong and cannot be justified in anyway at all. If a dog attacks a human it is because the owner is unaware of the dogs temperament, or they are using the dog as a weapon, in both cases they are at fault and should be made to pay for their mistake.To simply destroy the dog and slap the hand of its owner is quite unacceptable. If a dog kills a human as is what has happened over the last week, then the owner of the dog should be charged with manslaughter . If I am driving a car irresponsibly and I kill someone it is not the car that has killed that person it is me, so if I am the owner of a dog and it kills someone then the same principle should apply. A dog can inflict horrific injuries to a child in the blink of an eye, indeed it can kill a child within moments and the sooner dog owners understand this the better.There are around 3,000 dog attacks a year in Britain, yet, the present outbreak of media frenzy only highlights the incidents that have occured over the past few days, yet, dogs are attacking people every day of the week and all but a few are swept under the carpet, the owners of these dogs are allowed to walk free and due to a loophole in the law a convicted owner of a dangerous dog can still sell that dog on to any unsuspecting party.This loophole must be closed and even more stringent measures put into place so dogs and their owners can be properly monitored. I propose that any person convicted of owning a dangerous dog should not only be banned from walking the dog in public, (muzzled or not) but also be placed on a list of dangerous dog owners and this list made available to the general public. Stricter control is the answer, the dangerous dog act should, and must be reviewed and strengthened if we are to be able to walk in the park etc without being worried about being savaged. The law encouraged the persecution and subsequent eradication of the wolf in Britain hundreds of years ago,yet, allows to this day irresponsible people to own and run free their dangerous dogs; this is quite wrong and must be stopped.It has been hundreds of years since the population of Britain has been threatened by wild animal attacks; long gone are the days of beasts entering villages at night to steal away and devour our young children,however, now we find the reputation of responsible dog owners being placed in the firing line once again, because of the stupid mentality of people that neither know nor care what exactly it is that they have on the end of the leash. Most dogs are gentle and loving and ask for nothing more than to be allowed to please their owners at every opportunity; they fully deserve their title of being "mans best friend". If I have stirred you ~ then let me say, "it was my intention". He who runs faster than the wind.

  6. Thankyou all for your thought-provoking comments….please don’t all turn on each other at once!! And to think I nearly didn’t post this blog on the grounds that yet another wolfie offering on this space would attract little or no interest! (posted anyway out of sheer pig-headedness!)Ok….in no particular order…… Dai….with respect, I have to disagree with you on this one. No matter how well trained a dog is, how well you have it’s aggressive part under control and no matter how well you know it, you can never have 100% guarantee that you will know how it’s going to react in absolutely ANY and EVERY circumstance. That is not realistic. We can’t even say that about ourselves, much less about another spieces that is essentially wolf and ultimately will react by wolf instinct.I was surprised that you, as someone who re-trains/rehab’s aggressive dogs seemed so anti the Wolf-Dog….on the basis that they were ‘clearly going to be a handful’…..are the problem aggressive dogs destined for death row that you take on, and give 2nd chance to, not a handful then? Wolf dogs are not the only dogs with a very high prey drive, and as with other breeds such as Malamutes and Huskies, with proper handling shouldn’t be any more of a handful than any other breed. Hi-content wolf dogs in particular are very timid around humans, showing a great deal more wariness than a standard domestic dog would. For that reason they do not make good protection and security dogs. And why should they just be an ‘image thing’? Not all of us are that shallow. Some of us seek the bonding with the wolf spirit they carry within themselves.Katie – it’s understandable that as a Staff owner you should feel outraged by their bad coverage. But it is the media that hi-lights these dogs and demonises them to the general public. Along with the irresponsible headcases who train them for extreme aggression then use them as dangerous weapons. There is also the problem of them being confused with Pit Bulls. But be honest….can you really be 100% sure that your dog could never, under any circumstances, be a threat? Not because it’s a Staff but because it’s a dog-with a wolf spirit and an instinctive prey drive? Like any dog? 9times out of 10 as you said, the problem is undoubtedly stupid, ignorant owners – some owners need taking out and shooting. But what about the 1 time out of 10 that it is not the owner? The one time that loveable would’nt-hurt-a-flea, K9 best friend for one reason or another turns into the demon dog from hell? It happens.Little Dove – With you completely on this one – no dog of any breed should ever be left alone with children. It only takes one fleeting moment for tragedy to occur but the consequences last a lifetime. He who runs faster than the wind – totally agree with what you said and plenty of food for thought there. To pick up on just one point – destroying the dog whilst the owner just gets a slapped hand – this is what I can never understand….a dog is condemned without trial and despite there being decent, genuine people out there, willing and able to re-train and rehabilitate aggressive/problem dogs if humanly possible, they are, as you say, simply destroyed. This is criminally wrong and totally, completely unacceptable. Another example of a society that doesn’t care.I would definately back your proposal about dangerous dog owners. It should be mandatory that people convicted of owning dangerous dogs should be banned not only from keeping dogs but also from taking any form of control whatsoever over any dog – for life. With the threat of a further conviction if they break the ban. In any shape or form.Timid one.Suki – the mind does boggle somewhat as regards how you get a penis extension by a dog!!! (Were you speaking from experience Dai?!!! Do tell!!!)Am I a handful?….lol!! Most definately Suki!! Wild and untameable…lol!! An insurmountable challenge for even the most confident alpha male!!! ;))If I still have any friends left…lol!…after posting this…..thank you once again to you all for your time and interest. And respect to you each as individuals, for your frank and honest comments on what’s proved to be rather more emotive and controversial subject than anticipated! EIW 😉

