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Angola’s Maximum Security Wolf-Dogs Patrolling!   39 comments


Wolf-Dogs On Patrol!

Guard Duty At Angola Maximum Security Prison!

The consequences of mismanagement of dogs and irresponsible ownership often due to a lack of general knowledge of animal care and ignorance about the breed they own can be very serious, with the potential to lead to euthanasia for the offending animal.

Angola's Wolf Dogs

Credit: Rush Jagoe for the Wall Street Journal

Wolf-dog “Chief “of British Colombia wolf and German shepherd ancestry is a prime example of when things go wrong and an animal is allowed to get out of control.

According to local residents Chief would frequently “escape from his owners’ property and terrorize them.” A Pointe Coupee Parish ‘Animal Control Ordinance’ states that: All dogs must be confined to an owner’s property, or secured on a leash when they are not.”

The result of these allegations was a court order for his destruction for aggressive behaviour. Chief was lucky. His story made the papers and was seen by state Prison Officials at the 18,000-acre maximum security prison known as Angola -the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections State Penitentiary at Angola. Their request to use Chief as a guard dog at Angola was approved, and an order releasing him from custody was signed by Judge James Best of 18th Judicial District Court..

Angola’s Prison Warden

“When we saw this dog in the paper, we thought it would be a shame to euthanize it.” ~Deputy Warden Bruce Dodd .

Angola which has 5,300 inmates. More than half who have been convicted of killing someone, and three quarters whom are serving life sentences without parole.

The state prison has developed a program which since 2011 has used wolf-dogs such as Chief deployed at night to patrol within perimeter fencing encircling the prison’s individual camps. The wolf dogs regularly guard at least three of the seven camps that make up the complex.

Combined with the use of surveillance cameras, the program has helped secure the prison following personnel layoffs related to recent budget cuts 105 out of 1,200 officers have been cut and 35 of the 42 guard towers now stand empty on the 18,000-acre prison grounds. Some states have chosen to replace them with cameras and motion sensors.

"I will use anything I can, it costs $20,000 a day to catch an escapee. It may take me 100 people to cover the streams and creeks and roads. I have to pay all those people overtime. The wolf dogs are a strong psychological deterrent. The wolf ate Grandma," ~ Warden Burl Cain

They also save money. “The average correctional officer at Angola earns about $34,000 a year, By comparison the canine program, which includes about 80 dogs—the wolf hybrids along with other breeds for other tasks— costs about $60,000 annually for medical care, supplies and food.” ~ prison spokesman

The Breeding Programme

“We actually breed wolf hybrids here and raise them. Chief’s aggressive behaviour would make him a perfect fit among the dozen or more wolf dog hybrids already on duty at the prison. That’s the purpose of them. We don’t want them to be vicious killers, but to be aggressive. They become a security measure.” ~Dodd

Before being allowed out on patrol Chief will undergo training with a handler.

Prison Dogs on Patrol in Angola2

Credit: Rush Jagoe for the Wall Street Journal

However according to Chief’s original owner, he has lived with herself and her son, who he was purchased for at 5 weeks old, and has been raised and cared for by, and whilst she is very happy Chief is now off death row, says;

“He’s not going to do well without us. We’re his family. I think he’s going to be really, really stressed. We keep him inside our air-conditioned home. I feed him oatmeal for breakfast. You think they’re going to feed him that?” ~ Vicky Smith

The understanding between Angola and the court, says all of the prison’s dogs are “well kept and given top veterinarian care.”

“Chief is harmless and has never “bit or hurt anyone. It’s not right what they’re doing. I was going to sell my house and move out of the parish to keep my dog. I want my dog back, but once he goes to Angola I don’t think I’ll get him.” ~ Vicky Smith

Notable Wolf-dogs of the Breeding Programme

  • Full-blooded timber wolf -Sanak, (Su-nack,) is the mother of the vast majority of Angola’s Wolf-dogs, and her current mate, Zeus-the German Shepherd Dog is kennelled next to her.

This is Mr. Cain’s second attempt at developing a breeding programme after a first and unsuccessful experimental breeding program in 2005. This had involved breeding Lobo – a Mexican wolf with dogs to produce tracker dogs to re-capture escapee prisoners. But they proved unpredictable and had little interest in protecting their handlers. 2008’s Hurricane Gustav freed Lobo to flee after a damaged tree smashed into his kennel.

