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What am I Getting?

States are getting tough on wolf-dog owners, and the list of those that prohibit or heavily regulate wolf-dog ownership continues to grow...
States prohibiting and/or regulating wolf-dog ownership

How can you know that you're really getting a "90% wolf-dog", or a "low content wolf-dog", or an animal that contains any wolf at all? The truth is, you can't.

While breeders and owners often use percentages or content levels to describe – and put a price on – their wolf-dogs, such estimations are misleading because there is no way to control or determine which genes are inherited and expressed in their animals. Physical appearance is not an indicator of genetic content or behavior.

In addition, many breeders do not know (except when a pure wolf and pure dog produce first generation offspring) or do not disclose to a potential owner how many generations removed from a pure wolf the animal may be.

Not a wolf by any other name

Wolf-dogs are produced when a pure wolf or wolf-dog is bred with a domestic dog or another wolf-dog. While the definition of "hybrid" varies among scientific disciplines, it is commonly used in reference to wolf-dogs as a cross between two parental lines of chromosomally compatible breeding populations. Below is a list of terms that people commonly use when referring to wolf-dogs:

  • wolf-dog
  • wolf dog or wolfdog
  • wolf-dog hybrid
  • wolf-dog mix
  • hybrid, hybred, hibred, or hibreed
  • wolf cross
  • hybrid wolf
  • wolf
  • wolf mix dog

Wolves and dogs make a dangerous mix. But you think you know dogs? That your wolf-dog would be different because you can handle any dog? Think again?

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