  7. i love these stories i have two german shepherds and love them but when playing they nip qiute hard and get out of control maybe thats the wolf pack bit in them then do you think xxjen

  8. 2 GSDs? lol! You’ve got your hands full! You need to be firm with them espec with that nipping, and make sure they know exactly who’s pack leader….not them!! If you don’t take control they will! I love GSDs above all other domestic breeds. They’re almost a wolf! But they’re also beautiful, intelligent protective dogs and I’d give my right arm to have one! Maybe one day….when dreams and reality meet!! ;))


  10. LITTLE DOVE. If you don’t know how to get a dogs penis several inches longer, then follow me and I shall show you how !! woofy woof woof :))

  11. If I have understood this correctly: then it is not the dogs penis that becomes larger. It is in the mind of the dog owner that his own penis has become larger. Well that is the way I understand it to be. I could be wrong !

  12. um?, its like getting a big fast car or bike, they think it makes them look harder more agressive and not one to be taken lightly. ive met a lot of owners who have this mentality, they think that by looking ‘hard’ they can get more girls and be tougher than other men. it reflects purely on our own ape-man past, only the tough get to reproduce. ergo, the big tough dogs make the penis bigger and gets more women.

  13. Hi Europa, I fully agree its not all that wise to leave any dog alone with a baby or toddler, i just seem to come across time and time again how people seem to put staffys out to be wild nasty beasts.. All dogs have a certain instinct in them that can do harm you never know if it will show of course unless they show pretty obvious signs of nervousness and aggression.I just dont know when it will sink in with some people in this world that a staffy is not evil..

  14. Hi Katie, people stereotype don’t they? In the case of the poor staffy a few bad apples get understandably bad press and the whole batch is tarred with the same brush. It’s very unfair because as you so said 9 times out of 10 it’s the owner’s fault and even with the remaining 1 out of 10 I guess it is the owner indirectly….in the sense that such a bad temperament can very often be attributed to bad breeding therefore the blame lies with the irresponsible breeders….and I won’t get onto the subject of puppy farms…..

  15. true wolfie, ‘pig’ my staffie dalmation vross comes fromliverpool where they breed them so you get a dog larger, stronger and with more stamina than your usual staffie, and as the dalmation, contrary to popular opinion is an agressive dog by breeding, get the worst of both sides. hewas taken in a riad and was being trained to fight,he was moved down here by the rspca nd i got him. he was a bit ‘wild’ whenhe first came in, now he sleeps onme daughters bed and obeys all commands given to him, like i said, tis the owners not the dogs. (why can’t we put them down instead)

  16. Dog fighting…barbaric blood ‘sport’. If the owners are so hungry for bloodshed and suffering they should be pitted against each other in their dog fighting rings like the ‘gladiators’ they think they are. Then they can suffer the same way their dogs do. Nothing more than these twisted people deserve. ‘Pig’ had a lucky escape then. I should think he was more than ‘a bit wild’ when you got him. Quite a challenge to transform him into his present-day self I would guess. So…you’d have no trouble with wolf-dog would you?… You would with an extra-terrestrial icewolf tho!! You’re rit about Dalmatians….most people would never think of them as an aggressiv breed or as a war dog. Your achievements with ‘Pig’ are commendable…must have taken a lot of time and dedication to retrain/re-condition his aggression instinct…..