  • Wolf is a 120-pound amber eyed canine cross between a wolf and a malamute:

“Wolf is the biggest of the hybrids. He showed his speed and predatory nature recently when a wild turkey flew into the pen; he caught and killed it before it could get back out.” ~Warden Burl Cain.

Training and Patrolling

“Each animal has about 330 yards of territory and can cover it ‘very quickly’. The animals mark their territory when put on duty.

“Nobody yet has tried to overpower or outrun them. Inmates are keenly aware of the four-legged security force prowling the perimeter.” ~ Lou Cruz, 55 years old, serving life for a murder he committed in Jefferson Parish near Gretna in 1981.

You might run but they’re going to catch you.” ~ Daryl Aucoin, Inmate dog handler

Prison Dogs on Patrol in Angola Credit: Rush Jagoe for the Wall Street Journal

”How do you train a wolf dog? Very carefully and with lots of hot dogs. It takes a lot of time. Wolves are like other canines. They’re pack animals. And they are slow to trust. Unlike other dogs, which might listen to any number of handlers, the wolf dogs "will listen to only one of us," ~ Capt. Robert Tyler, the primary trainer.

“I’m just glad for the dog. It’s a beautiful ending and the community got some relief. The dog is going to provide good service and be well taken care of.”~ Judge James Best of 18th Judicial District Court after signing the order to release Chief to Angola.


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The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog   12 comments

Czechoslovakian Wolf-Dogs (Vlcak)

(The Family-Friendly Wolf-Dog Smile)

A relatively new breed of dog bred originally by Mr Ing. Karel Hartel, from Male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) “Ceaser z Brezoveho haje,” and “Brita” a Carpathian wolf, at the Libejovice breeding centre, South Bohemia in May 1958. Brita was later bred again with GSD “Kurt z Vaklavky” to produce a 2nd line of Czech Wolf-dogs. A 3rd line was born from the mating of the he-wolf “Argo” and GSD “Asta z SNB” in a police kennel in Bychory.  Most of the crossbred dogs were transferred to a new breeding centre in Malacky in 1970’s (part of the frontier guard in Bratislava). Here the 3rd wolf to be introduced “Sark” was mated with two 3rd generation wolf-dog bitches “Xela z Pohranicini straze” and “Urta z Pohranicini straze.” The last crossbreeding took place in 1983, between she-wolf “Lady” and GSD “Bojar von Schotterhof” in Libejovice. One of the resulting pups, “Kazan z Pohranicini straze” was then used for the direct breeding of The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog and since then only pure bred Czech wolf dogs have been used for breeding.

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The Czechoslovakian wolf-dog (Vlcak) is a shining example of strength, grace and ferocity. More compact than the Saarlooswolf-dog, it bears a very close resemblance to the wolf.  It has amber eyes and its long and slightly bushy tail is usually carried upright, whilst its coat, dense, straight, and thick ranges in colour from yellow-grey to silver-grey with a light mask. The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is an elegant creature moving at a steady and enduring cantering pace; its graceful movements are light and well-balanced, and its steps long.

It was first officially recognised as a breed in 1982 by the International Cynological Federation (FCI) after a long battle by Mr Ing. Karel Hartel when the first 43 pups were registered in Praha. From 1982 – 1991 a further 1552 pups were successfully registered. (Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog Breed Standard, Standard F.C.I. c 332/28.04.1994/ (Ceskoslovensky Vlcak) )


Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs are quick, lively and very active, Fearless, courageous and full of purpose and drive they are ready for anything. The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog makes a wonderful and versatile companion. Unlike the Saarlooswolf-dog, shyness is a disqualifying fault in the Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs.

The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog bonds well not only with their owner, but with the whole family but not very well with anybody else as they can be very wary around strangers. It will learn to live happily with other family pets though there may be problems if it meets unfamiliar animals.

Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs have a great love of hunting and in order to avoid displays of aggression towards smaller animals when it reaches adulthood it is very important to control this instinct while they are still puppies. The puppy should never be isolated in the kennel; it must be socialized and get used to different surroundings. Female Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs are generally easier to control, but both sexes will most likely experience a difficult adolescence and they need an extremely firm and patient hand in training.

