Wolf Dogs (Or Wolf Hybrids) (1)
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.