  17. Well you have certainly stirred up some controversy here Wolfie! Well done to Dai for taking in an RSPCA dog and retraining it, clearly you have made a good family pet of it. We had a Cavalier King Charles (yes wolfie I know a little lap dog) she was the sweetest nature but I would never leave her alone with a baby or small child, no matter how integrated into the domestic scene, any dog still has his ‘wolf’ origins and is a member of the pack any new comer such as a baby poses a threat and must be put in it’s place, hence the importance of supervising any dog with small children.Keep up the good work and the controversySuki x

  18. Lol….! So it would seem Suki! lol… And I thought it was such a quiet unassuming little blog I was posting!! 😉 Cav’s are sweet little dogs…my friends had a tri-coloured one but it has to be said she was very rebellious and the slightest hint of an open door and she was out of it and running….fast and far! I think another aspect of safeguarding children with dogs is to begin teaching the them as early as possible the right way to treat a dog and how to react to different behaviours, hopefully reducing the risk of danger occurring. That said, I still maintain no child should be left alone and unsupervised with their K9 friend….it only takes once for disaster to strike.

  19. Wonderful information. I have also read the prior comments about dog fights. Horrible to take a puppy and train it to become a potential killer as it gets older!

  20. I understand they use other dogs with their jaws taped up so they can’t defend themselves as bait during ‘training’ and to test their level of aggressiveness and blood lust for fighting suitability. They also use other small animals such as cats. These so-called people are cruel barbaric insults to decent human beings. Lining them all up against a wall and shooting the lot would be too good for them. Throw them to their dogs would be a good starting point though.

  21. thanks suki only igot 5 of them, all off the hit list for aggression the others i retrain and they get rehomed

  22. Dai, My staffy’s nickname is ‘ Vin Pig ‘ … Hes Called Vinnie otherwise !! He grunts like a pig, looks like a pig and because of his white fur, when hes warm you can see all his skin underneath all pink like a pig !!.And he does this strange walk type thing where he puts his head down flops his ears about and tips his head side to side, when he comes over to people all lovey dovey..kinda reminds everybody of a pig… :-)Im adding pics of him later on on my space in the album ‘ My Little Man ‘..Talking about dogs trained for fighting, My mum rescued a staffy called Tia who resembles a big Seal, she was used as bait to train other dogs and had her throat all ripped out but survived.. At first she was a bit wild.. but now shes surrounded by guinea pigs which are her ‘Puppys’ and a cat which lies in her bed with her, and shes so soft and chilled out !!..And Hiiiii Europa !!!! Name change again…. Katie J AKA Crystal 🙂 Kindly Given to me by Dreamwalker & Dave R..

  23. And how many name changes and profile pic changes have taken place in the last 24hrs Crystal…Katie!!! Must be at least 2 pics and the name at the last count! ;))

  24. I find it a struggle to choose……. 😀 I thought i had better put both Katie J & Crystal for now ;-D

  25. really good blog love the special needs comment in it my fritz is a special needs dog drives me nuts every day xxjen

  26. Thank you for this informative post. I did not know anything about this topic.

  27. Hello There! 😀 I have a wolf dog. He is part husky and you’re right about the prey drive! I have 3 cats and they all get along just fine but anytime they dart off quickly, he is instantly drawn to them. He doesn’t hurt them but that is only because he was raised with them. To this day, we always discourage this behaviour and he never actually gets the cats, but the instant to chase it is very high.

  28. My friend (she was unsual) had two Mexican Timber Wolves. I spent a lot of time around them. Magnificient creatures! But not for pets. She had huge spaces and twenty foot fences!!! They were so fun to be around…..But they were wolves!!!

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