The Human Society of the
United States currently counts over 200,000 wolf-dog hybrids
in this country alone, are being kept as pets. Crossing a wolf
with a Malamute, Husky or German Shepherd is the most common
mix today. The theory is, mixing a wolf with a domesticated breed
will some how dilute the 'wild side' of the wolf.
- (Back to Robert Busch):
- "Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, hybrids
can be more aggressive than pure wolves, a lethal blend of wild
predator and domestic animal that has lost its fear of man. Hybrids
have a strong hunting instinct and have been known to regard
small children as suitable prey."
- "Hybrids tend to be taller and heavier than most domestic
mixed breed dogs and much stronger. Their wild nature makes them
resistive to both training and confinement."
No matter how much love and care you think
you can give to a high percentage hybrid, you can not replace
the necessary exercise, mental stimulation and deep seeded need
to be within a pack.
Because of his looks, we use Duke as our example of how 'exotic'
a domesticated mix breed can be. If you want to own a wolf, choose
a domesticated breed that already has the "look". If
you want a white wolf, the Malamute is a perfect substitute.
If you want a black wolf, the Belgian Shepherd is a wonderful
If you still insist on finding a wolf hybrid, then you must
do your research. Very few people are federally licensed to rescue
or kennel wolves. A few of these people are attempting to establish
a breed that can be domesticated. But even these exotic breeds
have to be treated differently than dogs. Hybrids "are not"
dogs, I can't state that with anymore seriousness than that.
A close friend of mine rescues wolves and hybrids from people
who got more than they bargained for. And it's very sad to see
the results and abuse that many of these creatures were put through.
Through her efforts she is one of these people who is working
with other rescuers to create a new hybrid breed called the Kugsha.
And I was blessed with being the recipient of one of the puppies
from one of her litters.
Merlin is classed as an F2 hybrid.
He was 8 weeks old when I brought him home. I thought I knew
enough about wolves to accept him and raise him. I was proven
somewhat wrong in that arrogant assumption. But thanks to Terry's
assistance, I fumbled through the learning and Merlin has been
one of the greatest blessings in my life.
But not everyone is as fortunate to know someone such as my
friend Terry. If it were not for her experience and knowledge,
and willingness to help on a weekly basis, things could have
turned out differently.
Through my life with Merlin I can tell you from experience
that wolves truly are not like a domesticated dog. I've never
not lived without a dog in my home. So with all that experience
and knowledge of raising a dog, there were many things that I
had to change, ways of doing things, feeding, training and accepting
some of his eccentricities that one doesn't have to do with dog.
So I encourage anyone thinking of owning a hybrid to find
that special domesticated mix-breed, such as Duke. The look can
still be there, without the special considerations of the wolf
and his characteristics.