Educational Tips

 

 

1. What is a wolfdog?

A wolfdog or a “wolf hybrid” is the result from the mating of a wolf and a dog. Most breeders nowadays use wolfdog instead of hybrid due to the domestic dog being recategorized as a subspecies to the gray wolf which is the most common wolf in North America. Any wolfdog that has some sort of wolf heritage within the last 5 generations is considered a wolfdog. The most likely cross bred dogs are the German shepherd, Siberian husky, or the Alaskan malamute. Controversy has surrounded the wolfdog due to its supposed nature or it being seen as protected wildlife.

2. Widespread Misrepresentation issues:

Wolves are the first ancestor of the domestic dog. In any breed of dog you can imagine there would be similar traits and mannerisms. True wolf content in a wolfdog is so exaggerated and grossly misrepresented that people will easily believe a breeder and think they are getting an animal with wolf in its heritage. It is very easy to say your animal looks “wolfy”. A dog is subspecies to the gray wolf and they differ only by less than 1 percent genetically! As stated above even Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies are mistaken as a wolf even without being crossbred. They are just pure domestic dog.  True categorizing of wolf traits and content takes very educated answers based on phenotyping and comparing the true physical and behavioral traits between the two and comparing. So called “wolfdog attacks” on humans are profiled in the media as it was due to the wolf being in the animal. However whatever that dog was crossbred with is more likely to have generated the behavior causing the attack. No public DNA test has ever been done on a “wolfdog” after an attack to even indicate that the dog even had wolf content. Even most statistics show the wolfdog being not in the top 5 dangerous dogs, but the top 10, again and that’s without anyone knowing if there was true content.

 

3. Are they dangerous to humans?

Millions of people are attacked and either killed or at least severely bitten by domestic dogs. In stark contrast there has only been 2 documented fatal attacks on humans by pure wolves. One was in Alaska in 2010. A woman was attacked and killed by a pack of wolves. According to Alaskan Department of Fish and Game in its conclusions she had been jogging with headphones in a remote area running away from town and the pack happened to have encountered her suddenly. Necropsy done on several wolves thought to have been the attackers showed several diseased and emaciated but some were also healthy. The other attack occurred in the last 10 years in Canada. One confirmed attack and kill in the United States within the last 100 years where DNA was actually gathered and confirmed. The facts are that wolves are very shy and timid and afraid of us. They will run rather than encounter humans.

4. is it true they were on the Endangered Species Act?

According to the United States Natural Resources Conservation Service the gray wolf was listed as endangered on March 9, 1978 in 48 conterminous states except Minnesota. Reintroduction of the gray wolf back into the population began in the 1990’s resulting in them only recently being taken off the Endangered Species List. However they are declining yet again due to being exterminated by shooting, trapping, and poisonings. Their current crime is killing livestock to feed themselves and their pack. This means that in certain states they have bounties placed on their heads and even “wolf hunting seasons” are approved and carried out. Ranchers have options through preventive measures to help protect their cattle from the wolf by checking the herd, removing carrion, having guard dogs, better fencing, and security measures. There are states that even reimburse ranchers for the loss of cattle due to wolf attack!

 

5. Why do you we want to put them in cages and not let them be free?

With the growth of the human population and the wilderness being decimated for homes and businesses, the area where wolves live is shrinking. So we are forcing contact with them and they are losing the fight. If this continues they will yet again be endangered and on the list. Yes wolves are wild animals and should be left alone to live out their life in freedom. But as you can already see that’s just not reality. We do not want to cage any animal. We are getting to the point where we must protect them. Our enclosures will be very large and spacious with lots of natural landscape and habitat. At this point though because of state management plans, rules and regulations, and public misunderstanding, the health and survival of the wolf population has been severely compromised.