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Wolf Dog Breeding & Wolf Hybrid
At Sun Valley Wolf Kennels , we have been helping residents throughout Canada learn more and become more acquainted with the majestic Wolf Hybrid. While this majestic creature isn't for everyone, owners that do welcome a wolf dog in their home can expect many years of loyal companionship.
The wolf has had an influence on the culture, art, and lore of human societies since before historical times. A traditional fear of wolves is deeply ingrained in many cultures, where they are often regarded as livestock. Such perceptions have resulted in wolves being hunted to extinction in many parts of the world where they once were plentiful.
A wolf hybrid is the offspring of a breeding between a wolf (Canes lupus) and a dog (Canis familiaris). Breeding is possible since wolves and dogs are closely related genetically.
When considering the wolf hybrid, one cannot avoid discussing both the wolf and the dog. It is commonly accepted that the modern dog resulted from the domestication of the wolf, a process that began 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. Until this century, there has been little further interest in crossbreeding the two species. It is likely that wolves and dogs have sporadically interbred in nature for as long as both species have coexisted. Most mating probably occurred between roaming or feral dogs and wolves living apart from a pack. The offspring from such mating may have posed a hazard to the human communities near where they lived. After studying numerous historical and modern accounts of wolf attacks on humans, the Canadian naturalist C.H.D. Clarke concluded that most attacks involved either rabid wolves or hybrids.
Wolf-Hybrid Physical Characteristics:
Wolf hybrids have been known to exhibit physical characteristics of both the wolf and dog in differing combinations and to varying degrees. Though closely related, there are a number of anatomical and physiological differences between the two species.
Wolves generally weigh between 80 and 100 pounds, with females weighing less than males. An unusual wolf may reach 150 pounds or more. They have slim torso with narrow chests, long legs with large feet, and large heads with larger teeth and more powerful jaws than those of the dog. Their coat varies with the seasons; it is very thick with a dense undercoat in the winter and sheds to a thinner, shorter haired coat in the summer. Coat color varies from all black to a grizzled gray to all white. The eyes are usually a yellowish golden color.
Because of the range of possible variations, there is no general description that can be made of the wolf hybrid. They are often larger in size than either the wolf or dog from which they were bred, a phenomenon termed” hybrid vigor.” Though most high-percentage hybrids often retain much of the physical appearance of the wolf, many hybrids are indistinguishable from dogs in appearance.
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The absence of an objective behavioral study of this animal has contributed to the wolf hybrid controversy, and most opinions of their behavior can be readily divided between two opposing camps. One side describes them as being highly aggressive, destructive, unpredictable, and untrustworthy around humans, especially children. The other sees them as gentle, playful, intelligent, and loving animals, similar to the dog in their relations with people. In fact, many experienced hybrid owners claim that their animals are less dangerous than some breeds of dogs. Adding to the confusion, although anatomical differences between wolves and dogs are slight, the most notable difference between the two species is their behaviors. Animal behaviorist Michael W.Fox has described the domestic dog as a wolf with no behavioral patterns added, but with some patterns modified or reduced. As an example, the behavior of a wolf following a challenge or threat display is highly predictable. Similar displays by a dog, especially when directed toward a human, are much less predictive of the dog’s ensuing behavior. This is a result of the modification of the social behavior patterns of dogs that occurred during domestication.
Dogs are more aggressive than wolves, because they were not subject to the same selective pressures as the wolf. In addition, a number of dog breeds were developed specifically for their fighting ability and aggressive tendencies. Some hybrids can be more aggressive than the dog. Aggressive hybrids usually come from breeding with aggressive dog breeds, such as pit bulls or Rottweilers,….
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