The idea of owning a wolf dog is so intoxicating and filled with dream-like images of this majestic creature being with you at every beautiful moment in your life. The movies portray them as either heroes or villains, good or bad, and very little of the true nature of the wolf. We love them. We advocate for them. We want them in our lives. So is having a wolf like owning a dog? I can say with complete and utter confidence – ABSOLUTELY NOT. Please do not mistake wolves, even wolf-dog hybrids to be easy to train or live with. Now, while I can say this with confidence, it takes an extraordinary person to be able to own or care for a wolf dog. Owning a wolf dog is a full-blown lifestyle choice. Your life will revolve around them. Completely. Am I trying to talk people out of owning one? ABSOLUTELY NOT. But you will need to do some serious research into what it takes to possess such an incredible and highly intelligent animal. These are not the traditional dog breeds that you can take for a walk and then come home and veg on the sofa the rest of the day. These animals require and deserve a lot of research before even thinking of owning one.
Let’s think about this logically. The reason we love the wolf is because of what we see in videos and television or movies that portray certain aspects of the wolf. These animals are incredibly sensitive, highly intelligent, and unfathomably athletic. So as much as they will bond with you, due to their fragile nature, these animals need the understanding of what they truly are and their needs, both physical and mental. A lot of damage can be done to them mentally if you are unable to handle those needs. If you have no experience working with the larger somewhat wolf-like breeds such as Huskies, Malamutes, or German Shepherds or understand how they use their minds to test you, this might not be the best decision. These animals are smarter than the average dog. They are independent thinkers and able to work out a problem and devise their own solution, much to your chagrin if they cause damage in the process. They have incredible amounts of energy so going all day long is not a stretch. Depending on their breeding and how they were raised, they can be unpredictable. These animals also require special housing considerations and have particular licensing requirements. The list of things you need to research in order to own such an incredible animal is long and can be frustrating.
Concerning breeding, there are many different variations of wolf-dog breeds as well as breeders to accomplish your goals and give you a wolf-dog hybrid. Again, please be very careful when choosing a breeder as there are those that like to say their particular animals are more wolf than what they are or vice versa. There are many different classifications of wolf-dog percentages, and responsible breeders will be able to explain it to you so that you understand EXACTLY what you are getting. Please do your homework and, I can’t stress the importance of this enough, research, research, research. The most painful part of this is that if these animals go to the shelters or pound, more often than not, they are euthanized. They don’t do it to be mean, but trying to find a home for such an animal is not easy. These animals are for a very select and specific group of people.
I have included a few links below that will shed light on all of the things I mentioned above and more. For now, reach for the stars, believe in yourself, and howl at the moon for the sheer joy of it. Forever Follow the Wolf.