Czech Wolf-dogs

The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog is very playful and temperamental. It is intelligent and learns easily but as with all training it needs time and commitment.  To achieve a stable and reliable standard can take a little longer than the average for standard specialized breeds. The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog by nature needs a purpose to its training in order to maintain its motivation, so it will need variety and interest.  They are ideal for tracking and very good at following trails as they have very sharp senses. They also work well in the pack being a very purposeful and independent breed. They will be happy working by night if required or by day.  As with other wolf-dogs barking isn’t a natural trait of Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs – they prefer to communicate and express themselves in a variety of different ways.  If barking is required of them in training then clearly this could be a problem.

The Saarlooswolfhond   29 comments

The Saarlooswolfhond  (or Saarlooswolfdog)


The Saarlooswolfhond(Dutch for “Saarloos Wolf dog”) was originally bred in 1921, by Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos who crossbred a male German Shepherd Dog “Gerhard van de Fransenum” with a female Eurasian Wolf “Fleur”. His aim was to produce a “super” German Shepherd Dog which was immune to distemper.  At that time it was known as the European Wolf-dog. He had full control over both the breeding program and the Wolf-dogs themselves until he died in 1969. The new breed was recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club in 1975 and was renamed Saarlooswolfhond (wolf dog) in honour of Leendert Saarloos. Saarlooswolfdogs were in the past trained as guide dogs for the blind. About 300 blind people have had Saarlooswolfdogs as guide dogs.


Attempts have been made to introduce them to rescue and police work, but the strong wolf traits, reserve, caution, flight and lack of ferocity particularly in regard to police work, made the majority of these wolf-dogs unsuitable candidates. Today’s Saarlooswolfdog is a strong imposing dog, and is also a very rare breed. Purebreds can cost up to $2,000.


The Saarlooswolfdog is a not a breed for novice dog owners, due to its size and strength. It is a bold and daring and powerful dog. It’s wolf-like appearance and typical wolf-gait make it a striking animal. This is not a dog for first time owners or anyone with little time to spare; It needs a lot of exercise, as it doesn’t tire easily.  Apartment and urban life are not appropriate for this breed. The animal needs a strong alpha leader; a dominant position that must be established by the owner from the start, and also a social atmosphere. Owners are well advised to have at least two of the breed because the animals are still pack-oriented. In this situation the alpha dog will soon become obvious and in leading its pack will also establish order. If isolated this will intensify any anti-social behaviour, and if locked in an enclosed space these dogs panic.


The breed is very intelligent. A great deal of patience is required for successful training because the breed doesn’t take well to obedience or schutzhund work and is extremely strong willed. But they are also very reliable dogs, with a tendency to become especially attached to one person, and are extremely loyal to their owner. It is possible to train them as Show Dogs as exemplified by the Saarloos male who won Group 1 at the Working Dog Show in Finland in 1998. They rarely bark, using a variety of alternative ways to alert their owner. It is recommended not to have a Saarlooswolfhond around children or other animals, because they still have a strong drive to kill prey.


Personal Protection Dogs   23 comments


Personal Protection Dogs are highly skilled in dealing with modern day threats and protect using intensive training provided by reputable dog training facilities.
Dogs trained to show controlled aggression will respond automatically when their handler is at immediate risk of attack, if their property is invaded or when the handler puts the dog on alert.  They remain sociable at all other times.
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Once the aggressor is neutralised or the immediate threat removed, the dog will return to friendly status and if given the appropriate command will even allow the aggressor sociable contact.


All dogs undergo an assessment for suitability – courageous and preferably even tempered.  A sound mind and good physical abilities .  Training usually lasts between 6 and 8 weeks.



Personal Protection Dogs could be categorised as a weapon therefore it is very important that companies behave responsibly, taking all steps reasonably possible to ensure that such dogs do not go to the wrong people.


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*All levels (4) of Protection Dogs are trained in on/off lead obedience, aggression alert and if the threat continues, attack, release and return to handler on command.




Protection Dogs make great family dogs, and are ideal for new and inexperienced handlers, whereas Elite Protection Dogs are the “Ultimate security.” They are selected only from dogs with working titles and from ring sports and retrained for protection work.


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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.